Peter Finer

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A Californian Presentation Walking-Cane, Gold-Mounted and Set with Gold Quartz, c. 1867-70

Item Ref: 2137 Price on application

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USA. Gold, gold quartz, wood, metal.


Private collection, USA

The presentation inscription reads in four parts:

” Presented to Hon.”/”H.B. Newell”/”By the Engrossing Clerks”/ “Of the Assembly” 

The Hon. Hugh Bell Newell was a member of the California State Assembly from El Dorado County from 1867-70 and possessed vast land holdings in Gold Hill, one of the richest mining regions in California. In the 1860’s Newell was also an Officer of the Grand Lodge No.92 in Coloma, CA. 

The Engrossing clerks of the California State Assembly were (and continue to be) responsible for the specialist proof reading and editing of all bills, resolutions and constitutional amendments arising within the State Assembly. 

With 14kt gold top formed with faceted sides rising to a swelling apex, engraved with bright-cut patterns of figure-of-eight guilloche and cabling over four alternate facets, with the presentation inscription engraved in four parts over the remaining four facets, engraved with a festooned pattern interspersed with bouquets encircling the top, and the upper face with a raised setting for the stone. The setting filled with a piece of gold quartz polished flat, with eight bevelled edges and showing high quality gold figuring throughout. Mounted on its original ebonised wooden cane with metal tip.

Size: Overall 94 cm / 37 in, The top 3.2 cm / 1 ¼ in high