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Object ID # 1959.001.007
Object Name Cane
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 1918
Made Unknown
Place of Origin France? Belgium?
Description One smooth wooden walking cane carved with "1914.18. Maas - Mosell," carved into the outside shaft - the name of two rivers in that flow through France and Belgium (both) as well as other European countries (separately). The cane has a hook at the upright end and tapers toward the tip. The downward end had a non-slip rubber tip (now removed) on it that is probably newer than the cane (added by Dr. Harding?).
Provenance Handcarved, likely in France or Belgium in 1918 (self-dated), since both the Maas River and the Mosell River are in both countries. Unknown maker.

Found by Reverend (Dr.) A. Harding Priest on an unidentified battlefield when he was serving as a Chaplain overseas in Europe during World War I (1914-1918).

After the war, Priest married Stella Bowlby and became an Anglican official. The Priests eventually resided in Owen Sound, Grey County.
Collection Personal Gear / Folk Art Collection
Material Wood
Dimensions W-15 L-86 cm
Found European battlefield
People Priest, Dr. Arthur Harding
Subjects World War I (First World War/The Great War)
France
Belgium
Wood carving
Folk art