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Auction Description for Tradewinds Antiques: Fall Fine Antique Cane Auction
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Tradewinds is pleased to present our 41st live all-cane auction on September 28, 2013, at 11:00 AM, with previewing of lots from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM on the day of the sale. The sale will be held at the Marriott Peabody Hotel, just off route 128 at exit #28, in Peabody, MA. We have gathered a wonderful array of quality pieces and will be offering 192 lots with many rare or scarce pieces.

Fall Fine Antique Cane Auction

by Tradewinds Antiques


191 lots with images

September 28, 2013

Live Auction

8A Centennial Drive

Peabody, MA, 01960 USA

Phone: 978-526-4085

Email: auctions@tradewindsantiques.com

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A large gold-filled 75th birthday cane

Lot 1: A large gold-filled 75th birthday cane

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Description: A large gold-filled 75th birthday cane. The gold knob is 2 1/4" high and 1 2/3" across the top. It is nicely decorated in "C" scrolls and panels and is inscribed on the top: "Emerson G. Gibson, Mar. 17 1833, Mar. 17 1909". The shaft is heavy ebonized rosewood with a 1 1/2" white metal and iron ferrule. The overall length is 35 3/4" and the condition is very good. It is American and it is a very fine example of the type.

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A scarce and important Dunhill lighter gadget cane

Lot 2: A scarce and important Dunhill lighter gadget cane

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Description: An extremely scarce and important Dunhill lighter gadget cane. The textured silver handle is 1 3/4" high and 1 1/8" across the top. It is decorated with tiny patterns and lines along with a ring of acanthus leaves around the perimeter of the top. A hinged lid opens and allows access to a removable cigarette lighter with an arm and a wheel, along with a rare slotted wind-guard that surrounds the wick. Spark from a flint is induced by manually spinning the wheel so the wick can be lit. Petrol fluid to soak the wick can be added by removing a large slotted screw on the underside of the base. All mechanics are working and a flame can be produced. There are tiny hallmarks where the lid is seated. They read "930" for the silver content, and "A. D." (Alfred Dunhill) on each side of a tiny replica of the lighter's arm. Additionally, there are worn maker's initials, perhaps for Louis Kuppenheim, the German metal-smith associated with many Dunhill products. Along with the worn initials, there is a worn city mark, probably for Pforzheim, where Kuppenheim worked. The shaft is full-bark malacca and "Dunhill" is embossed into the skin of the malacca just below the handle. A 1 1/2" black horn ferrule completes the piece. The overall length is 35 3/4" and the condition is very good. It was probably made for Dunhill in Germany, ca 1930's, and it is a superb example of the kind. (In forty-three auctions devoted exclusively to walking canes, this is the first Dunhill lighter cane that Tradewinds has been privileged to offer. The consignor indicates that this lighter cane was verbally authenticated by Luciano Bottoni, the noted co-author of The Dunhill Petrol Lighter, generally acknowledged as the finest book ever written on Dunhill lighters.

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A fine ivory cane of a Victorian couple

Lot 3: A fine ivory cane of a Victorian couple

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Description: A fine ivory cane of a Victorian couple. The elephant ivory handle is 2" high and 1 1/2" at its widest. It depicts the face of a balding man on one side and ostensibly his wife on the opposite side, with her face framed by her ruffled bonnet. They have the appearance of Dickens characters. There is a 2/3" decorated silver collar on a mahoganized hardwood shaft with a 7/8" horn ferrule. The overall length is 38 1/2" and the condition is very good. It is English, ca 1890 and it is a very good example of an ivory characters cane.

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Lot 4: A great "L" ivory Japanese shibayama cane with bugs

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Description: A great "L" ivory Japanese shibayama cane with bugs. The elephant ivory handle is 1 1/3" high and 3 1/2" to the side. It is inlaid with eight randomly placed bugs done in Japanese shibayama. The bugs are made of light and dark horn, abalone, mother-of-pearl, and tortoiseshell. On the butt end, a large, oval 2/3" dark horn bug is featured. All the insects have etched and inked antennae and legs. There is a 1 1/4" silver collar that has worn owner's initials and very worn London hallmarks for the turn of the 20th Century. The shaft is briarwood with an angle-worn, 1/2" burnished brass ferrule. The overall length is 34 1/3" and the condition is very good with all the inlay intact. It was fashioned in England with an imported handle and it is a very fine example of the Japanese shibayama style.

