Figural marine cane

A fine marine cane of an unusual design with a whale tooth figural knob on a whalebone shaft with dark and flush baleen collar and silver ferrule.  The 2-3/4” high knob with the typical rough whaler carving depicts a female face with a snake head on her front coming out of her stylized, combed hair.  The head is enhanced by baleen inlay in the eyes and on the neck.  The upper part of the shaft with three knotted carved collars consists of two 3” tall registers, one round and engraved, the other six-sided with finest brass inlay.  The ivory shaft continues down with an fluted ball pattern over its whole length.  This appealing cane is probably French, second half of the 19th century.  Overall length:  29-3/4”.

Reference:

  1.  Photos and description courtesy of Youssef Kadri.

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