Benjamin Franklin's Walking Stick

Description
A French admirer presented this gold-capped walking stick to Benjamin Franklin while he was serving as ambassador to France. Franklin later bequeathed the cane to his friend and fellow revolutionary George Washington.
A celebrated writer, inventor, scientist, and advocate for U.S. independence, Franklin rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most famous Americans of the 18th century. Through advice and example, Franklin helped define the American ideal of self-improvement through virtue and hard work.
Object Name
cane
Date made
1783
owner
Washington, George
user
Franklin, Benjamin
Physical Description
gold (head material)
gold (label material)
wood (walking stick material)
Measurements
overall: 46 1/2 in x 1 3/8 in; 118.11 cm x 3.4925 cm
ID Number
PL*032011
catalog number
032011
accession number
68016
See more items in
Political History: Political History, General History Collection
National Treasures exhibit
Government, Politics, and Reform
Exhibition
American Stories
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

"Once bequeathed to George Washington, what did Washington do with the Walkingstick upon his death and how did it end up in your possession?"

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