Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3094: Cane Sword Attributed to "Fighting Bob" Evans

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Sword Cane Attributed to Rear Admiral Robley D. "Fighting Bob" Evans with Framed Photograph

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Sword Cane Attributed to Rear Admiral Robley D. "Fighting Bob" Evans with Framed Photograph

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U.S. Navy officer "Fighting Bob" Evans is holding a similar cane in the included framed group photograph (15 3/8 by 12 3/8 inches). Evans suffered multiple wounds to his leg in combat during a charge on the Confederate defenses at the Second Battle of Fort Fisher during the Civil War. Doctors wanted to amputate his leg and thought that he would not survive when he pulled a handgun and told them that he would not let them take it. He and his leg survived, but his leg never fully recovered. That did not prevent him from serving his country. He rejoined the navy after his wounds healed and served until his health declined in 1908 when he was in command of the Great White Fleet at the beginning of their famous trip around the world. The knotted burl wood cane is just shy of 36 inches in overall length. The dark tip appears to be horn, and the handle has a silver end cap with some scroll designs at the border. A small wooden button on the left allows the 13 3/4 inch cruciform blade to be drawn. The blade has scroll etching.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with mottled silver gray and brown patina on the blade, distinct etching, cracked cane tip, attractive aged patina on the silver, and minor overall wear. The framed photograph is very good with moderate chips on the edges of the frame, the backing opened, and a distinct image.

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