Support ANTIQUES ROADSHOW by supporting public television! Give Today
  • ON TV
  • SHOP
  • The Roadshow Archive

    Andrew Jackson Presentation Cane, ca. 1830

    Appraised Value:

    $3,000 - $5,000 (2013)

    Appraised on: June 29, 2013

    Appraised in: Boise, Idaho

    Appraised by: Matthew Quinn

    Category: Decorative Arts

    Episode Info: Boise (#1803)

    Originally Aired: January 20, 2014

    slideshow IMAGE: 1 of 3 Next 

    More Like This:

    Form: Walking stick
    Material: Wood, Bamboo, Horn, Silver
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $3,000 - $5,000 (2013)

    Related Links:

    Understanding Our Appraisals
    Useful tips to keep in mind when watching ANTIQUES ROADSHOW


    Appraisal Video: (2:12)


    Appraised By:

    Matthew Quinn
    Decorative Arts, Pottery & Porcelain

    Quinn's Auction Galleries

    Appraisal Transcript:

    GUEST: This is a walking cane. The stick is bamboo and the handle is elk horn. It belonged to General Andrew Jackson. The general gave it to Dr. John W. Baylor. Baylor is an ancestor of my husband's: great-great-great-grandfather.

    APPRAISER: The first question we have to ask ourselves is how do you know that this is from Andrew Jackson? How do we know?

    GUEST: Well, first of all, on the top of the cane is a silver plaque that says "General A. Jackson to Dr. John W. Baylor."

    APPRAISER: You look at two things: construction-- the forensics of what we're looking at-- and then the provenance associated with what you have. Now, direct family descent is very good, so we can take that through your family and bring it straight to you. So that's the first plus. That's part of the reason I know it's real. Secondly, Andrew Jackson was known to give canes to folks.

    GUEST: Oh.

    APPRAISER: Fortunately or unfortunately, it's not an uncommon thing. Jackson gave canes. Then we dig into the silver plate a little bit. A lot of this stuff gets faked over the years. We look at this and it has all the signs and characteristics of a jeweler from the 19th century making this the way it should have been made. It's a commercially made cane-- it's not a hand-made cane-- but it was owned then by Andrew Jackson. So then we have to get to the discussion of value and what is it worth. This cane as a cane today? $300. That's what it's worth as a cane. Well, now, it's owned by Andrew Jackson. Andrew Jackson was an American war hero, he was a famous American president, and the nice thing about it is the doctor was from Kentucky. Andrew Jackson was from Tennessee. Who's going to buy it? Is it the presidential collector? Is it the Tennessee collector? Is it the military collector? Is it the Kentucky history collector? The more of those things you bring to the table, the more dollars you're going to get. So today, this $300 cane, if sold at auction, would probably bring between $3,000 and $5,000.

    GUEST: Wow. Very cool. (laughs) That's lovely.

    WGBH This website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH Boston. ©1997-2015 WGBH Educational Foundation.
    ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a trademark of the BBC and is produced for PBS by WGBH under license from BBC Worldwide.
    WGBH and PBS are not responsible for the content of websites linked to or from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Online.
    PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

    ROADSHOW on Facebook ROADSHOW Tweets ROADSHOW on YouTube