Boston Post Cane
Boston Post Cane History:
On August 2, 1909, Mr. Edwin A. Grozier, Publisher of the Boston Post, a newspaper, forwarded to the Board of Selectmen in 700 towns in New England a gold-headed ebony cane with the request that it be presented with the compliments of the Boston Post to the oldest male citizen of the town, to be used by him as long as he lives (or moves from the town), and at his death handed down to the next oldest citizen of the town. The cane would belong to the town and not the man who received it.
The canes were all made by J.F. Fradley and Co., a New York manufacturer, from ebony shipped in seven-foot lengths from the Congo in Africa. They were cut to cane lengths, seasoned for six months, turned on lathes to the right thickness, coated and polished. They had a 14-carat gold head two inches long, decorated by hand, and a ferruled tip. The head was engraved with the inscription, — Presented by the Boston Post to the oldest citizen of (name of town) — “To Be Transmitted”. The Board of Selectmen were to be the trustees of the cane and keep it always in the hands of the oldest citizen.
If you are interested in ordering a Boston Post Cane Replica, please download the invoice form, print and mail payment (check only) to Town of Peterborough, Gretchen Rae, Administration 1 Grove St. Peterborough, NH 03458 with your return mailing address included somewhere on the order. Once payment is received, the cane will be mailed immediately.
Boston Post Cane Invoice for payment
Each cane is $150 with free priority mail shipping. The Town of Peterborough does not engrave your Town's name on the top but a jeweler or trophy shop most likely can for an additional charge (the brass top cannot be unscrewed from the wood , it is securely glued). You may order more than one cane at any time but please note, the price will remain $150 per cane.
The cane measures approximately 35" in length and 1" in diameter. The picture above shows the cane mounted on a plaque with names of recipients listed to the side.