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Posted 4 years ago

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The Society of California Pioneers' new display of artifacts from the early days of California includes a whole lot of canes, or as some may call them, walking sticks. There were so many, in fact, it was difficult to choose just four pictures to put up! I guess the early gold rushers liked having something to brace themselves with when walking. The artistry is quite impressive.

The first image has a handle of weaved silver and ivory and was a gift to the museum by Walter Gallatin.

The third image has two canes, the larger one is carved redwood, while the second has an ivory handle and has the engraving "Pixley Argonaut Office." The description on the museum describes Mr. Pixley, who I assumed owned this cane the following way:

"Frank Morrison Pixley (1825-95) was the editor of the Argonaut from 1877-1893, which he founded with Fred Somers in San Francisco. The journal attracted important writers (Gertrude Atherton and Ina Coolbrith) and commented on current events." It was a gift to the museum of Mr. Wilson Meyer.

Born in New York, Mr. Pixley came to California and mined in Yuba and later became the California's 8th Attorney General.

My personal favorite canes are the carved wood ones, because they appear to be one with the environment you might say... What's your favorite?

From my recent trip to the Society of California Pioneers...

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  1. elizabethsestatefinds4you elizabethsestatefinds4you, 3 years ago
    My favorite is the first! :D
  2. elizabethsestatefinds4you elizabethsestatefinds4you, 3 years ago
    I cna't get over the craftsmanship of the first one. Unbelievable how he wound the silver around the ivory in such a perfect fit to make it look like branches that naturally weaved together without snapping the ivory!
    I am all thumbs so I am always in awe of such abilities~
    *~*Lisa*~*
  3. lawat56 lawat56, 3 years ago
    VERY VERY NICE CANES I HAVE A FEW OLD ONES BUT NOTHING LIKE YOURS I HAVE ONE THAT HAS A SALAMANDER CARVED IN IT ,FOLK ART TYPE ,THANKS FOR SHARING LAWAT56
  4. Grendelking Grendelking, 3 years ago
    My personal favorites are the first one and the last one pictured. Very nice canes. Thank you for posting these. Very impressive workmanship.

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