Bavarian Royal Cane 

A wooden cane with an ivory, knobbed handle featuring a delicately carved hunting scene with a stag and hounds. Once belonging to King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who commissioned the construction of the famed Neuschwanstein Castle, it was returned to Germany in 2019.

AT A GLANCE...

Object:
A wooden cane with an ivory, knobbed handle featuring a carved hunting scene with a stag and hounds.

Circumstances of Loss:
It was acquired by  an American soldier during the occupation of Germany.

Restitution:
It was donated to the Bavarian State Museum in Munich, Germany, during a ceremony on March 27, 2019. 

  Discovery and Research 

The cane was acquired by an American military personnel during the occupation of Germany immediately after the war. It was accompanied by a signed certificate from Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria. Although the provenance remains uncertain, it was the wish of the family in possession of the cane to see it returned to a German institution for display to the public.
 
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  Restitution Ceremony  

This cane was donated to the Bavarian State Museum in Munich on March 27, 2019. The return was possible thanks to a collaboration between the Foundation and the Bavarian National Museum, in particular Dr. Alfred Grimm and Dr. Frank Kammel. The cane was shown in an exhibition in November 2019 at the Bavarian National Museum entitled “A Man and His Dog” after the book by Thomas Mann.