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A scarce Ronson cigarette lighter gadget cane

Lot 5: A scarce Ronson cigarette lighter gadget cane

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Description: A scarce Ronson cigarette lighter gadget cane. The crook malacca handle measures about 8 1/2" along the arc and is 1 1/4" thick. Just below the handle there is a 4" by 3/4" brass fitting that is inscribed: "Club Hemphill, New Years Eve, 1930". (The cane may have been given as a gift/award at a New Years Party, perhaps by Ronson for its top salesmen. In Dike's Cane Curiosa on page 77, 7/105, an exact example of this cane is shown. She indicates that: "Reportedly, the Ronson Company offered these canes to its best salesmen".) The brass fitting is hinged, with a small button-latch that opens to allow an attached Ronson cigarette lighter to emerge from within the shaft. The lighter is marked: "Ronson De Light" along with several patent numbers. The lighter has flint, wick, and fluid, and works with a spring-driven arm to produce a flame. The piece ends with a 1 1/4" light horn ferrule. The overall length is 35 3/4" and the condition is very good with working mechanics. It is a most desirable example because of its scarcity and its fine working condition.

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A great wood GAR cane

Lot 6: A great wood GAR cane

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Description: A great wood GAR cane that features a spread eagle and the GAR badge. Made of hardwood, it has a plain knob handle that is 2" high and 1 1/2" across the top. It is hand fashioned and low-relief carved on a black background with Grand Army of the Republic (the post Civil War organization of Union veterans), and other patriotic and work-a-day-symbols that are decorated and defined in pen-work. This example is replete with them and is highlighted with a large spread eagle with stars and stripes, as well as The GAR badge itself that Congress authorized Union Veterans to wear with other medals they might have earned. The piece ends with a 1 2/3" old ferrous metal ferrule. The overall length is 35 1/4" and the condition is very good with some cosmetic in-filling of a thin crack just below the handle. It is ca 1880, and it is a wonderful example of the type that may have been sold at national GAR gatherings. On page 146, #252, of American Folk Art Canes, by George H. Meyer, an example of a low-relief carved GAR cane with a spread eagle and attribution, is shown. (An interesting history of the GAR organization is also available online through Wikipedia.)

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A wood double automaton cane of a French bulldog

Lot 7: A wood double automaton cane of a French bulldog

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Description: A great wood double automaton cane of a French bulldog. The dark wood handle is 3 1/3" high and 1 7/8" at its widest. It depicts a finely detailed French bulldog with brown glass eyes. When a lever at the dog's throat is engaged, it's mouth opens showing carved teeth and a red interior. Additionally, the ears simultaneously swing to the side. The mechanics work superbly. There is a thin ivory separator on a malacca shaft with a 7/8" burnished brass ferrule. The overall length is 37 1/2" and the condition is very good. It is perhaps Continental, ca 1880, and it is a very nice example of these fine pieces that were made to entertain and amuse.

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A lovely citrine cane with silver mount

Lot 8: A lovely citrine cane with silver mount

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Description: A lovely citrine cane with silver mount. The reticulated silver handle is 2 " high and 1 3/4" across the top. Set into the elaborate silver cage is a very large faceted yellowish/brown citrine stone, 1 3/4" in diameter. There is a 1/2" decorated silver collar with a barely discernable "Sterling" mark. It is mounted on a shaft of heavy, exotic snakewood with a 1 1/3" horn ferrule. The overall length is 36 1/2" and the condition is very good. It is American, fashioned with an imported handle, ca 1900. It is a beautiful decorative example.

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A wonderful Paris porcelain cane of a boy

Lot 9: A wonderful Paris porcelain cane of a boy

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Description: A wonderful Paris porcelain cane of a boy with a happy face and then a sad face. The porcelain handle is 2 3/4" high and 1 1/2" at its widest. It depicts a nicely detailed boy in two facial expressions: one happy and one sad. (On page 247 of Dike's La Canne Objet D'Art, this exact motif is shown as picture 20. She indicates that the boy illustrates Voltaire's poem "Happy John and Sad John" in a knob created by the French Clauss Factory.) There is a thin brass ring collar on a shaft of ebony with a 1 1/8" horn ferrule. The overall length is 37 3/4" and the condition is excellent. It is ca 1890, and it is a very nice example of the kind.

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A carved whalebone cane with an inlaid compass rose

Lot 10: A carved whalebone cane with an inlaid compass rose

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Description: A great, carved whalebone cane with an inlaid compass rose. The carved whalebone cane is inlaid at the top with a 3/4" octagonal piece of baleen that is further inlaid with abalone points that make a compass rose. In the center of the rose is a round spherule of baleen. The 1" thick shaft is configured octagonally for 8 1/2" and then carved with a barley twist all the way down to a 2" smooth tip that acts as a ferrule. It has a fine creamy patina. The overall length is 36 1/4" and the condition is very good with an old minor chip on the tip. It is probably American, ca 1850, and it is a wonderful nautical example that appears to be sailor-made. The cane is of the size and weight to have been a ship's officer's "going ashore" piece.

