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Auction Description for Tradewinds Antiques: Spring Fine Antique Cane Auction

Spring Fine Antique Cane Auction

(195 Lots)

by Tradewinds Antiques


195 lots with images

April 26, 2014

Live Auction

8A Centennial Drive

Peabody, MA, 01960 USA

Phone: 978-526-4085

Email: auctions@tradewindsantiques.com

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A very fine silverand niello crook cane

Lot 1: A very fine silverand niello crook cane

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Description: A very fine silverand niello crook cane. The silver crook handle measures about 6 1/4" along the arc and is 1 1/4" at its thickest. It is nicely decorated in niello flowers, scrolls, diamonds and dots. The base is marked: "800" for the silver content and there are worn Continental hallmarks. The shaft is malacca that ends with a 1 1/2" horn ferrule. The overall length is 35 1/3" and the condition is very good with some of the finish worn on the bottom third of the shaft and some slight splitting on the underside of the handle. It is ca 1900 and it is a pretty example of the kind. Estimate: $500-$700.

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An important California gold quartz presentation cane

Lot 2: An important California gold quartz presentation cane

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Description: A very important California gold quartz presentation cane with engraved scenes. The large solid gold knob handle is 2 1/4" high and 1 3/4" at its widest. Inlaid on the top is a 1 1/8" polished and faceted gold quartz stone with lots of polished gold flecks in the matrix. This treasured cane was presented a total of three times. The original ca 1860 presentation is inscribed on the side panels: "S. C. Fogus to A. C. Wilgus / California." (Shelton C. Fogus was one of the original pioneers who crossed the Plains by covered wagon and arrived in California in 1849. He set up a general store in Sacramento, where he was a merchant until he joined the gold rush to Virginia City, Nevada, where he took up prospecting, located a mine, and built a quartz mill in Bodie. It was said that the gold and silver amalgam in the ore was so rich and thick that it clogged the pans. He later moved to Carson City, where he built one of the first flour mills in the area using water power from the Truckee River. The cane seems to have remained in the Wilgus family because the second presentation inscription in early 1889 reads: "Mrs. Lucy Wilgus to John Tudor." The third inscription at the very base reads "John Tudor Mills to Thomas Evans Oct. 1899." [John Tudor Mills was evidently the name of Tudor's business.] However, any information about Thomas Evans remains for research by future owners. Extensive Fogus research is included with the lot.) The high quality pictured engraving on some of the side panels is outstanding. There is miner with a shovel, a rider on horseback, an Indian holding a bow, and a cowboy twirling a lasso. The shaft is finely figured snakewood, the acknowledged aristocrat of all cane woods, which befits this fine item. A gently worn 1 1/3" white metal and iron ferrule completes the piece. The overall length is 34 1/8" and the condition is excellent. It is perhaps the finest quality gold quartz example that Tradewinds has been privileged to ever present. Estimate: $12,000-$18,000

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A Japanese carved ivory cane of Fukurokuju

Lot 3: A Japanese carved ivory cane of Fukurokuju

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Description: A Japanese carved ivory cane of Fukurokuju, the God of Longevity. The elephant ivory handle is 3 3/4" high and 1 1/4" at its widest. It depicts a nicely detailed smiling Fukurokuju with the long head for which he is noted. As well as longevity, he is associated with wealth and prosperity. (See Legend in Japanese Art by Joly.) There is a 1" gold collar that is inscribed "R. A. Dodson" for the owner, and marked in a triangle: "W.D.C.", for the American maker. The shaft is malacca with a 1 3/4" horn ferrule. The overall length is 34 1/3" and the condition is very good. It was fashioned in America with an imported handle, ca 1890. It is a very nice example of the fascinating world of Japanese myth and legend. Estimate: $1500-$2500

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A superb silver and snakewood whistle cane

Lot 4: A superb silver and snakewood whistle cane

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Description: A superb silver and snakewood whistle cane. The sterling and snakewood "T" handle is 1 1/3" high and 4 1/2" long. It has a whistle mouthpiece at one end of the silver, with the remainder of the handle being made of snakewood. The silver is London hallmarked for 1913 and: "Brigg, London", for the famous purveyor. The whistle, used mainly for hailing a cab or for sounding an alarm, is in perfect working order. The very finely figured snakewood shaft, the aristocrat of all cane woods, ends with a gently aged 1" horn ferrule. The overall length is 34 1/4" and the condition is excellent and appears to have been little used. It is perhaps the finest antique English whistle cane that we have yet encountered. Estimate: $1200-$1800

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A fine nautical cane with an ivory dog on whalebone

Lot 5: A fine nautical cane with an ivory dog on whalebone

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Description: A very fine nautical cane with an ivory dog on whalebone. The slightly curved "L" handle, made of two pieces of walrus ivory, is 2 1/2" high and 3 1/3" to the side. It depicts a nicely detailed hound dog with brown glass eyes, floppy ears, and a faux leather buckle and collar. There is a 3/4" gold collar that is inscribed: "J.H. Simonson, 1850". The whalebone shaft is octo-carved for eleven inches and there are unique, one-of-a-kind eyelets rimmed with a circle of baleen around ivory stars. The shaft is then a smooth taper to the tip. (There is an old pin present at the base that may mean there was once a metal ferrule.) The overall length is 33" and the condition is very good. It is probably American and it is wonderful example of the kind. Estimate: $3000-$4000

