RM1502 Confederate Folk Art Walking Stick. This bark encrusted cane/walking stick is in excellent condition. It is hand-made from wood cut on the 7-pines Civil War Battlefield in Henrico County, Virginia and is signed by its maker, and Battlefield Guide, "Capt." J. E. Lyne. Just below the top of the cane, there is an area measuring 4 ½” long x ¾” wide where the bark has been scraped away and written in period ink, are the words: “CUT IN THE CENTER OF 7 PINES / BATTLE FIELD WHERE 15000 / SOLDIERS WERE KILLED MAY 31ST & JUNE / 1ST 1862 / GUIDE J E LYNE (See photo) Circa late 1800’s. This cane measures 36" long and is approximately 1" diameter at the top.
It is noted that Mr. James Edward Lyne (1848-1930) was the caretaker for the old 7 Pines Battlefield - where he and his wife operated a general store with an apothecary and a Civil War relic shop. He ran the relic stand and provided Battlefield tours, while his wife ran the counter, operated the apothecary, and kept the books. Mr. Lyne carved canes from wood grown on the battlefield and sold them as souvenirs in the relic shop.