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Object Name Cane
Catalog Number 1939.433
Date 1800-1939
Material(s) Ivory
Dimensions H-34.25 W-1.75 inches
Description This Ivory cane is carved into spiral. It has a round knob attached on top, four holes drilled just under the knob, and it tapers down to point at bottom.
Notes Old card, "...made from ivory gotten in the Arctic regions. It belonged to Admiral Robert Berry of Oldham County, KY. when he was sent on the Genet [Jeanette] Rescue Expedition to the Arctic Regions." REGISTER, APRIL, 1940, P. 130.

Lt. Robert M. Berry was put in commanded the whaling ship Rogers in 1881 to aid in the search and rescue of the ship Jeanette, which had lost contact on an expedition to the Artic. The Rogers was lost to fire, but the crew escaped and survived with assistance from members of a native tribe in the village of Noomamoo. The majority of the crew returned from the mission, including Lt. Berry.

Robert Mallory Berry was born in 1846 and died in 1929. He is buried in Arlington Cemetary.

In 1954, a group of Soviet sailors discovered a note in a bottle left on Sept. 29, 1881, by Master C. F. Putnam and Ensign H. J. Hunt of the Rodgers. Putnam and Rogers were with a section of the Rodgers crew that had been put ashore to look by land for members of the Jeanette crew.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Berry, Admiral Robert
Subjects Canes
Walking sticks
Ivory carving
Expeditions & surveys
Search Terms Jeanette Rescue Expedition
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS