EARLY GETTYSBURG SOUVENIR CANE - MEADE'S HEADQUARTERS

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Here is an early souvenir walking cane made of wood taken from the Gettysburg Battlefield.  This wooden cane measures 35" long. The handle area retains a covering of the original bark. The entire surface length of the cane appears to have been sanded smooth. It was then decorated with multiple wavy designs effected by lightly burning the surface. Below the handle, "MEADE'S HDQS" is boldly outlined, burned into the cane. Bottom of cane features a brass tip.

Cane is in very good condition. Shows a few small cracks in the surface, but is still sturdy.

There is a photo of young local Gettysburg boys at Devil's Den in 1900 displaying canes to sell as souvenirs.  They are - Emory Daugherty, Arthur Shields, William Shields, Clarence Shields, and Thomas Rosensteel. Present in the photo is the burner that was used for burning the design into the woodburned canes. Photo is included in the book, "Adams County Area Pictorial History".    [sl]

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