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A very fine polished bone and silver decorative cane

Lot 11: A very fine polished bone and silver decorative cane

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Description: A very fine polished bone and silver decorative cane. The "L" bone handle is 3 3/4" high and 3 1/4" to the side. It is capped with a 5/8" decorated silver end-piece and it is inlaid both on the "L" and on the stem with silver dots and bars producing a very pleasing result. There is a 1/2" silver collar on a mahoganized malacca shaft that ends with a 1 1/4" silvered metal ferrule. The overall length is 35 3/4" and the condition is very good. It is probably Continental, ca 1885 and it is a very nice decorative example.

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A lovely ivory Art Nouveau floral cane

Lot 12: A lovely ivory Art Nouveau floral cane

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Description: A lovely ivory Art Nouveau floral cane. The elephant ivory handle is 7" high and 1 1/3" at its widest. It depicts in fine detail, a tangled vine with an open flower and a bud. It is done in the graceful, flowing Art Nouveau manner. There is a 1/2" lined silver collar on an ebony shaft with a 1" white metal and iron ferrule. The overall length is 36 1/2" and the condition is excellent. It is perhaps American, ca 1900, and it is a great example of the artistic style of the time.

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A superb rock crystal cane with vermeil silver decoration

Lot 13: A superb rock crystal cane with vermeil silver decoration

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Description: A superb rock crystal cane with vermeil silver decoration. The cylindrical handle is 2 1/3" high and 3/4" across the top. It is beautifully overlaid with festooned vermeil garlands at the top, and a ring of acanthus leaves at the base, with a lovely result. The shaft is ebony with a 7/8" black horn ferrule. The overall length is 37 1/2" and the condition is excellent. It is perhaps French, ca 1900 and it is a wonderful decorative example.

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A very good black man sword cane curio.

Lot 14: A very good black man sword cane curio.

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Description: A very good black man sword cane curio. The handle, made of molded early natural latex, perhaps gutta percha, is 1 1/2" high and 2/3" at is widest. It depicts the detailed head of a black man. There is a thin ivory separator on a wood shaft that is fully veneered in lined gutta percha. Below the handle, at a 3/8" brass band, a 28" triangular sword can be withdrawn from a slotted brass fitting. The blade is blued and gilded for 10 1/4" and is in very good condition. The cane ends with a 1" bi-metal ferrule. The overall length is 36" and the condition is very good with some minor roughness on one ear of the man. It is perhaps Continental, ca 1870 and it is from the fine collection of Dr. Lawrence Pinkner.

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The Tiffany cane of Admiral Christopher R. P. Rodgers

Lot 15: The Tiffany cane of Admiral Christopher R. P. Rodgers

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Description: The wonderful Tiffany ivory and silver cane of Admiral Christopher R. P. Rodgers, (1819-1892). The elephant ivory ball handle is 1 1/2" in diameter. Its surface is carved with jagged lines to simulate crazing. It is inlaid with seventeen cabochon pieces of mother-of-pearl, randomly set. There is a 1" slightly blown out silver collar that is scrolled with fancy initials in typical Tiffany style: "C.R.P.R." for Christopher Raymond Perry Rogers. Additionally it is inscribed: "Admiral Rogers, 1721 I St." which we now know is in Washington D.C., the city where the Admiral died in 1892. The lower rim is marked: "Tiffany & Co., Sterling". (Tradewinds originally sold this cane in our September, 2000 Auction. Today, thanks to the wonder of the internet, we are able to learn much more about Admiral Christopher R.P. Rogers. Per Wikipedia, his father, George Washington Rogers, commanded a vessel in the War of 1812 and his father's brother was Rear Admiral John Rogers. Through Christopher's mother, Anna Marie Perry, his maternal grandfather was Captain Christopher Raymond Perry and his uncles were Commodores Oliver Hazard Perry and Matthew Calbraith Perry. With such a background, it was inevitable that young Christopher R. P. Rogers would join the Navy. He served on many vessels as a young man and eventually fought in the Mexican/American War. He later commanded several vessels in the Civil War serving with valor and distinction. He was also made Commander in Chief of the Pacific Squadron and in his later life, was appointed twice as Superintendent of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, before he died in 1892. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. A paper with his picture and life highlightsA will accompany this lot.) The shaft is heavy macassar ebony with a 1 1/2" white metal and iron ferrule. The overall length is 36 1/3" and the condition is very good. It is ca 1890, and it is a beautiful blend of fine materials fashioned by America's leading creator of precious metal canes, as well as once belonging to an American naval hero. It is from the Vertical Art Collection. Per the consignor, the proceeds are to benefit the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.