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A very nice French silver tau cane

Lot 6: A very nice French silver tau cane

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Description: A very nice French silver tau cane. The silver tau handle is 2 1/4" high and 4 1/2" long. It has a shell chased at the end and it is elaborately decorated in scrolls, blossoms, and geometric patterns with a lovely result. The base is marked "800" for the silver content and there are tiny French hallmarks. The shaft is dark-stained hardwood with faux steps to mimic bamboo. The steps are set off with pyrography to help delineate them. The piece terminates with a 1 1/2" bimetal ferrule. The overall length is 36" and the condition is excellent. It is ca 1890, and it is a fine example of the type. Estimate: $650-$850

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A great jade cane of a songbird

Lot 7: A great jade cane of a songbird

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Description: A great jade cane of a songbird. The light green jade handle is 2 3/4" high and 4 1/4" long. It is fashioned as a stylized, perched songbird with detailed feathering and a round loop at its breast for a hanging cord. It is pierced with a hole at its base to accommodate a green silk wrist cord with a large tassel. (The wrist cord appears to be a newer replacement.) There is a 1 1/2" silver collar decorated with a burst of "C" scrolls on a textured background. Additionally, there is a fancy shield cartouche that is inscribed: "S. Parkinson", and: "Colne", for the English City. The shaft is malacca that ends with a 2 1/8" burnished brass ferrule with a pointed iron end for avoiding slippage on icy terrain. The overall length is 36 1/2" and the condition is very good. It is ca 1900, and it is from the Vertical Art Collection™. Per the consignor, the proceeds are to benefit the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Estimate: $2000-$3000

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A beautiful Meissen porcelain floral cane

Lot 8: A beautiful Meissen porcelain floral cane

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Description: A beautiful Meissen porcelain floral cane. The tau handle is 1 1/3" high, 4" long, and 7/8" at its thickest. It is wonderfully hand-painted with flowers in shades of pink, purple, reds, orange, and yellow, with pale green foliage. Additionally it is adorned with gold highlights with the end-cap finished as a pink shell. It makes a fine presentation, typical of quality Meissen products. (Examples of this tau form are shown on several pages of Dike's chapter on Meissen in La Canne Objet D'Art.) There is a 1/4" ringed collar on a tan fruitwood shaft that ends with a 1 1/2" bi-metal ferrule. The overall length is 34 3/4" and the condition is very good. It is ca 1850 and it is a lovely example on the kind. Estimate: $1000-$1500

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A great Essex Crystal cane of a Boston terrier

Lot 9: A great Essex Crystal cane of a Boston terrier

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Description: A wonderful Essex Crystal cane of a Boston terrier. The silver knob handle is 2 1/4" high and 1 1/3" across the rounded top. Inlaid on the top is an Essex Crystal that features a painted Boston terrier, with upright ears and black and white markings. (Reverse painted intaglio crystals are often called Essex Crystals because some were made in that area of England. They are found today mostly in antique jewelry and in some canes. Examples of these pieces are eagerly sought after by avid collectors). The sides of the handle are elaborately decorated mostly in scrolling and there are London hallmarks at the base for 1923. The shaft is ebony that ends with a 3/4" brass ferrule. The overall length is 36 1/2" and the condition is very good. It is a great example with a very nice depiction of the terrier. Estimate: $1500-$2500

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An ivory relic cane from Trinity Church

Lot 10: An ivory relic cane from Trinity Church

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Description: A wonderful ivory relic cane from the Episcopal Trinity Church, New York. The ivory knob handle is 1 3/4" high and 1 1/2" across the top that is inscribed and inked: "T.Robinson, 1840", for the original owner. There is a 1/2" beaded silver collar that is inscribed as follows: "Made of wood taken from Trinity Church, N.Y., Consecrated March 25, 1790. Taken down 1839". (Per Wikipedia, this piece is from the Second Trinity Church to be located at the intersection of Broadway and Wall St. The very historic First that was built in the late 1600's burned down in New York's terrible fire of 1766. " The Second Trinity Church: Construction on the second Trinity Church building began in 1788; it was consecrated in 1790. The structure was torn down after being weakened by severe snows during the winter of 1838-39." It was built again as the Third Trinity Church, on the same site. Please see Wikipedia for a more full history of Trinity Church, Manhatten.) The thick oak shaft, which is the relic, is stained a mellow light brown and terminates with a long, 3 7/8" lined brass and iron ferrule that has lots of dings and digs accumulated over the years. The overall length is 34 3/4" and the condition is very good. This marvelous piece is an historic part of America's early years as a nation. Estimate: $1500-$2500

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A beautiful damascene crook cane by Toledo

Lot 11: A beautiful damascene crook cane by Toledo

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Description: A beautiful damascene crook cane by Toledo. The steel crook handle measures about 7" along the arc and is 7/8" at its widest. It is fashioned with fancy curved fluting at the end of the crook, and it is decorated in gold with dragons, flowers, vines and fancy geometric designs on a black background. It is done in the damascene style of Toledo, in Spain. The shaft is black lacquered hardwood that ends with a 3/4" brass ferrule. The overall length is 36" and the condition is very good. It was probably fashioned in France with an imported handle, ca 1895. It is a wonderful decorative example. Estimate: $1500-$2500

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A very unusual reticulated ivory horse cane

