Benjamin Franklin's Walking Stick

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Description
A French admirer presented this gold-capped walking stick to Benjamin Franklin while he was serving as ambassador to France. Franklin later bequeathed the cane to his friend and fellow revolutionary George Washington.
A celebrated writer, inventor, scientist, and advocate for U.S. independence, Franklin rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most famous Americans of the 18th century. Through advice and example, Franklin helped define the American ideal of self-improvement through virtue and hard work.
Credit Line
U.S. Department of State
See more items in
Political and Military History: Political History, General History Collection
National Treasures exhibit
Government, Politics, and Reform
Exhibition
American Stories
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
1783
ID Number
PL.032011
catalog number
032011
accession number
68016
owner
Washington, George
Franklin, Benjamin
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition
Related Web Publication
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures
Physical Description
gold (head material)
gold (label material)
wood (walking stick material)
Measurements
overall: 46 1/2 in x 1 3/8 in; 118.11 cm x 3.4925 cm
National Museum of American History
Object Name
cane