West Sea Company

20. Canes & Walking Sticks

Prices in U.S. Dollars are in GREEN

 

NOTE: A recent California statute makes it illegal in that state to "possess with the intent to sell" many forms of srimshaw, elephant ivory and other endangered species products, without regard to the age of the object. The exception to this is walrus. Accordingly, the items listed below are not available to California residents. However West Sea Company still maintains its long-time affiliate in the state of Massachusetts where these antique items are currently stored and sold legally. 

 




20.48 SCRIMSHAW CANE.   Really exceptional mid-19th century American whaleman-made scrimshaw cane constructed entirely of whale tooth ivory, whalebone, silver and baleen.  This stout "going ashore" Captain's walking stick has a large knob in the form of a human fist clutching a baton.  The realistic hand is beautifully carved from a large whale's tooth and has a cuff inlaid with two silver cuff links!  The knob is attached to the thick whalebone shaft by means of a silver pin extending through the arm with a baleen separator.  The shaft was obviously hand-carved, as it is slightly oblong in cross section.  It terminates in its original coin silver ferrule which is decorated with the very detailed emblem of the Grand Army of the Republic -- an eagle atop a wheel bearing 13 stars and crossed swords.   This handsome walking stick measures 33 1/2 inches long.  It is in outstanding original condition showing genuine use but no abuse.  There are no chips, losses, breaks or repairs.  As expected, a couple of very minor age cracks exist in the ivory, quite typical of this medium.  Nice, old untouched surfaces.  Circa 1870. Price Request 

Not available or for sale in California.  Shipped from Massachusetts.

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20.86  SCRIMSHAW CANE.   Superlative early 1800’s whaleman-made walking stick.  This impressive example of sailor folk art has a large knob turned from a huge sperm whale’s tooth.  It is attached to a tapering wooden shaft which terminates in a classic ferrule with iron tip.  The  unique, indeed amazing aspect of this handsome cane is its covering of tightly woven horse hair along its entire length!  The upper portion of the shaft, just below the knob is spirally woven is a helical pattern of thicker caramel color whale baleen.  It meets with a one inch brass collar which gives way to the remainder of the shaft in its remarkable tightly woven black horse hair covering.  The stick measures 32 ¾ inches long overall.   The stout whale ivory knob is 3 ¼ inches long and 1 ½ inches thick.  Excellent original condition throughout, showing expected wear with careful use.  989 

Not available or for sale in California.  Shipped from Massachusetts.


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20.84   SCRIMSHAW CANE.  Genuine late 19th century gentleman’s walking stick with an ivory handle carved from a walrus tusk.  This stout cane has a “knobby” hardwood shaft, likely made of hickory.  The “L”-shaped ivory handle is connected to the shaft with a brass collar.  The shaft terminates in its original brass ferrule.  The cane measures 35 ½ inches long and is 5 ½ inches wide at the handle.  Very sturdy, still usable condition, noting a small old chip on the open end of the tusk handle.   SOLD

Not available or for sale in California.  Shipped from Massachusetts.


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20.67  MATADOR’s CANE.  Genuine carved folk art cane for a Mexican bullfighter! This early 1900’s walking stick has a sculpted handle carved from the horn of a bull!  The meticulously incised polychrome wooden shaft is finely decorated with carved and painted vignettes of Mexican iconography.  The first is the emblem of the eagle and snake, then a turtle.  Next are spiral decorations followed by a matador fighting a bull.  Below are more decorative vignettes followed by yet another bull fighting scene ending in more decorative floral embellishments.  The tip of this cane is original, in its mottled painted surface.  32 ½ inches long by 4 ½ inches wide at the horn handle.  This rare cane is in outstanding original condition in all respects.   695


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