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Object ID 1930.036.004
Object Name Cane
Collection Commemoratives/Souvenirs
Credit line Gift of Mrs. J. Ernest Smith and Mrs. John P. Gillis
Year Range from 1825
Year Range to 1860
Description Walking stick made from a dark-stained, knotty limb with an engraved silver top: " Comm o J. Biddle / to / Doct r B. Henry / to / Commd r J.P. Gillis." To the right of this text is a bracket joining these names to text "U.S. Navy."
Dimensions H-35.5 W-2 inches
Owned Commodore James Biddle, Dr. B. Henry, Commander John P. Gillis
Provenance According to the inscription, this cane passed from Commodore James Biddle of Philadelphia, PA (1783 -1848), to Dr. B. Henry, and then to Commander John P. Gillis of Wilmington, DE (1803 -1873). The occasion for the presentation is unknown. The cane came from the Gillis family and was given by his wife Elizabeth Tatnall Gillis.
Subjects Silver
People Gillis, Commodore John P.
Search Terms Canes
Walking Sticks
Civil War
John P. Gillis
John Gillis
Material Wood stick; silver top