Benjamin Franklin's Walking Stick

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
Date made
Washington, George
Franklin, Benjamin
Physical Description
gold (head material)
gold (label material)
wood (walking stick material)
overall: 46 1/2 in x 1 3/8 in; 118.11 cm x 3.4925 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
National Treasures exhibit
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Political History: Political History, General History Collection
National Treasures exhibit
American Stories
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
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