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A splendid damascene ball and stem cane

Lot 16: A splendid damascene ball and stem cane

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Description: A splendid damascene ball and stem cane. The steel handle is 5" high and 1" at its widest. It is elaborately fashioned with two colors of gold in floral and foliate decoration, as well as lines, scrolls, rings, acanthus leaves, etc., in the classic manner of the damascene work from Toledo, Spain. The shaft is smooth partridgewood that ends with a 1 1/3" white metal and iron ferrule. The overall length is 35" and the condition is very good with no visible damage to the damascene. It was perhaps fashioned in America with an imported handle, ca 1900, and it is a very fine example of the kind.

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A fine ivory cane of a Spanish matador

Lot 17: A fine ivory cane of a Spanish matador

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Description: A fine ivory cane of a Spanish matador. The elephant ivory handle is 1 7/8" high and 1 7/8" at its widest. It depicts in wonderful detail, the bust of a Spanish matador, probably the famous Juan Belmonte. His hair is pulled back in a knot and he is wearing a "suit of lights", (his formal fighting attire). Belmonte was engaged in a rivalry with Joselito between 1914 and 1920 for the appellation "the greatest matador of all time". A Wikipedia paper covering his exploits will accompany this lot. The shaft is ebony with a 1/2" worn metal ferrule. The overall length is 37 1/4" and the condition is very good. It is perhaps Spanish, ca 1915, and it is a great ivory figural example.

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A very nice large 800 silver cane

Lot 18: A very nice large 800 silver cane

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Description: A very nice large 800 silver cane. The silver tau handle is 2 3/4" high and 4 3/4" long. The top is fashioned in a twist and there is a fancy cartouche that has a very worn and scratched inscription that is unreadable. The sides are chased with fancy scrolls and the base is marked "800" for the silver content and there are hallmarks, perhaps German. The shaft is ebony with a 7/8" brass and iron ferrule. The overall length is 36 1/2" and the condition is very good. It is ca 1900, and it is a very good example of the kind.

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A great olivewood cane from the Greek Isle of Corfu

Lot 19: A great olivewood cane from the Greek Isle of Corfu

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Description: A great olivewood cane from the Greek Isle of Corfu. Made of one thick piece of olivewood, it has an "L" handle that is 4 1/2" long and 1 1/2" at its widest. It depicts the head of a riding horse with a leather bridle. On the shaft below the handle a standing priest is carved wearing a cassock and a cross. On his hem "Kepkypa" is written, which is Greek for Corfu, as well as its Capital City. The piece ends with a 1 1/4" burnished ferrous metal ferrule, worn at the tip. The overall length is 37" and the condition is very good. It is ca 1895, and while these pieces were often referred to as "Priest's canes", this is the first we have encountered that actually depicts a Greek Orthodox priest.

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The gold with silver cane of President Juan Paul of Venezuela

Lot 20: The gold with silver cane of President Juan Paul of Venezuela

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Description: The wonderful gold with silver cane of President Juan Paul of Venezuela. The gold handle is 4 7/8" high and 1 1/4" across the top. Set in a bezel on the top is a 1" silver disc with the Coat of Arms of Venezuela. Around the gold perimeter at the top is: "Dr. Juan Pablo Rojas Paul, Presidente Constitucional de la Republica de Venezuela". On the stem of the handle in a textured shield panel, are the large, raised, fancy initials of President Paul. Two raised gold rings that frame a third of silver complete the handle. They are each decorated with chains of acanthus leaves. The shaft is heavy ebony that has some heartwood showing. The piece terminates with a 1 1/3" silver and iron ferrule. The overall length is 35 1/4" and the condition is very good. (Juan Carlos Rojas Paul was born in 1826 and died in 1905. He served Venezuela in several diplomatic posts before becoming President from 1888 to 1890. He was elected by constitutional means and finished his term without being overthrown, no mean feat in those days. His administration was replete with turmoil, however, and he even had to quell an uprising led by Joaquin Crespo, who was sent into exile. Papers covering some of his life and career are included with this lot, as is his colored picture and that of Venezuela's Coat of Arms.) This marvelous piece of Venezuelan history is a great example that we are very pleased to offer.

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A wonderful gold presentation cane to a Captain Putnam

Lot 21: A wonderful gold presentation cane to a Captain Putnam

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Description: A wonderful gold presentation cane to a Captain Putnam. The large solid gold handle, professionally tested below the skin to be at least 14k and to weigh just under 28 grams, is 1 7/8" high, and 1 1/4" across the top. It is inscribed" T.H. Allen to Capt. W.E. Putnam". The smooth sides are unmarked, and it is fashioned octagonally, a prominent style in the mid 19th Century. The shaft is full-bark malacca with a 1 1/3" burnished brass ferrule. The overall length is 34 1/4" and the condition is very good. It may be American, ca 1855, but attempts to research Allen and Putnam has not as yet produced definitive results. (This superb piece warrants further investigation to identify the parties and to obtain their pertinent background.) It is a great example of the kind.