Lot 12: A very unusual reticulated ivory horse cane

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Description: A wonderful and very unusual reticulated ivory horse cane. The thin ivory handle is 5 1/4" high, 1 1/8"at its widest, and 1/2" thick. In an angled, oval 1 1/3" cartouche at the top, a rearing horse is delicately fashioned in thin reticulation. Just below, in a circular cartouche, a carved snowflake is featured in similar reticulation. There is a thin 1/4" silver collar on a smooth partridgewood shaft that ends with a 1 1/3" bimetal ferrule. The overall length is 35 1/3" and the condition is very good. It is perhaps Continental, ca 1890, and it is a unique and intricately carved figural example. Estimate: $800-$1200

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A superb gold cane with a coral lion's face

Lot 13: A superb gold cane with a coral lion's face

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Description: A superb gold cane with a coral lion's face. The solid gold "L" handle is 2" high and 2 2/3" to the side. It is elaborately decorated with classical scrolling, blossoms, chains, and beading. A nicely detailed male lion's face is carved in pink coral at the end of the "L", in an unusual touch. On the stem there is a smooth shield cartouche that is inscribed: "Jacob Barker to James Barker 1864", evidently a family presentation. The shaft is macassar ebony with a 3/4" worn brass ferrule. The overall length is 34 7/8" and the condition is very good. It is perhaps English and it is a marvelous example of the type. Estimate: $1200-$1800

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A cane from the Walpole Island Indian Reservation

Lot 14: A cane from the Walpole Island Indian Reservation

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Description: A fine Indian-made wood cane from the Walpole Island Indian Reservation. Made from a single piece of native hardwood, it has a crook handle in thin configuration that measures about 7 1/2" along the arc. At the elbow, in very worn incising that is visible under a magnifying glass, is an Indian Chief with a large feathered headdress. Additionally, it is inscribed: "Walpole Island Ind., 1907". (Per Wikipedia: Walpole Island is unceded territory between Ottawa and Michigan and is inhabited by the Ojibw, Potawatomi, and Odawa peoples of the Walpole Island First Nation, who call it Bkejwanong, meaning "where the waters divide.". See Wikipedia for a full history of this famous Reservation.) The cane is very unusually configured. Two long thin strips of the same hardwood have been cut and still attached below the handle. They were then steamed and twisted along the shaft to be secured at the end by wire clips. (The end of one strip has come loose but can be very easily re-secured.) The piece was not originally fashioned with a ferrule. The overall length is 34 2/3" and the general condition is very good. It was probably made to sell to tourists and it is a great example of Indian Folk Art skill. Estimate: $700-$900

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A whale ivory knob on carved whalebone cane

Lot 15: A whale ivory knob on carved whalebone cane

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Description: A whale ivory knob on carved whalebone nautical cane. The whale ivory flat mushroom knob handle is 7/8" high and 1 1/3" across the top. The thick whalebone shaft is fully carved in sections. It starts with an octagonal piece that features concave fluting, then a squared area that features thinner fluting. It is then twist-carved for ten and one-half inches, and finally, the carving ends with a short area of octagonal panels. The shaft terminates with a short taper to a tip that is worn from usage. The overall length is 32 1/4" and the condition of this sailor-made example is very good. It is probably English, ca 1860, and it is from the fine Vertical Art Collection™. Per the consignor, the proceeds are to benefit the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Estimate: $2000-$3000

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A beautiful lapis and crystal decorative cane

Lot 16: A beautiful lapis and crystal decorative cane

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Description: A beautiful lapis and crystal decorative cane. The lapis lazuli handle is 2 1/4" high and 1 1/3" at its widest. It is inlaid on top with a 1/4" cabochon hardstone, probably jade, set in a gold bezel. Additionally, the handle is encircled by a faceted rock crystal ring as a splendid highlight. A 2/3" triple-ringed and beaded bright brass collar sits atop an ebonized shaft that ends with a 7/8" horn ferrule. The overall length is 36" and the condition is very good. It is perhaps English, ca 1900, and it is a lovely decorative example from the Dr. Michael Roth Collection. Estimate: $1200-$1800

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A Japanese ivory cane of rats and grapes

Lot 17: A Japanese ivory cane of rats and grapes

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Description: A great Japanese ivory cane of rats and grapes. The ivory handle is 3 1 1/4" high and 1 1/2" at its widest. It depicts two rats with black jet eyes, on a grapevine devouring a bunch of the fruit. It is very nicely fashioned in typical Japanese style with some of the carving through and through. There is a 1 3/8" silver collar London hallmarked for 1867. The shaft is snakewood with a 1" replaced brass ferrule. The overall length is 36 1/4" and the condition is very good. It was made in England with an imported handle and it is a super example of the kind. Estimate: $1200-$1800

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A French silver cane of an American Indian chief

Lot 18: A French silver cane of an American Indian chief

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Description: A very nice French silver cane of an American Indian chief. The silver crook handle measures about 7" along the arc, and is 1" at its widest. At the elbow, it depicts in fine detail, an American Indian chief with his long feathered headdress flowing behind him. There is a tiny French hallmark at the base. (There was a strong American Indian influence in England and on the Continent in the late 19th Century because of the Wild West touring shows that were presented by people like Buffalo Bill and P.T. Barnum. Indian motifs were featured in much of the local artistry of the period.) The shaft black-painted hardwood that ends with a 1 1/8" horn ferrule. The overall length is 36" and the condition is very good. It is ca 1895, and it is a splendid example done in the Art Nouveau styling of the time. Estimate: $1200-$1800

