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Civil War Folk Art Cane With Inlaid Coin Struck by Bullet

A fine cane with shallow relief carved inscription spiraling along entire length of shaft reading From D.G. Nyman to George H. Boggs. Omaha, Neb. Centennial Year 1876. This cane was cut from South Mountain Battlefie[l]d near where General Reno. fell, with U.S. One Cent coin struck by bullet inlaid at handle and shallow relief carved inscription surrounding coin that reads This cent was struck by a rebel bullet while in the pocket of a Union Soldier at the Battle of Antietam.; 1 in. thimble as ferrule, overall 34 in. long.

A search for D.G. Nyman in Ancestry.com brought up the 1880 U.S. Census for Boonsboro, MD, and a retired glovemaker by the name of Daniel G. Nyman. It is possible that this particular individual spent his time making canes such as this for Civil War veterans. As per HDS, George H. Boggs enlisted as a private, and was drafted into Co. C, 76th Ohio Infantry, on 10/7/1862. Boggs was mustered out near Vicksburg, MS, on 8/4/1863. The 76th OVI was heavily involved in combat in the western theater, at Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, Ringold, Atlanta, and Bentonville. Although Boggs did not see action in Maryland at South Mountain Battlefield or Antietam, it is possible that he acquired this cane at a G.A.R. Reunion taking place at a venue in Maryland.

Condition:Some scattered nicks and scratches in cane.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$3,819
06/11/2010

 

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