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Conscript’s cane

N° inventaire: X 2017.3 Categories: , Tag:

• Date: late 19th–early 20th

• Manufacturing technique: drawn clear glass, red, white and blue filigree

• Dimensions: l : 11,2 ; L : 105,4 ; ép. : 2,7

• Collection: Coll. Ecomusée de l’Avesnois

• Credit: © Lucie Nicolas / Ecomusée de l’Avesnois


The conscript’s cane symbolized virility and marked a young man’s passage into adulthood. Mostly made from glass in the colours of the French flag, the conscript’s cane was bought for a young man when called up to do his military service which, in the course of the nineteenth century, lasted seven years. The cane would be kept at home until his return and broken into pieces if he did not survive. The pieces would be given to various family members and friends as a souvenir.