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A nice English silver vinaigrette cane from Asprey

Lot 19: A nice English silver vinaigrette cane from Asprey

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Description: A very nice English silver vinaigrette cane from Asprey. The silver handle is 2 1/2" high and 1 1/3" in diameter. It has two friction fittings: the top dome lid, engraved with a crown and fist, removes to reveal another dome with holes so that the user might sniff a concoction that was stored below on a bit of wool soaked with healing herbs and vinegar. It would clear one's head if feeling faint. The underside of the top dome is stamped: "Asprey, London" for the posh London purveyor. The storage compartment is accessed for replenishing the concoction, by the second friction fitting. There is a large "F inscribed in script on the side, for the original owner, and there are London hallmarks for the early 20th Century. The shaft is malacca that ends with a 1" aged brass ferrule. The overall length is 36 3/4" and the condition is very good. (Examples of vinaigrette canes are shown on pages 183 and 232 of Dike's Cane Curiosa.) It is from the fine Kreh Collection. Estimate: $3000-$4000

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A wonderful Tiffany ivory and silver cane

Lot 20: A wonderful Tiffany ivory and silver cane

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Description: A wonderful Tiffany ivory and silver cane.  The lovely handle is 2 1/3" high and 1 3/4" at its widest.  It is fashioned with an angled carved ivory top that measures 3/4" by 1 3/4", and sits atop a silver base.  The ivory is fashioned with a scroll at one end and curved short lines around its perimeter.  The silver has angled fluting with random blossoms above sawteeth and then a smooth blown-out base.  It is marked: "Tiffany & Co., Makers, Sterling" around the bottom ring.  The handle can be unscrewed from a threaded brass seat, a feature seen on many Tiffany.  The shaft is fruitwood made with faux thorns and it finishes with a 1 1/3" aged horn ferrule that shows old evidence of insect larvae activity that has been in-filled.  The overall length is 34 7/8" and the condition is very good.  It is ca 1890 and it is a marvelous example of style and elegance from America's finest maker of precious metal canes.  Estimate: $2000-$3000

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A lovely, squared amethyst quartz cane

Lot 21: A lovely, squared amethyst quartz cane

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Description: A lovely, squared amethyst quartz cane. The cylindrical, polished amethyst handle is 2 1/3" high and 7/8" across the top. It is squared in configuration for the top third and then round at base. It has the beautiful purple and off-white coloration long associated with this stone. There is a 2/3" silver collar on an ebony shaft with a 7/8" horn ferrule. The overall length is 36 1/3" and the condition is excellent. It is probably English, ca 1910, and it is a marvelous decorative example. Estimate: $1000-$1500

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A large silver sword cane curio

Lot 22: A large silver sword cane curio

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Description: A large silver sword cane curio. The silver knob is 3 1/4" high and 1 1/2" across the top. It is decorated in panels of flowers and there are worn Continental hallmarks that may be Polish. Below the handle, there is a 1 1/4" silver band that unscrews at its midpoint to withdraw a 21" steel blade that tapers to a sharp point. The cane shaft is hardwood with a 7/8" copper ferrule. The overall length is 36 1/2" and the condition is very good. It was made sometime in the early 20th Century and it is a nice example. Estimate: $600-$800

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A great silver cane rendition of Tipu's Tiger

Lot 23: A great silver cane rendition of Tipu's Tiger

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Description: A great silver cane rendition of Tipu's Tiger. The silver handle is 2" high and 1 3/4" at its widest. It depicts the head of Tipu's Tiger that was an elaborate metal automaton full-bodied tiger that is shown attacking a prostrate European and was created for Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore in India, at the turn of the 19th Century. (The large automaton supposedly expressed the Sultan's hatred of the British of the East India Company. It emited wailing sounds from the mouth of the European, and grunts from the tiger, as well as other mechanics, and was discovered by Governor General Lord Mornington's troops when they stormed the Sultan's palace in 1808. It was transferred to the Victoria and Albert Museum where it remains on display to today. See Wikipedia for further information.) The handle is elaborately decorated with simulated precious jewels and enameling. It is mounted on a thick exotic tropical wood shaft that ends with a 1" replaced brass ferrule. The overall length is 34" and the condition is very good. It is probably English, ca 1900, and is a very interesting example that got its inspiration from historical facts. Estimate: $1500-$2500

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A very nice Japanese damascene cane

Lot 24: A very nice Japanese damascene cane

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Description: A very nice Japanese damascene cane. The steel knob is 2 1/8" high and 1 1/4" across the top. It is fashioned in a grapevine motif with the top and sides featuring grapevines, leaves, and fruit done in gold overlay on a black background. A ring of gold gadrooning at the base completes the decoration. The shaft is ebonized bamboo that ends with a 7/8" gilded metal ferrule. The overall length is 36" and the condition is very good. It shows gentle wear from usage. It was perhaps fashioned in England with an imported handle, ca 1890. It is a very good example of Japanese artistry on goods made for export to the West. Estimate: $700-$900

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A marvelous ivory cane of a semi-nude goddess

