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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Northern British Treen Engraved Yew Wood Folk Art Walking Cane Carved by James May, Dated 1841"
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Decorated with the alphabet numerous fantastical animals and birds including a Giant Mouse, Hedgehog, the Sun and Moon, a Windmill and a Kilted Scotsman
Signed by James May
Size: 89cm long - 35 ins long
Ex English Private collection
Folk art was a natural and unconscious form of self expression and traditionally the craft of wood carving was a masculine occupation. The carving and decoration of objects such as this engraved yew wood cane were essentially labours of love and as such were given to sweethearts. In daily use, these objects would provide a constant reminder of the maker.