Lot #1247
Lot #1249

Lot 1248: Gilt Handled Cane Inscribed to Pennsylvania Sheriff George Work

Historic Gilt Handled Cane Inscribed to Major George T. Work, Pennsylvania Sheriff and Documented Strike Buster

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1248: Gilt Handled Cane Inscribed to Pennsylvania Sheriff George Work

Historic Gilt Handled Cane Inscribed to Major George T. Work, Pennsylvania Sheriff and Documented Strike Buster

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000
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Historic Gilt Handled Cane Inscribed to Major George T. Work, Pennsylvania Sheriff and Documented Strike Buster

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Beginning in approximately the 16th century, canes gradually became more popular among the upper echelons of society, reaching its pinnacle around the late-19th to early-20th centuries. They became far more than just an accessory to assist with mobility, and more of a symbol of ones status and wealth. The gilt L-shaped handle on this example has been inscribed "Presented to Maj. Geo. T. Work. The Gallant Soldier and efficient Sheriff by the Citizens of California & Vicinity March 1879" in eight lines. The "California" refers to a borough in Washington County, Pennsylvania where George T. Work was elected sheriff. Newspapers from the region in February of 1879 reference Sheriff Work assembling a large posse to arrest striking coal miners along the upper Monongahela river, leading the writer to believe this cane, presented a month later, may have been a gift from the mine owners of the area. The grip is gilt and features floral motifs throughout along with the inscription while the shaft is ebonized and tipped with brass. It measures 36 3/8 inches overall.

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Fine overall, the the bright gilt handle showing minimal handling evidence and some scattered light scuffs and handling marks on the shaft.



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