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    Harry S Truman: Personal Cane. President Truman visited West Frankfort, Illinois in 1947 for a laying of a memorial wreath for War Veterans. Kenneth J. Gray, U.S. Congressman and chairman of the local Democratic Party, acted as the President's host. Before leaving, the President gave him a cane as a souvenir of the occasion. The wooden cane measures 36" and is covered with a gesso material stained crimson. A dragon appears in relief down the shaft. The handle is in the form of a bird or other mythical creature clutching a glass marble in its beak. It lacks the metal tip and there is some loss and chipping to the gesso at top and bottom. It is in pretty good shape overall. The lot is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Congressman Gray and an enlarged photo of Truman at the 1947 dedication event. Gray appears at the far right.

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    May, 2011
    21st Saturday
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