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    Important 1861 Presentation Cane Given to Hon. Schuyler Colfax to Honor His Role in Westward Expansion, "The Generous Friend of Western Interests." Schuyler Colfax would eventually serve as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Ulysses S. Grant's first vice president, but at this time he was a congressman chairing the House Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads. The inscription on the gold knob of this gorgeous presentation cane makes it clear that in this role he favored support by the government for the means of communication and transportation which helped facilitate rapid western expansion in the 3rd quarter of the 19th century. It reads: "Jas. A. Storm of the City Council of St. Joseph, Mo. to Hon. Schuyler Colfax, the generous friend of Western interests."

    St. Joseph was of course the eastern terminus of the legendary Pony Express, as well as a major jumping off point for wagon trains headed west. St. Joseph was greatly enriched by the flow of people and goods west, and it is not surprising that a prominent businessman and member of the city council would wish to honor and thank Colfax for his active support. Storm was a contractor who supervised construction of the Pacific House, the courthouse of Buchanan County and other significant St. Joseph buildings. He was also a partner in a company that manufactured tents, yokes for teams of oxen, and other equipment which could be sold profitably to a steady stream of pioneers heading westward.

    The side panels of the gold handle feature beautifully engraved images of a Pony Express rider, a stagecoach, a steam locomotive and a stretch of telegraph wire - the most representative imaginable symbols of this exciting era of explosive growth.

    Heritage has handled several quite significant engraved presentation canes from the Old West, but none as masterfully rendered or evocative as this one. While other canes honor specific individuals or events, this one seems to capture the full essence and spirit of the great American western expansion.

    The cane, in beautiful condition, is accompanied by a substantial file of research materials, as well as a fine period oil portrait of Colfax, a handwritten Colfax letter on his vice presidential letterhead, contemporary photographic images, and a contemporary biography.

    Please note: This cane has been tested by the Heritage Fine Jewelry department, and confirmed to be solid gold, approximately 18k.


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