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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Impressive Whalers Silver Mounted Narwhal Tusk Walking Cane"
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Size: 90cm long – 35½ ins long
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 21, item no. 25, for a 19th century example
C.I.T.E.S Article 10 available
CITES Article 10 certificates are required for antique narwhal canes, these can be applied for on behalf of the client with all paperwork and costs involved covered by Finch and Co
It was the greatest Danish scientist of the 16th century, Ole Worm (1588-1654) who discovered the truth on being given a narwhal skull complete with its tusk in Copenhagen in 1615. His drawing of it was used as an illustration for a thesis in 1638 debating whether the tooth might possess the same magical qualities attributed to the unicorn’s horn. Belief in the existence of the unicorn persisted into the 18th century when there could be found over 100 ‘unicorn’ apothecary shops in Germany. The animal and its mythical horn was found displayed on jars, bags, bottles and even invoice headings until the late 18th century as a reminder of the time when powder made of ‘unicorn’ horn was held in high esteem as a cure for all ills and an important antidote to poison.