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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Marine Ivory Panbone & Baleen Sailors Scrimshaw Walking Cane"
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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
The spiral whalebone shaft inlaid with baleen
Mid 19th century
Size: 89cm long – 35 ins long
See Finch & Co catalogue no.12, item no.68 and 93 for other sailor scrimshaw canes
WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR FINE SAILORS WALKING CANES IN WHALEBONE / NARWHAL / WHALE-TOOTH WITH TORTOISESHELL INLAY ETC.
WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SIMILAR ITEMS FOR STOCK
On board ship the Turks-head knot was not just decorative, but had many practical uses, made of rope it was frequently placed on the up-and-down spoke of a ships steering wheel so that at a glance one could see if the helm was amidship. It was used on bell ropes, as handholds on manropes and as footholds on footropes. Tied tightly it was even sometimes used for small buttons.