Lot 25: A marvelous ivory cane of a semi-nude goddess

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Description: A marvelous ivory cane of a semi-nude goddess. The ivory handle is 5 1/8" high and 1 3/4" at its widest. The top half depicts a lovely goddess with her hair tied in back with a bow, and its long curly ends trailing down her back. In a provocative pose, her crossed arms allow her delicate robe to open showing a bare breast. The bottom half of the handle is carved in intricate leaves and roses, finishing with a thin ringed base. The shaft is tan malacca that terminates with a 1 2/3" burnished brass ferrule. The overall length is 36" and the condition is excellent. It is perhaps English, ca 1890, and it is a beautiful example from the Vertical Art Collection™. Per the consignor, the proceeds are to benefit the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Estimate: $6000-$8000

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An Austrian silver and enamel cane with rose quartz

Lot 26: An Austrian silver and enamel cane with rose quartz

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Description: A marvelous Austrian silver and enamel cane with rose quartz inlay. The cylindrical silver handle is 3 1/8" high and 7/8" across the top. There is a 2/3" rose quartz rounded disc inlaid in a bezel on the top above a 1/2" ring of pale green enamel that is overlaid with festoons of silver ribbon. Two inches of engine turned guilloche follows, above a ring of tiny seed pearls that are framed by two rings of silver laurel leaves. It is marked "900" for the silver content and "G.A.S." for George Anton Scheid, (1862-1922), the noted Austrian maker. The entire handle makes a very pleasing presentation. It is mounted on an exotic snakewood shaft befitting its quality and a 1 1/3" horn ferrule finishes the piece. The overall length is 36" and with condition is very good with one almost unnoticeable seed pearl missing. It is a fabulous example of the kind. Estimate: $1200-$1800

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A great whale ivory on carved whalebone nautical cane

Lot 27: A great whale ivory on carved whalebone nautical cane

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Description: A great whale ivory on carved whalebone nautical cane. Fashioned from a single tooth, the octo-configured whale ivory knob handle is 3" high and 1 1/4" at its widest. It finishes with four rings and then there is a thin baleen separator. The whalebone shaft is fully carved in sections beginning with a thick 3/4" octagonal section, then delicate saw-teeth, then concave columns, and then twist carving that ends with a smooth taper. (It was not made with a separate ferrule). Each carved section is separated by rings or knots. The shaft is long and straight indicating it came from the most desirable center of the panbone. The overall length is 36" and the condition is very good with a fine, creamy age patina. It is perhaps American, ca 1860, and this superb example of sailor artistry is from the Vertical Art Collection™. Per the consignor, the proceeds are to benefit the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Estimate: $3500-$5500

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A sword cane curio with a carved wood lion

Lot 28: A sword cane curio with a carved wood lion

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Description: A very good sword cane curio with a carved wood lion. The dark fruitwood "L" handle is 5 1/3" high and 3 1/3" to the side. On the stem portion, the head of a male lion with its paws resting on a decorated shield is nicely carved in high relief. Below that is a decorated 3/4" wood band with a hidden button at the center of carved crown. When the button is depressed, a 28 1/4" long diamond-shaped steel blade can be withdrawn from a tongue and groove brass seat in a stepped malacca shaft. The blade is decorated with bluing and scrolls for thirteen inches and is in very good condition. A 2/3" brass ferrule completes the piece. The overall length is 34 7/8" and the condition is very good. It is perhaps Continental, ca 1875, and it is a fine example of the type. Estimate: $800-$1200

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A wood cane made as a faux sword with bird

Lot 29: A wood cane made as a faux sword with bird

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Description: A very nice wood cane made as a faux sword with bird. Made of a single piece of painted hardwood, it has a full-bodied songbird as a handle that is 6" high and 1 1/2" at its widest. The finely fashioned bird is gilded, has a painted head and breast, and is standing on a gilded and painted plinth. The black hardwood shaft has a carved and gilded "hilt" where a "sword" could have been withdrawn. It mimics the curved Japanese samurai sword sheath configuration. The overall length is 38" and the condition is excellent. It was perhaps made in England sometime in the 20th Century and it is quite an unusual and unique example. Estimate: $2000-$3000

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A Moses Babcock underhammer percussion gun cane curio

Lot 30: A Moses Babcock underhammer percussion gun cane curio

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Description: A fine Moses Babcock underhammer percussion gun cane curio. Made entirely of metal, it has an "L" handle that measures 4 1/2" long. It has a silver end-cap that measures 1 1/2" and there are remnants of old paint remaining on the handle. It has an underhammer bar that is marked: "M. Babcock, Charlestown, Mass.". The gun operated by having the hammer strike a nib with a percussion cap that ignited a charge that in turn drove a muzzle-loaded ball. A small sight at the barrel end assisted in aiming. The overall length is 34" and the general condition is very good with working mechanics. It is American, ca 1825, and may have been the one of the first gun cane models that was made in America. Pictures of Babcock percussion gun cane examples are shown on page 317 of Dike's Cane Curiosa as well as page 355 of Dike's Canes in the United States. (Tradewinds originally sold this item in an April 29, 2000 auction.) Estimate: $2000-$3000

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A fine porcelain cane of a Brazilian diplomat