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A fine silvered bronze cane of a boy and snake

Lot 22: A fine silvered bronze cane of a boy and snake

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Description: A fine silvered bronze cane of a boy and snake. The heavy "L' handle, fashioned from silvered bronze, is 2 1/3" high and 4" long. It depicts a very nicely detailed nude boy with a long snake entwined about him. It is signed at the base: "G. Tonnellier", perhaps for Georges Tonnellier, (1858-1937), the noted French sculptor. The shaft is nicely figured snakewood with fancy silver owner's initials overlaid just below the handle. It terminates with a 7/8" brass and iron ferrule. The overall length is 35 1/3" and the condition is very good. It is probably French, ca 1910, and it is an extremely well-crafted example.

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A very nice English silver putter presentation cane

Lot 23: A very nice English silver putter presentation cane

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Description: A very nice English silver putter presentation cane. Made in the form of a silver putter, the handle is 1 1/2" high and 2 2/3" to the side. On the straight edge of the putter it is inscribed: "Presented to Mrs. Wm. Wilson, on the Opening of the Kilsyth Golf Course, May 1905". There are also London hallmarks for 1904 and a maker's mark: "J.H." The shaft is tightly stepped partridgewood with a 7/8" burnished brass ferrule. ( Per Google, the Kilsyth golf Course was founded in 1899 at a location in the Ballmolloch area of Scotland on land owned by a Mr. Duncan, a farmer. William Wilson was Provost of the new Club. In 1903, when Mr. Duncan proposed to raise the rental fee from 25 Pounds to 35 Pounds, the Club decided to move the Course to a different location. It was re-opened in 1905 at a new site north of the Town of Lanarkshire, where it remains to today. When Mrs. William Wilson was presented with a putter cane to commemorate the re-opening, it was said that she celebrated the occasion by putting a ball at the first hole.) The overall length is 32 1/2" and the condition is very good with many minor dents on the handle. It is a wonderful example from Scotland's rich golfing history.

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A very nice natural wood sword cane curio with a long blade

Lot 24: A very nice natural wood sword cane curio with a long blade

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Description: A very nice natural wood sword cane curio with a long blade. Made of natural hazelwood, it has a crook handle that measures about 7 1/2" along the arc and is 1/2" thick. At a 1/2" reticulated brass collar below the handle, a long 26 1/3" triangular blade can be withdrawn from a brass mount. It is extensively blued and gilded with some wear, and it is marked "Toledo", for the famous Spanish blade-maker. The piece ends with a 2 1/2" horn ferrule. The overall length is 35 1/2" and the condition is very good with all of the bark intact. It is English, made with an imported blade, ca 1905. It is a very good example of the type.

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A cased ivory traveling cane with a glove stretcher

Lot 25: A cased ivory traveling cane with a glove stretcher

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Description: A wonderful cased ivory traveling cane along with a glove stretcher. The moss green velvet over wood carrying case is 16 1/2" long and 5 2/3" wide. It opens at a working metal latch to reveal a light tan velvet base with custom indentations to hold a three-piece elephant ivory figural cane and an elephant ivory glove stretcher. The case is in good general condition but there is lots of age discoloration on the outside velvet and some wear, but no damage. The cane has a handle that is 6 1/4" high and 1 1/4" at its widest. It depicts a pretty young Victorian maiden with long curly hair wearing a puffy bonnet with a bow. The stem of the handle is carved in high relief with a garland of roses and buds. There is a 1/3" decorated gold gilt collar and the set includes two additional stepped pieces all designed to screw together into metal fittings to produce a fine all-ivory cane, with no separate ferrule. The overall length when a cane is 36 1/3" and the condition is very good with normal ivory age lines. The all-ivory glove stretcher has a spring driven split handle and is 9 3/4" long, with a large incised "N" for the owner. It works perfectly. This remarkable set is perhaps English, ca 1880 and it is a fabulous, unique example. It is from the Vertical Art Collection®. Per the consignor, the proceeds are to benefit the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.

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A lovely Japanese cloisonné cane

Lot 26: A lovely Japanese cloisonné cane

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Description: A lovely Japanese cloisonné cane. The thin crook handle is 9" high, about 5" along the arc, and 1/2" thick. It is finely fashioned in a floral motif in tones of umber, red, yellow, two shades of blue, tan, and white with gold highlights. It was masterfully created and the handle is undamaged. The shaft is smooth partridgewood with a 1 1/2" white metal and iron ferrule. The overall length is 34 1/2" and the condition is very good. It was perhaps made in America with an imported handle, ca 1900, and it is a beautiful example of Japanese artistry.

