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A Rare Cane with Paper Trail From Abraham Lincoln to Major Ben: Perley Poore of Indian Hill

Updated: Aug 14, 2020

A Cane presented to President Lincoln was one of the relics owned by Major Ben: Perley Poore at his home, Indian Hill Farm in West Newbury, Massachusetts. Currently In A Private Collection. 

The cane is most likely designed by John C. Nobles of Rushford, New York, and presented to President Abraham Lincoln in 1864. There are two copies of correspondences answering queries on the cane. One from the United States Office of Commerce Patent Office and the other from United States Office of Interior Park Service in 1965 (provided by the current owner). The letters suggest the cane was a design by Nobles, but no direct match has been made to Lincoln. However, there are letters, memorial sketches, and newspaper clippings that reveal a direct association.  

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