Carved Cane Identified to John Kent, Charlestown, 1836

Dark wood cane,approx.  37 in., with a white handle that is either bone or a light wood. The neck has a ribbed design while the shaft has snakes entwined around with some other decorative elements. The handle identifies the cane to John Kent/ Charlestown/ July 4th 1836

It is possible that John Kent was a wealthy brewer who lived in Charlestown, Massachusetts at the time of the cane. He was born in Suffolk County, England but immigrated to Canada with his family. Fertile soil that produced good hops attracted Kent to Massachusetts. He lived in Charlestown for a while, but, in 1851, he commissioned a group of Irish stone masons to construct on a stone cottage inspired by architect Andrew Jackson Downing for his second wife in Burlington, Massachusetts. The house still stands, but his second marriage was less formidable than his home. Soon after construction ended, Kent's second wife left him and his daughter, Helen. He never remarried and lived alone with Helen until he died of gastritis in 1870. Helen lived and died in the house an old maid. She left Kent Cottage and the estate to seven people in 1897. 



Provenance:Property of N. Flayderman & Co.


Some cracking of the handle and wear of the finish on the shaft. There is no ferrule and appears to be some damage to the wood on the tip. 

Estimate: $200 - $400
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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