Sir Walter Scott Cane

  • This historically significant cane was owned by the Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott
  • The cane is carved from wood from Hougoumont, a key position in the Battle of Waterloo
  • Scott had a particular fascination with the battle, and this cane was a cherished gift from a friend
  • The intriguing walking stick represents an important piece of literary and military history
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Item No. 30-4011

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Given to Sir Walter Scott by his childhood friend and publisher John Ballantyne, this walking stick represents an intriguing piece of both literary and military history. The cane is crafted of varnished hazel taken from the orchards of Hougoumont, a key position in the infamous Battle of Waterloo.

A Scottish novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott had an extraordinary fascination with the Battle of Waterloo, which took place on June 18, 1815 between the French and the Seventh Coalition. Beginning with his famous poem The Field of Waterloo, which was published in October 1815, the event frequently recurred as a consistent theme in his writings. He even visited the battlefield in August of 1815, at which time he spoke to numerous witnesses of the event and began his lifelong habit of collecting Waterloo memorabilia. Knowing his friend's penchant for collecting artifacts from Waterloo, John Ballantyne gifted this walking stick to Scott in 1817.

The Chateau d'Hougoumont and its orchards were one of three key positions in the legendary battle, and the site where that fighting first began on that historic day.

Engraved "Cut from the Wood of Hougoumont. 1817. J.B." and "Walter Scott of Abbotsford"

Circa 1817

Provenance:

Commissioned by John Ballantyne as gift for
Sir Walter Scott, First Baronet, 1817

36 1/2" length
Sir Walter Scott Cane
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Folk Art
Length: 36
Width: 36.5 Inches

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