Lot 31: A fine porcelain cane of a Brazilian diplomat

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Description: A fine porcelain cane of a Brazilian diplomat. The porcelain floral decorated ball handle is 1 2/3" in diameter. It is fashioned in angled lines of fluting and is capped with a 7/8" circular gold disc with scalloped edges and an incised Brazilian Coat of Arms that was adapted in the late 19th Century. (See Google for examples). The ball handle sits on a decorated gold cup-collar that is incised with a crown and " 2 Abril 1803" the significance of which is not known at this time. The shaft is finely figured snakewood with a 1 1/4 burnished brass and rusted iron ferrule. The overall length is 36 1/8" and the condition is very good. It supposedly belonged to a Brazilian diplomat who at this point remains unknown. Found in England, it is ca 1890, and its history will require more research. Regardless, it is a lovely example of the kind, made of very high quality materials and undoubtedly owned by a person of importance. Estimate: $2000-$3000

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A very nice staghorn dog whistle and leash gadget cane

Lot 32: A very nice staghorn dog whistle and leash gadget cane

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Description: A very nice staghorn dog whistle and leash gadget cane. The staghorn "L" handle is 1 2/3" high and 3 1/8" to the side. It is fashioned as a working whistle for calling one's pet dog. There is a 1/2" silvered collar on a dark metal shaft fashioned in steps. When a friction slider at one of the lower steps is opened, a brass chain leash that is attached to the cane by a brass post, can be accessed. It has a spring clip to attach it to the dog's collar. The cane finishes with a 3/4" burnished metal ferrule. The overall length is 36 1/4" and the condition is very good. It is probably French, ca 1900, and it is a fine, usable example of the kind. Estimate: $1200-$1800

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A very nice college cane with a figural bronze handle

Lot 33: A very nice college cane with a figural bronze handle

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Description: A very nice college cane with a figural bronze handle. The bronze crook handle measures about 5 1/4" along the arc and is 1 1/2" at its widest. It is wonderfully molded in the form of a hunting dog holding a retrieved grouse in its mouth. The shaft is perhaps chestnut with a 1/2" silver band below the collar. The band is fashioned with a large reticulated "V" that could be Vanderbilt, and "28" for 1928. It is also initialed "J. O. P." and marked "Sterling". The piece terminates with a 1 1/8" horn ferrule. The overall length is 34 3/4" and the condition is very good with a fine age patina present on the bronze. It is a great college cane example that could probably be researched as to the college, and the cane's original owner. Estimate: $800-$1200

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A silver and oak relic cane from the U.S.B. Niagara

Lot 34: A silver and oak relic cane from the U.S.B. Niagara

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Description: A great silver and oak relic cane from the U.S.B. Niagara. The silver handle is 2" high and 1 1/3" at its widest. It is marked "Sterling" and inscribed: "From U. S. Frigate Niagra, sunk in Misery Bay Lake Erie, after Perry's victory, 1812" (Aside: The ship was a brig not a frigate and the battle took place in 1813 not 1812, so there is historical inaccuracy in this inscription. Per information from several sources in Google, the Battle of Lake Erie was fought on September 10, 1813. During the conflict's initial stages the Niagara was not engaged. However, after two hours of desperate fighting, the U.S. Brig Lawrence, Perry's first flagship and the Niagara's sister-ship, had been battered into a defenseless hulk. Perry then transferred his battle flag to the Niagara and assumed command. Sailing the Niagara between the British battle line, Perry utilized his new flagship's firepower to the fullest, ravaging the enemy fleet and compelling the entire British force to surrender. For her efforts the Niagara lost 2 men killed and 25 wounded. Perry's aggressive action and the Niagara's heavy guns together tolled the death knell over British dominance of Lake Erie. Two years later, the Niagara was intentionally sunk in Misery Bay, Lake Erie, for preservation. For the Bi-Centennial celebration of the Battle in 1913, she was raised and restored and this cane was undoubtedly made as a relic of the Battle at that time.) The relic shaft is dark oak from the vessel and it terminates with a 1 1/8" silvered ferrule. The overall length 41 3/4" and the condition is very good. Although inaccurately inscribed, it remains a fine, historical relic cane. Estimate: $1000-$1500

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A very nice ivory skull cane on malacca

Lot 35: A very nice ivory skull cane on malacca

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Description: A very nice ivory skull cane on malacca. The large ivory handle is 3 1/3" high and 2 2/3" at its widest. It depicts in fine detail, a human skull with head plates delineated, large hollow eye sockets, zygomatic bones carved through and through, and appropriately missing teeth. There is a 7/8" smooth silver collar with very worn and unreadable English hallmarks. The shaft is light tan malacca that ends with a 1 3/4" horn ferrule. The overall length is 40 1/2" and the condition is very good. It is ca 1890, and it is a splendid example of the type. Estimate: $3000-$4000

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A briarwood and silver cane dated 1900

Lot 36: A briarwood and silver cane dated 1900

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Description: A very nice briarwood and silver cane dated 1900. The crook briarwood, (sometimes called congowood), handle measures about 7 1/2" along the arc. It has a 2 1/2" silver shoe end-cap that is engraved with a large "1900". Additionally, the silver is marked: "Sterling". The piece ends with an aged 1 1/2" bimetal ferrule. The overall length is 34 3/4" and the condition is very good. It is a nice, usable American example. Estimate: $350-$550

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A Japanese ivory branch cane with shibayama bugs

