Thomas Jefferson Relic Cane - Hand Carved Folk Art Cane By Craddock Ca1894
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Thomas Jefferson Relic Cane - Hand Carved Folk Art Cane By Craddock Ca1894:
Outstanding, original, ca1894, Hand Carved, Folk Art Relic Cane made from wood cut near the Tomb of Thomas Jefferson and carved by Thomas Jefferson Craddock - a Confederate Civil War Cavalryman and accomplished wood carver who was known to sell examples of his work outside the Tomb of Thomas Jefferson during the late 19th century. This Cane was carved for and was the personal property of Wilson S. Bissell - the Postmaster General of the United States at the time under President Grover Cleveland
This fantastic American Folk Art / Thomas Jefferson Relic Cane measures approx. 32 3/4" long and is carved from a single piece of basswood (also known as linden) with extremely intricate, all-over carving done in a spiral pattern down the length of the shaft. The carving features a foliate background design with images of animals including beavers, birds, rabbits, fish, birds, snakes and other reptiles. These images and designs surround text inscriptions that read "Thomas Jefferson Born Apr 13, 1743" / "Was President USA 1801-1809" / "Wrote Declaration of Independence" / "Founder of University of Virginia 1819" / "Died July 4th 1826" / "Jefferson's Dying Words - I Resign My Spirit to God, My Daughter to My Country" / "This Cane Was Cut Near Jefferson's Tomb". Most interesting are the words carved near the top of the Cane which rear "Wilson S. Bissell Of New York / Postmaster General of USA / Washington D.C.". This Cane was made for the Postmaster general during his term of office which ran from 1893 to 1895.
Wilson S. Bissell - the owner of this Cane - was an American politician from New York. He graduated from Yale University in 1869 and was a member of Skull and Bones. From 1873 to 1882 he was a law partner of future President Grover Cleveland. Bissell entered Democratic Party politics as a candidate for Presidential Elector in 1888. He served as Postmaster General under Cleveland from 1893 to 1895. In 1896 he was a delegate to the 1896 Democratic National Convention. Apgar's Corners in Tewksbury Township, NJ (Hunterdon County) was renamed in 1893 as the village of "Bissel" in an effort to sway him into ordering that a post office be created in the settlement. A small post office building (no longer in existence) was established soon thereafter.
The Cane features a contiguous handle with carved collar band and (like all Craddock Canes we have ever seen) is flat on the bottom and never had a ferrule on the end. While it is not signed by the artist, it is undoubtedly the work of Thomas Jefferson Craddock. Examples of Craddock's Folk Art Canes are part of the collection of the Virginia Historical Society and CowanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sales has sold 2 examples of CraddockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Canes over the past 10 years. All known examples exhibit nearly identical text elements and similar designs and images as those seen on the Thomas Jefferson Relic Cane offered here!!
According to the book "John Bowie Strange Camp, U. C. V.(United Confederate Veterans)Ã¢â‚¬ï¿½ (published by the Michie Co., Charlottesville, VA. - page 101), Ã¢â‚¬Å“Thomas Jefferson Craddock resided near Milton, VA. He entered the Confederate army as a member of General Thomas L. Rossner's command of cavalry and was a fine soldier. He had a genius for carving and his remarkable canes were noted near and farÃ¢â‚¬ï¿½. Also noted elsewhere: Ã¢â‚¬Å“CRADDOCK, Thomas J., enlisted February 1, 1862; wounded February 20, 1863, at HamiltonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s CrossingÃ¢â‚¬ï¿½. Apparently Thomas' two brothers enlisted on the same day, A. J.(wounded Oct. 12, 1864, at Petersburg) and William R. in Company K 2nd Virginia.
This very rare and important, Thomas Jefferson Relic / American Folk Art Cane is in very good condition retaining its beautiful, rich and warm patina as well as a lustrous surface finish that is both original and exceptionally well preserved. There is some light wear to a couple of the high spots and a couple of small spots of discoloration to the finish but overall this beautiful example of the finest in American Hand Carved Folk Art is exceptionally well preserved and displays beautifully.
A very rare and important, ca1894, Hand Carved, Folk Art Relic Cane made from wood cut near the Tomb of Thomas Jefferson and carved by Thomas Jefferson Craddock and a fantastic addition to any cane, Folk Art or Civil War collection!!!
PLEASE NOTE:This wonderful ca1894 American Folk Art, Hand Carved, Thomas Jefferson Relic Cane is unconditionally guaranteed to be original and as described above. It is backed by our Ã¢â‚¬Å“no questions askedÃ¢â‚¬ï¿½ return policy and lifetime guarantee of authenticity. The Cane is unconditionally guaranteed to be deemed authentic by any third party authentication service and will be accompanied by our own Letter of Authenticity with a statement of our unconditional return policy and guarantee of authenticity.
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