Gold & Gold Quartz Dual Presentation Cane, General Samuel Breck - Antique Associated At West Townsend

Gold & Gold Quartz Dual Presentation Cane, General Samuel Breck

Martin White – Jan. 25, 1872 – James Maybery, Second Presentation: To Gen. Samuel Breck – 1900

Gold & Gold Quartz Dual Presentation Cane, General Samuel Breck

Gold and Gold Quartz Cane, California, c. 1872, the gold knob top centering an octagonal faceted gold quartz stone, the paneled collar with original presentation inscription “Martin White/Jan. 25th, 1872/James Mayberry”, and secondary presentation inscription “to Gen. Samuel Breck 1900″, on a tapering koa wood shaft indigenous to Hawaii. The cane terminates with a 1.5-inch ferrule. This is a marvelous/historic example that once belonged to a West Point graduate, Indian fighter, Civil War participant, and General.

The large gold and gold quartz knob handle measures 2.5-inches high and 1 1/2” across the top. Set within the top in a gold bezel containing a 1.25-inch faceted and polished gold quartz stone containing polished raw gold flecks and is free of cracks or fissures. The eight panel sides are decorated with elaborate engraving, four of which have matching engraving. Three panels are inscribed: “Martin White”, “Jan 25th, 1872”, and “James Mayberry”, which was the first presentation. The fourth panel is inscribed: “To Gen. Samuel Breck, 1900”. (This cane was given to General Samuel Breck after his retirement from his Adjutant General post in the U.S. Army in 1900. It was originally presented to Martin White by James Mayberry in 1872.)

Breck was born 25 February 1834; Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Died: 23 February 1918 (aged 83) Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Married to Caroline Juliet Breck. Father of Samuel J. Breck. Graduate of United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, on July 1, 1855. Served in the Third Seminole War. Professor of Geography, History and Ethics at West Point. First lieutenant and captain in the 1st United States Artillery from 1861 to 1862. Assistant adjutant general under General Irvin McDowell on November 29, 1861. Brevetted brigadier general on March 13, 1865 for “diligent, faithful and meritorious services during the war”. He served until he retired in 1898, serving the last year as Brigadier General, and Adjutant General of the Army.

Item Date: 1872 and 1900 Presentations

Measurement: Length: 35.75"

Material: Gold, gold quartz, koa Wood

Item Condition: Fine

Price: $9,450

SKU 232-385

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