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    18K Presentation Walking Stick with Liberty Bell Insert With Impeccable Provenance. An outstanding walking stick owned by a Enoch Gove, a prominent citizen of Stockton, California. The walking stick measures 36 1/2" in length from the metal ferrule to the end of 18K gold head. Along the octagon shaped head it is beautifully engraved with ornamental designs. On four of the sides are are inscriptions pertaining to the walking stick, and the presentation. The inscriptions read "Presented to Enoch Gove by his fellow citizens of Stockton Oct. 25th, 1855"...."The setting is a portion of the Bell that proclaimed by ringing the news of the Declaration of Independence"...."Manufactured out of an original piece of Timber of Independence Hall in the City of Philadelphia"...."Premium Virtutis". On the top it reads "Proclaim Liberty Throughout all the land unto all the Inhabitants thereof". Set in the middle of the top is an actual piece of the Liberty Bell engraved as a bell with "1776" on it. The walking stick comes with supporting original documentation dating back to 1855. The first letter is dated Philadelphia July 18, 1855 and was written by Jacob Bennett Jewelers No 122 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, and reads "I certify that the piece of the metal in the top of the large octagon cane head made by me for Mr Cooper is a true piece of the Bell that (Proclaimed Liberty throughout all the land unto all the Inhabitants thereof) and that it was taken by me from off the Bell as it hung in the tower of Independence Hall in Philadelphia". The next document, dated February 23, 1855, reads in part "that George Doll who on his solemn oath duly administered by me, according to law did declare and say that the walking cane sold & delivered by him to Mr Joseph B. Coopers this day was manufactured by him out of an original piece of timber taken from Independence Hall in the City of Philadelphia , while undergoing repairs the year one thousand eight hundred & fifty four....". The last period letter was written by Joseph B. Coopers, dated Stockton, Cal. October 1855, and reads "This certifies that the cane purchased by the friends of Enoch Gove Esq. this day from me is the same cane that was manufactured by Mr George Doll (No. 10 1/2 North Sixth Street in the city of Philada.) out of an original piece of timber taken from Independence Hall, and sold to me on the twenty third day of February Eighteen hundred and fifty five (1855). The said cane is the same that was mounted by Mr Jacob Bennett (No 122 Chestnut Street in the city of Philadelphia) with a gold octagon head having in it a setting made of a portion of the old Independence bell, that is now preserved in Independence Hall. Mr Doll and Mr Bennett are now and have been engaged in business for many years in the locations above described, and their certificates with regard to the cane accompany this certification. Joseph B. Coppers". Enoch Gove was a prominent citizen of Stockton, being on the staff of the fire department and involved in politics. With the provenance is a copy of a letter from the United States Department of the Interior regarding the piece of the Liberty Bell in the walking stick, in part "As to the piece of metal embedded in the head of your walking stick being part of the Liberty Bell, that is also quite possible. During the nineteenth Century metal filings we periodically removed from the bell for a variety of reasons. During the city's 1846 attempt to repair the Bell's crack, for example, several pounds of metal were extracted from it. Some of this metal was then used to fashion rings for members of the City Council. Perhaps the piece in your stick is related to similar event....". An amazing relic pertaining to the bell that rung in liberty for our country.



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