Walking stick with a portrait of Friedrich Hecker, Leader of the March Revolution in Baden

Probably Germany, ca. 1848/1849
Walnut, horn
Inv. 1903.60.b.

The knob of this walking stick is a carved portrait of Friedrich Karl Franz Hecker (1811–1881), one of the most popular orators and rabble-rousers of the early phase of the March Revolution in Baden. When the Hecker Uprising of April 1848 ended in disaster, he and his followers fled to Canton Basel-Landschaft (then still in its infancy) and found asylum in Muttenz before emigrating to the USA later that same year.

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