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Henry Chadwick's Gold-Handled Cane
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $7,475.00
Extremely high quality custom made gold-handled gentleman's walking stick (34 inches) once belonged to Henry Chadwick. The ornately decorated gold handle is beautifully engraved "Presented to Henry Chadwick by his Brothers, Chrismas/1885." The cane was probably a gift to him from his brothers, Frederick and Edwin Chadwick, although it is also possible the term "Brothers" refers to members of one of the many organizations to which Chadwick belonged. The handle, which though not marked appears to be actual gold, is elaborately designed with a floral motif, and is attached to a high quality glazed dark brown wood shaft with original tip. The cane is accompanied by a cabinet card photograph (4.5 x 6.5 inches) of Chadwick's brother Edwin (Ex), and a letter from Edwin Chadwick to Henry. The four-page letter (in good condition, with some peripheral paper loss, not affecting legibility), dated Dec. 6, 1875, sends congratulations to Henry on the marriage of his daughter, and refers to the photograph of himself. Edwin Chadwick was a very prominent Englishman, and very famous in his own right. He was highly regarded as a pioneer in sanitary science, and was knighted by Queen Victoria. This letter includes extraordinary content specifically referencing his brother Henry Chadwick's contributions to the game of baseball and American culture. This key passage reads: "To the Americans when I meet or who call upon me I mention with pride, the large addition you have made to health and thought, by a new pleasurable exercise, taken up by an entire community." The photograph and letter are ideal for display with the cane, which is in Excellent to Mint condition. Total 3 items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $7,475.00
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