Early whaler made cane with whalebone knob

An early English cane with the unusual combination of a large whalebone knob with baleen inlay and collar and a bizarre, twisted grown blackthorn branch shaft with countless natural sprigs, two metal eyelets and a 2” long, fringed copper ferrule. The 4” tall knob consists of a six-sided whalebone part with two steps and dark baleen dot inlay over a baleen collar with a twist carving, ending with two whalebone washers alternating with two slim baleen ones.  The cane is from the 2nd half of the 18th century, in fair, original condition with a dark age grown patina.  It was born of its actual shape, definitely not put together of various parts.  Overall
length 37-3/4”.

Detail: Metal eyelets.
Detail: Dark baleen dot inlay over baleen collar.


Detail: 2″ long fringed copper ferrule.


  1. Photos and description courtesy of Youssef Kadri.

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