Walking Stick

Unidentified maker, United States Maker
c. 1800 Date:
Wood, deer antler, silver, brass Materials
Engraved on silver plaque on head of walking stick: From the grave of / Washington. / RV. to RVDW. Marks
From Richard Varick (1753-1831) to his nephew Richard Varick DeWitt (1800-1868) Provenance
Bequest of Sarah Walsh DeWitt Credit
1924.1.22 Accession number
The branch used for the walking stick was cut near the Mount Vernon grave site of George Washington. Colonel Richard Varick (1753-1831) gave it to his nephew Richard Varick DeWitt (1800-1868). George Washington appointed Varick, a New York lawyer, as his recording secretary, assigned to transcribe, organize, and file his letters, military proceedings, and other documents. The project took two years and resulted in 28 volumes. Relics such as this walking stick were popular mementos handed down through generations. Additional comments
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