Cloaked Daggers

By Cheryl Beatty, Collections Assistant

“Your grandpa’s cane, it turns into a sword” -Bob Dylan, “On the Road Again”, 1965

The costume collection at ATHM was infused with an assortment of “novelty canes” last year, bolstering our collection of men’s accessories. The 15 canes and walking sticks, along with a solitary umbrella, were donated by Dr. Robert Breault, who has held an interest in these antique items for years.

A handwritten note enclosed in the shipping box explained his collection was built by gifts from patients and friends, as well as some purchased by the donor himself, “not at the usual antique shops, but at gun shows”. What?

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