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    Buffalo Bill (William F. Cody) Silver Top Cane Engraved to Family Friend, circa 1880s. An ebony cane with horn tip and machined silver top (marked sterling). The cane has a period inscription "From Buffalo Bill to Col. G. W. Torrence". Measures approximately 35ΒΌ" long.

    Cody mentions Colonel Torrence in a poignant story from his autobiography, Life and Adventures of "Buffalo Bill": "For the season of 1875-76, Texas Jack and I reorganized our old combination, and made a very successful tour. While we were playing at Springfield, Massachusetts, April 20th and 21st, 1876, a telegram was handed me just as I was going on the stage. I opened it and found it to be from Colonel G. W. Torrence, of Rochester, an intimate friend of the family, who stated that my little boy Kit was dangerously ill with the scarlet fever. This was indeed sad news, for little Kit had always been my greatest pride. I sent for John Burke, our business manager, and showing him the telegram, told him that I would play the first act, and making a proper excuse to the audience, I would then take the nine o'clock train that same evening for Rochester, leaving him to play out my part. This I did, and at ten o'clock the next morning I arrived in Rochester, and was met at the depot by my intimate friend Moses Kerngood who at once drove me to my home. I found my little boy unable to speak but he seemed to recognize me and putting his little arms around my neck he tried to kiss me. We did everything in our power to save him, but it was of no avail. The Lord claimed his own, and that evening at six o'clock my beloved little Kit died in my arms. We laid him away to rest in the beautiful cemetery of Mount Hope amid sorrow and tears."

    Condition:
    Bottom tip has small hole, sterling has bumps in metal.


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