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An amethyst quartz and vermeil silver cane with citrines

Lot 27: An amethyst quartz and vermeil silver cane with citrines

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Description: A beautiful French amethyst quartz and vermeil silver cane with citrines. The cylindrical amethyst quartz handle is 2 1/3" high and 7/8" in diameter. It has pretty tones of purple and white with the internal fissures common to this quartz. It is encircled with vermeil silver wire and bezels that hold two 1/2" pear-shaped and faceted citrines. There is a thin vermeil ring collar and there are tiny French maker's marks. The shaft is dark rosewood with a 7/8" replaced brass ferrule. The overall length is 36 3/4" and the condition is very good. It is ca 1900, and it is a lovely decorative example.

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A very nice silver cane with a gecko and a fly

Lot 28: A very nice silver cane with a gecko and a fly

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Description: A very nice silver cane with a gecko and a fly. The hammered silver tau handle is 1 3/4" high and 3 1/2" long. It is overlaid with a 1 1/2" bright brass gecko and a housefly, done "a la japonais". The shaft is malacca with a 7/8" replaced brass ferrule. The overall length is 33 3/4" and the condition is very good with minor dents in the handle and age discoloration on the shaft. It is perhaps French, ca 1895, and it is a very good example of the Japanese influence in the Western art of the time.

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A very nice wood cane of an alligator

Lot 29: A very nice wood cane of an alligator

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Description: A very nice wood cane of an alligator. Made of a single piece of de-barked orangewood, it has a slightly curved handle that is 3" long and 1 1/4" at its widest. It depicts a young full-bodied alligator with its long body twisted around a log. The tan shaft features many cut-off branch nibs and the piece terminates with a 7/8" replaced brass ferrule. The overall length is 36" and the condition is very good. It is from America's Southeast, ca1895, and it is a fine example of the kind presented in a rather unique pose.

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A 17th C. English ivory pique cane with fancy rings

Lot 30: A 17th C. English ivory pique cane with fancy rings

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Description: A great 17th C. English ivory pique cane with fancy rings. The old elephant ivory handle is 3 1/4" high and 1 1/3" across the top. There is a 1/3" pique circle on the top, and thin circles of pique at the edge of the top and on the sides, along with thick fancy bars fashioned zig-zag. Eyelets rimmed with wide pique circles pierce the ivory in the 17th Century manner. There is a 7/8" lined silver collar that has scalloped edging. The shaft is honey-toned malacca that ends with a very long 5 1/4" brass and iron ferrule. The overall length is 35 1/2" and the condition is very good with all pique work apparently intact. It is ca 1690's, and it is a superb example of these very early and desirable antique pieces. It is from the Vertical Art Collection®. Per the consignor, the proceeds are to benefit the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.

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The wonderful silver Tiffany cane of Representative Herbert C. Pell

Lot 31: The wonderful silver Tiffany cane of Representative Herbert C. Pell

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Description: The wonderful silver Tiffany cane of Representative Herbert C. Pell. The silver tau handle is 2 1/8" high and 3 1/4" long. It has a hammered texture and it is marvelously chased " a la japonais", with a full-bodied crab, strands of seaweed and a small waterbug. (Tiffany was greatly influenced by Japanese art and numerous handles were made in the Japanese style, several with randomly placed animal life, as noted on page 249 of Dike's Canes in the United States.) The underside of the handle is inscribed: "Herbert C. Pell, NY". There are double rings at the base with the lower ring marked: " Tiffany & Co., Maker's" with the "m" mark that was used starting in 1907, along with the "Sterling" designation. (See the Tiffany Blue Book for dating references). The shaft is ebony that ends with a 1 1/4" white metal and iron ferrule. The overall length is 35 3/4" and the condition is very good. It is ca 1910. (Herbert Claiborne Pell was born in 1884 and died in 1961. He was a member of the House of Representatives from New York between 1919 and 1921. He was also a diplomat and a humanist being one of the first to speak out against the Holocaust and having served on the United Nations War Crimes Commission after WWII. Papers that include his picture and covering his life and fine career, will accompany this lot.)

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A very nice Japanese ivory cane of a dog and a drum

Lot 32: A very nice Japanese ivory cane of a dog and a drum

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Description: A very nice Japanese ivory cane of a dog and a drum. The elephant ivory handle is 2" high and 1 1/4" at it widest. It depicts in very fine detail, a small dog with tiny yellow eyes, sitting on a round drum while holding the drumsticks in its paws. There is a 1/2" brass collar on a shaft of light-toned and nicely figured Hawaiian koa, an exotic wood indigenous only to that area. A 7/8" horn ferrule completes the piece. The overall length is 37 1/2" and the condition is very good. It is perhaps American, made with an imported handle, ca 1915. It is a fine Japanese ivory example with an amusing theme.

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A University of Vermont college cane with a figural bronze handle

Lot 34: A University of Vermont college cane with a figural bronze handle

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Description: A very nice University of Vermont 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" and "28" for Vermont and 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 its original owner by contacting the college.

