This unique Civil War presentation cane has a large silver coin inlaid in the top of the grip that has been engraved and inscribed. The inscription reads "Gettysburg/Battle field/July 3rd 1863./D.M. Vance/M.D." This inscription may be to Duncan M. Vance, who was captain of Company B of the 11th U.S. Infantry, which took part in the Battle of Gettysburg. Vance appears to have been captain of the company for most of 1862 and 1863, when the regiment took part in many major battles including Mechanicsville, Gaines’ Mill, Malvern Hill, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. The cane is made of a knobbed branch, which may have been collected at the battlefield, with a large bulbous grip area with the coin inset as previously stated, and is tipped with iron. It measures 36 1/2 inches overall.
Fine, the body of the cane showing some mild wear and a few hairline age cracks while maintaining most of the finish and an attractive antique patina on the silver coin. An interesting piece of Civil War history!
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