Lot 37: A Japanese ivory branch cane with shibayama bugs

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Description: A very nice Japanese ivory branch cane with shibayama bugs. The ivory "L" handle is 3 7/8" high and 2" to the side. It depicts a tree branch with a carved ribbon on the stem. On the top, set in oval cartouches, are three bugs fashioned in the shibayama manner with inlay and incised legs, as well as a small carved ivory worm. The bug inlays are horn and mother-of-pearl. There is a 1 1/4" smooth silver collar with worn London hallmarks for the turn of the 20th Century. The shaft is stepped partridgewood that ends with a 1" worn brass and iron ferrule. The overall length is 36 1/2" and the condition is very good with an age line at the base of the ivory. It is a very good shibayama example. Estimate: $1000-$1500

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A very good carved wood cane of a fox

Lot 38: A very good carved wood cane of a fox

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Description: A very good carved wood cane of a fox. Made of a single piece of natural hazel wood, it has an "L" handle that is 1 1/2" high and 4 2/3" to the side. The head and paws of a fox with bead eyes and pointed nose is depicted at the shaft end of the handle. A 7/8" burnished brass ferrule completes the piece. The overall length is 36 3/4" and the condition is very good with minimal loss of bark. It is perhaps English, ca 1890, and this fine example is from a Texas collection. Estimate: $600-$800

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A very nice thin malacca sword cane curio

Lot 39: A very nice thin malacca sword cane curio

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Description: A very nice thin malacca sword cane curio. The crook malacca handle measures about 4 1/2" along the arc and is 1/3" thick. The end of the crook is overlaid with thin horn that is inlaid with a silver "C" as well as a tiny silver sunburst under a tulip blossom that may be maker's marks. A thin 14 3/4" sword can be withdrawn from a juncture below the handle. The sword has diamond configuration and there is worn bluing and gilding. The malacca shaft ends with a 2/3" metal ferrule. The overall length is 34 1/2" and the condition is very good. It is perhaps Continental, ca 1885, and it is of the size that some refer to as a lady's cane. It is a fine example of the kind. Estimate: $500-$700

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A large whale ivory and rosewood

Lot 40: A large whale ivory and rosewood "going ashore" cane

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Description: A great, large whale ivory and rosewood nautical "going ashore" cane. Made of a single bull whale's tooth, the huge turned ivory handle is 2 1/2" high and 2" in diameter. It is inlaid on top with a 3/4" abalone disc that shows the shell's brilliant colors. There are two ivory separators along with two of rosewood, above two diamond-shaped abalone eyelets. The rosewood shaft is octagonally configured for 8 1/4" matching the handle and separators, and the configuration ends with scalloped edging. The remainder of the shaft is a smooth taper that terminates with a long, 3 2/3" lined brass ferrule. The overall length is 33 1/4" and the condition is excellent, with the ivory having a fine yellow age patina. It was probably made on America's West Coast, ca 1840. It is a superb example and certainly of the size and shape to have been a "going ashore" defensive cane. Estimate: $3000-$4000

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An early 18th Century French Saint-Cloud porcelain cane

Lot 41: An early 18th Century French Saint-Cloud porcelain cane

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Description: A lovely early 18th Century French Saint-Cloud porcelain cane. The handle is 1 3/4" high and 1" in diameter. It has a round blossom on top and the sides are decorated in foliate and floral cobalt blue designs on a white background "a la Berain", according to Catherine Dike's descriptions on pages 234 and 235 of La Canne Objet D'Art. Additionally, there are colored pictures of similar pieces on page 238. It is mounted on a snakewood shaft with a 1 1/3" worn horn ferrule. The overall length is 32 1/4" and the general condition is very good. The handle is ca 1750, and it is a lovely example of the kind. (The Saint-Cloud Factory worked between 1677 and 1766. These pieces are very scarce and most desirable.) Estimate: $2000-$3000

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A great ivory greyhound cane

Lot 42: A great ivory greyhound cane

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Description: A great ivory greyhound cane. The "L" ivory handle is 1 3/4" high and 4" to the side. It depicts in very nice detail, a greyhound with yellow glass eyes, long ears, facial folds, and whisker holes. There is a 3/8" silver collar marked "Sterling" along with three other bands below as highlights. Each 3/8" band is also marked: "Sterling". The shaft is fine rosewood with an aged, 1 1/3" white metal and rusted iron ferrule. The overall length is 34 1/3" and the condition is excellent. It is American, ca 1880, and it is a very fine antique figural example. Estimate: $1800-$2800

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A great English wood Folk Art cane signed and dated 1813

Lot 43: A great English wood Folk Art cane signed and dated 1813

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Description: A great English wood Folk Art cane signed and dated 1813. Fashioned from a single piece of thick hardwood, perhaps chestnut, it has a handle that is 2" high and 2" at its thickest. It depicts a nicely fashioned head of a man wearing a closely fitting cap. He features a wry smile. Carved on the shaft is a thick, encircling, scaly snake tapering down for the shaft's entire length. Inscribed in script beside the snake is: "Samuel Sampson. Martlesham, Suffolk, February 1, 1813". (Per Wikipedia, Martlesham is a village in Suffolk, England about two miles Southwest of Woodbridge and 6 miles East of Ipswich.) The piece ends with a 1/3" old, handmade burnished brass ferrule. The overall length is 34 1/4" and the condition is very good. It is a very fine English Folk Art example that is signed and dated by the maker. Estimate: $1000-$1500