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A great whale ivory knot cane with checkerboard pattern

Lot 35: A great whale ivory knot cane with checkerboard pattern

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Description: A great whale ivory knot cane with checkerboard pattern. Made of a single tooth, the whale ivory handle is 3" high and 1 1/3" across the top. The ball top is carved as a detailed sailor's monkey fist or turkshead knot. There are thin baleen and whalebone separators that frame a 1 1/2" checkerboard made of squares of whalebone and dark ebony. The shaft is smooth, tapering whalebone that ends with an old, rusty 7/8" metal ferrule that was added some time ago to protect the shaft's tip. (The shaft has a very, very slight bend indicating it was taken from the desirable center of the pan-bone.) The overall length is 37 3/4" and the condition is very good with some cosmetic in-fill in a "drying out" age crack in the handle, done to avoid any spreading of the minor gap. It is perhaps American, ca 1860, and it is from a private Princeton N.J. collection. It was obtained at a Richard Bourne auction on Cape Cod many years ago. It is a very fine sailor-made example perhaps by a lover of playing the game of checkers.

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A  Gorham gold and ivory 100th birthday presentation cane

Lot 36: A Gorham gold and ivory 100th birthday presentation cane

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Description: A wonderful Gorham gold and ivory 100th birthday presentation cane. The elephant ivory and gold "L" handle is 2 1/8" high and 4 1/8" to the side. The ivory is encased in solid gold and is inscribed: "Presented to Rueben Burnham on his 100th Birthday, Nov. 4th 1909, by the Directors of the First Ward National Bank". It is Gorham hallmarked and marked "14k", along with an inventory number. The shaft is stepped partridgewood with 1 1/2" horn ferrule. The overall length is 34 1/8" and the condition is very good. It is a fine American presentation piece fashioned by Gorham, the prestigious Rhode Island maker. It is from the Michael Roth Collection.

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A very fine ivory Japanese cane of rats

Lot 37: A very fine ivory Japanese cane of rats

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Description: A very fine ivory Japanese cane of rats. The elephant ivory knob handle is 1 1/2" high and 1 1/4" at its widest. It depicts in wonderful detail, a cluster of rats of all sizes. They have black jet eyes and are curled into a ball, in the typical Japanese random manner, producing a very nice visual effect. There is a 1/2" silver collar on an exotic shaft of faux snakewood that ends with a 1" burnished brass ferrule. The overall length is 35 1/2" and the condition is very good. It is probably English, made with an imported handle, ca 1890. It is a very nice example of skilled Japanese artistry in carved ivory.

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A relic cane from the WWII Battle of Sedan

Lot 38: A relic cane from the WWII Battle of Sedan

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Description: A relic cane from the WWII Battle of Sedan in France on May 20, 1940. Made from wood from battlefield, the "T" handle is 5" long and 1/2" thick. It is hand-fashioned with wrapped wire to prevent splitting and crudely nailed to a squared shaft that appears to have been a thin slat from temporary fencing. A hand fashioned 1 3/4" tin collar is below the handle that is carved in panels and highlighted in white paint: "1940", "Blesse" and "20 Mai". A nailed rubber ring acts as a ferrule. The overall length is 34 1/4" and the general condition is sound. (See Wikipedia for an account of this Battle that was in essence, a resounding defeat for France before the British were then expelled, and France fell to the Nazis in June of 1940.)

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A very fine swing-out telescope cane

Lot 39: A very fine swing-out telescope cane

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Description: A very fine swing-out telescope cane. The silver metal handle, perhaps plated brass, is 6 2/3" long and 1 1/8" across the top. The top cap that covers the front lens of the telescope unscrews. Additionally, the cane unscrews 4 1/3" down the shaft so that a 11 3/4" three-draw telescope can be revealed. It pivots on a fixed point for horizontal use, and it has a maker's mark on the shiny metal of the middle drawer. It can be focused, and the optics are excellent. The shaft is malacca with a 2/3" burnished brass ferrule. The overall length is 35 2/3" and the condition is very good. It is perhaps French, ca 1880, and this nice authentic gadget cane is part of the Dr. Pinkner Collection. (A close example can be seen on page 97, 9/16 of Dike's Cane Curiosa.)

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A wonderful Meissen porcelain chinoiserie cane

Lot 40: A wonderful Meissen porcelain chinoiserie cane

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Description: A wonderful Meissen porcelain chinoiserie cane. The milord handle is 1 3/4" high and 1" across the top. It is marvelously hand-painted with various Chinese figures and is attributed to Johann-Gregor Horoldt, ((1696-1775), considered one of the premier artists at the Meissen workshops. This type of work was later called "chinoiserie" or "done in the Chinese manner". On page 166 and 167 of Dike's La Canne Objet D'Art, there are model pictures and a descriptive paragraph concerning Horoldt. This very cane is pictured as #8. (The consignor obtained it in Switzerland.) There is a 1/2" silver collar decorated with acanthus leaves on a malacca shaft with decorated gold oval eyelets and an antique woven wrist cord. The piece ends with a 1 1/8" bi-metal ferrule that appears to be a 19th Century replacement. The overall length is 39" and the condition is very good. It is ca 1725, and it is a fabulous example actually pictured in a major treatise on decorative canes. It is from the Vertical Art Collection. Per the consignor, the proceeds are to benefit the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.

