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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Extremely Rare Sailors Scrimshaw Walking Cane of Architectural Form Carved in Relief of Sperm Whale Tooth and Pan Bone the Squared Cage Work Sections with Fluted Pillars"
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English or American
Mid 19th Century
Size: 86.5cm long - 34 ins long
NOTES Regarding Shipping: This cane can be legally imported to the USA together with the appropriate CITES export certificate
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In the 19th century a cane was a matter of fashion rather than a utilitarian aid to mobility and walking canes of many types were produced on whale-ships to please, and sometimes sell, to those people at home. However, this superb example intricately carved with fine cage worked fluted pillars, and profusely inlaid with tortoiseshell and silver, is a ‘tour de force’ of the scrimshanders art. The whale ivory handle carved into the shape of a turks head knot is quintessentially nautical, displaying the sailor's knowledge and love of rope-work.