Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Restoration of Dr. Alonzo Garcelon Gold Capped Walking Stick

This cane came to us in two pieces with dust and dents.  We worked with hand tools to refurbish it to it's previous beauty.  The craftsmanship is amazing! 
Shown above is a 14k gold capped walking stick originally owned by Dr. Alonzo Garcelon. It was gifted to him upon retirement from the American Medical association 1903. The inscription reads:
Dr. Garcelon
From the members of the
Board of Trustees
Portrait of Dr. Alonzo Garcelon (courtesy Maine State Museum)

Dr. Garcelon served as Maine's General surgeon during the Civil war and later went on to become the Governor of Maine in 1879 serving two terms. His son Charles Garcelon built the large white house, known as The Garcelon Mansion, on Kezar lakes upper bay. 

A piece like this is highly collectable, luckily this beauty remains in the family and is now owned by Alonzo’s great great grandson who is a local of the Lovell area. We restored  the cap of this 111 year old cane to look good as new after it had remained in storage for several years. We must say Jim looked quite dapper on his way out of the gallery!

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