|Historical - United States|
|Realisation Price||1,250.00 USD|
Goldberg Auctioneers / Collectibles Auction - 27/07/2019 / Manuscripts / Lot 103
1769 Prescott Family Engraved Walking Stick Hickory shaft walking stick measuring 51" in length, with a lead cap at bottom. At top there is a 3.5" silver cap embossed with classical motif of a mother flanked by two nude children. Beneath the cap is a .75" brass collar period-inscribed: WP AUG 1769. Another brass collar with rolled edges, about 1.5", is immediately below and is engraved with the initials of subsequent Prescott family members with their birth and death dates: Maj. W.P. b 1728 d 1811, Capt. W.P. b 1762 d 1845, Dr. W.P. b 1788 d 1875, Col. W.C.P. b 1821, Mrs. G.S. nee P. b 1859, G.P.S. b 1881. Based on the consistent style of engraving and absence of death dates for younger descendants, this collar likely dates from the 1880s. The stick's original owner was family patriarch William Prescott (1728-1811), a New Hampshire resident who played an active role in the Revolutionary War, rising to the rank of Major. His son, William Prescott (1762-1845) attained fame as a plough-maker and also served in the NH Militia. His son William Prescott (1788-1875) graduated from Dartmouth College as a physician and authored a Prescott family history over 600 pages long. William C Prescott's title of Colonel also seems to be in the NH Militia, as his name doesn't appear in any Civil War rosters. A remarkably well-documented Revolutionary War gentleman's walking stick. Excellent condition.