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Object ID 1956.002.003
Object Name Cane
Collection Costume and Accessories
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Edward Glenn Cook
Date circa 1853
Description Man's walking cane made from sixty-three shark vertebrae threaded onto an iron rod. The pommel is carved from ebony into the shape of a clenched fist. The tip is missing.
Dimensions L-37.25 inches
Dimension Details vertebrae are approx. 1" diameter greatest size; fist is 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 2 1/4"
Owned Bishop Levi Scott
Provenance This item came to the Society from Mrs. Edward Glenn Cook and Miss Cornelia Townsend and belonged to Bishop Levi Scott (1802-1882) of Odessa, DE, Senior Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States from 1874 until his death in 1882. In 1853, the year after his election to the Episcopacy of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishop Scott sailed for Africa, visiting the missions on that coast and presiding at the session of the Liberia Annual Conference.
Subjects Souvenirs
Sharks
Missions
Mission churches
People Scott, Bishop Levi
Search Terms Canes
Walking Sticks
Bishop Levi Scott
Nineteenth Century
Shark Vertebrae
Liberia
Africa
Travel Souvenirs
Material Shark vertebrae body; ebony head
Place of Origin Africa