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A great carved wood Union veteran's cane of Lincoln

Lot 44: A great carved wood Union veteran's cane of Lincoln

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Description: A great carved wood Union veteran's cane of Lincoln. The dark stained hardwood "L" handle is 2 1/2" high, 2" at its thickest, and 4 1/4" to the side. At the shaft end of the handle, a nicely detailed face of Abraham Lincoln is carved, while at the opposite end, "1877" is incised. The shaft is tan hardwood randomly stained with blotches as highlights. A 1 1/8" spent brass cartridge shell acts as a "make do" ferrule. The overall length is 36 1/3" and the condition is very good. One could assume that a Union veteran who was a Lincoln admirer, created this piece for perhaps an 1877 reunion of comrades. It is a fine hand-fashioned example of the kind. Estimate: $1200-$1800

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A superb Meissen cane of an aristocratic lady

Lot 45: A superb Meissen cane of an aristocratic lady

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Description: A superb Meissen cane of an aristocratic lady. The porcelain tau handle is 3" high and4 1/2" long. It features a beautiful smiling lady with her hair pulled back and tied with a black bow, as well as having a purple bow trailing at her neck. The body of the handle is fully hand-decorated in a lovely floral design along with raised gold scrolling. (An exact example of this piece is shown on page 179, picture #23, of Dike's La Canne Objet D'Art in the Meissen chapter. She attributes the original form to Johann Gottlieb Ehder, noted 18th Century Meissen modeler). Originally collected as a handle, it is mounted on an antique shaft that has a 1/3" ringed gold collar, is made of dark rosewood, and has a 7/8" replaced brass ferrule. The overall length is 36 2/3" and the condition is very good. It was perhaps made in the first half of the 19th Century and it is an outstanding example of the kind. Estimate: $2500-$3500

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A Chinese silver cane with Chinese characters

Lot 46: A Chinese silver cane with Chinese characters

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Description: A very fine Chinese silver cane with Chinese characters. The silver modified tau handle is 1 2/3" high and 4 1/8" long. Eight raised Chinese writing characters are chased along the top. The stem of the handle is inscribed: " From Vi to Frank, 1905", and there are hallmarks and maker's marks from Shanghai. The shaft is stepped partridgewood that ends with a 1 1/2" bimetal ferrule. The overall length is 35 3/4" and the condition is very good with minor denting on each end of the handle. It is a very nice silver example from China. Estimate: $600-$800

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A very nice shark spine cane

Lot 47: A very nice shark spine cane

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Description: A very nice shark spine cane. Made entirely of tapering spine threaded over a metal rod, it has a crook handle that measures about 7" along the arc, is 7/8" wide, and has a 1 1/8" horn end-piece. Additionally, eight horn separators and one of wood have been employed, to keep the spine aligned. The piece ends with a 1 1/8" dark horn ferrule. The overall length is 36 7/8" and the condition is very good with the spinal discs intact, well aligned, and undamaged. It is probably American, ca 1895, and it is a very fine example of the type. Estimate: $550-$750

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An olivewood cane from the Greek Isle of Corfu

Lot 48: An olivewood cane from the Greek Isle of Corfu

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Description: A unique olivewood cane from the Greek Isle of Corfu. Made of a single piece of olivewood, it has a short "L" handle that is 1 1/2" thick and 2 1/2" to the side. It depicts a fierce looking head of an unknown animal with sharp fangs, emerging from foliage. On the opposite side, at the top of the shaft, a man with heavy moustache and beard is carved above: "Kepkypa", the capital city of Corfu. (The man may represent a peasant or aged occupant of the Island.) A 1" burnished brass ferrule completes the piece. The overall length is 36" and the condition is very good. It is ca 1900 and is a nice example in unusual form. (These pieces were sometimes called priest's canes because members of the Greek Orthodox clergy often carried them.) Estimate: $450-$650

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A great wood bulldog cane with articulating mouth

Lot 49: A great wood bulldog cane with articulating mouth

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Description: A great wood bulldog cane with articulating mouth. The dark hardwood handle is 2 1/8" high and 2 1/8" to the side. It depicts in fine detail, the head of bulldog with amber glass eyes. There is a lever at the dog's throat that is spring-driven. When depressed, it opens the dog's mouth widely revealing a light red interior. It could be used to hold gloves or tickets or any other appropriate objects that might need temporary security, or to free up the user's hands. There is a 2/3" brass collar on an oak shaft that ends with a 7/8" dark horn ferrule. The overall length is 35 2/3" and the condition is very good with a strong working spring. It is probably English, ca 1895, and it is a very fine example of the kind. Estimate: $850-$1250

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A wonderful early English ivory pique cane

Lot 50: A wonderful early English ivory pique cane

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Description: A wonderful early English ivory pique cane. The ivory handle is 2 7/8" high and 1 1/3" in diameter. It has some incised carving at the top and it is elaborately decorated with tiny hollow silver pique spherules fashioned in lines, circles, and diamonds with a beautiful result. There is a 2/3" scalloped silver collar punch- decorated in lines and starbursts on a malacca shaft with round silver eyelets, and a 4 1/4" long burnished brass ferrule. The overall length is 36 3/4" and the condition is very good with all of the pique apparently intact. It is ca 1705, and it is a marvelous example of the type. Estimate: $5500-$7500

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