Additional Information: Presented to Honorable D.M. Burns – Secretary of State – From the
Employees of his Department – January 8th, 1883. [Daniel M. Burns was California’s Secretary
of State, 1880-1883)
DANIEL MONROE BURNS Probably the youngest Tennessean at Sutter's Fort when the
eastern gold seekers began to arrive in 1849 was Daniel born in Paris, Tennessee, in 1845. He,
an older brother Thomas M., and sister Laura A. had accompanied their parents William and
Caroline Griffin Burns when they left Henry County in 1846 to lead a wagon train of settlers to
Oregon. While in route, their father died of cholera. Sometime after reaching Oregon, the
widowed mother married Alfred Shelby, and in February 1849, they responded to the gold
discovery by relocating to Sutter's Fort.
• Burns served in the army during the Civil War, promoted to Colonel.
• Service Record: Enlisted in Company B, California 4th Infantry Regiment on 15 Apr
1864.Mustered out on 19 Feb 1866 at Drum Barracks, CA.
• 1872-1876: Deputy County Clerk, Yolo County
• 1877-1880: Deputy County Clerk, Yolo County
• 1890s: Police Commissioner, City of San Francisco
• 1899: Candidate for U.S. Senate (Lost)
Died 30 May 1927 in Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California, United State
Additional Information: 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.
Patriotic carvings including spreading eagle, shields, birds, snake, turtle, acorn, Civil
War Corps insignias and other carvings including Grand Army of the Republic medal.
Dark brown painted shaft, fine scratch-carved detailing; inking and red paint. A very fine
example. See George Meyers, "American Folk Art Canes", page 146-147 to view a
closely related cane. There is a shrinkage fissure to the grip else fine and original.
Rare pair prisoner of war folk art walking sticks displaying the names of husband, and
wife. Beautiful carved and painted serpents; the trips are crafted of bullets/casings.
Inscribed “Made by Austrian Prisoner of War. Internment Camp Edgewood B.C.”
Larger cane inscribed “John Black”, the slightly smaller ‘Mrs. J Black”. Internment Camp Edgewood BC.
The Edgewood Camp, British Columbia, Canada imprisoned WWI Ukrainian Canadians
and other Eastern European circa1915/16. When the war began, the Canadian
government implemented the War Measures Act and issued an order-in-council
resulting in the internment of over 8,500 “enemy aliens,” more than half of whom were
Ukrainian immigrants. Excellent original condition. (Length: 30.5"; length: 34.5")
An outstanding sterling presentation cane in case. Crook-type with elaborate scrollwork from the crook to about two-thirds down the shaft, followed by an engraved checkerboard pattern. A presentation inscription reads TO W.A.M. DUNDAS ESQR., FROM SINGER ORGANIZATION CEYLON 29.3.41. Below this inscription, in the scrollwork is an engraved bird of paradise. At the base of the crook is a repousse' elephant and at the tip of the crook is a repousse' and engraved flower. The cane is marked near the bottom PUNCHI SINGHO & BRO. It tests sterling and comes in its original, velvet-lined, rosewood case. In superb condition the cane measures 36.5-long; case is 38.5-inches long.
A friendly polka dot painted serpent having a forked sheet iron tung is coiled around the
carved and painted tapering shaft…also a wonderful little green frog. The shafted is
incised and carved. (Length: 32.25")
Beautifully carved hand with ringed finger, bracelet and cuff holding a ball above the tapering inlaid
shaft featuring an open chamber containing three carved dice; a pair of snakes, their eyes set with
mine cut stones are coiled around the stick. (Length: 35")
The orb shape grip above a vocabulary of relief carved figures centered by banded barrels; bird, clover
and anchor above man and woman; Odd Fellows three link chain and squirrel, turkey, skull and
crossbones and heart in hand…all above a delicately carved snake which is missing an inch of its tail.
The recipient’s initials are engraved on end of grip, the presentation within oval cartouche…topside of
handle; detailed repoussé and chasing; ebony shaft; German silver or nickel and steel ferrule.
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