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A very nice Chinese silver knob cane with a dragon

Lot 41: A very nice Chinese silver knob cane with a dragon

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Description: A very nice Chinese silver knob cane with a dragon. The silver knob handle is 2 1/4" high and 1 1/3" across the top. The silver is elaborately chased on an embossed background with large Chinese characters on the top, and a fierce multi-toed dragon (the symbol of the Emperor), encircling the perimeter. The stem features many bamboo trees. The shaft is blackened hardwood with a 1" horn ferrule. The overall length is 36" and the condition is very good, with traces of gold highlighting still present. It was probably fashioned in England with an imported handle, ca 1900. It is a fine example of the type.

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A great ivory cane of a wild boar and a hound

Lot 42: A great ivory cane of a wild boar and a hound

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Description: A great ivory cane of a wild boar and a hound. The elephant ivory "L" handle is 1 1/2" high and 4 1/2" long. It depicts in fine detail, a wild boar with upturned tusks at one end, and hound with its tongue protruding on the other. Both have amber glass eyes. There is a 1 1/8" silver collar London hallmarked for 1922 on a shaft of heavy ebony that ends with a 1 1/8" light horn ferrule. The overall length is 36 2/3" and the condition is very good. It is a fine example of the type, with a hunting theme. Estimate: $1200-$1800.

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A French silver cane with fancy guilloche decoration

Lot 43: A French silver cane with fancy guilloche decoration

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Description: A very nice French silver cane with fancy guilloche decoration. The cylindrical handle is 3 1/8" high and 1" in diameter. It has tiny French hallmarks at the base. It is engine-turned with different patterns and there are two acanthus leave rings. It makes a very fine visual presentation. The shaft is black hardwood with a 1" burnished brass ferrule. The overall length is 34" 1/4" and the condition is very good with some very minor denting of the handle. It is ca 1910, and it is a very pretty example of the kind.

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A fine Danish cane of a wood hound dog

Lot 44: A fine Danish cane of a wood hound dog

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Description: A fine Danish cane of a wood hound dog with silver highlights. The crook handle measures about 8" along the arc. At the end of the crook, there is a 3" carved dark wood hound that has long silver ears, silver eyebrows, and a silver nose. One silver ear is inscribed for the owner: "Westensen" and the other is inscribed for the Danish city of "Logstor". The shaft is hardwood carved to simulate bamboo and there is a 7/8" replaced brass ferrule. The overall length is 34" and the general condition is very good, with the silver on the right ear showing slight evidence of a good repair. It is ca 1915, and it is a nice example from Scandinavia.

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A lovely Art Deco rock crystal and enamel cane

Lot 45: A lovely Art Deco rock crystal and enamel cane

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Description: A lovely Art Deco rock crystal and enamel German cane with a protective case. The rock crystal cylindrical handle is 3 1/4" high and 3/4" across the top. It is mostly frosted with a textured surface. Just below the top of the handle, there is a 3/4" area that features rings with lines that are cut to clear. Some of the lines make up a band of sharp 90 degree angles displaying classic Art Deco styling. The handle ends with a 1/2" band of light blue enamel with guilloche. The 4 1/2" red leather protective case fits over the handle and closes with a brass latch. The interior of the case is light brown felt on one half, and satin on the other. The light brown satin is printed in gold with the German purveyor: "Bernard Fuchs, Juweller", with an address in Bad Kissinger. The shaft is rosewood that ends with a 7/8' horn ferrule. The overall length is 37 2/3" and the condition is very good with the protective case having some minor scuffs on the leather. It is ca 1920's and it is a beautiful example that shows an Art Deco influence.

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A wonderful Essex Crystal cane of a cat

Lot 46: A wonderful Essex Crystal cane of a cat

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Description: A wonderful Essex Crystal cane of a cat. The milord silver handle is 1 3/4" high and 1" across the rounded top. Inlaid on the top is an Essex Crystal that features the painted face of a white cat, with black and brown 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. They are eagerly sought after by avid collecters) The sides of the handle are elaborately decorated mostly in scrolling and there are Chester hallmarks for 1893. The shaft is ebonized rosewood that ends with a 2 1/4" angle-worn horn ferrule. The overall length is 34 1/8" and the condition is very good. It is a great example with a clear, appealing depiction of the cat.

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A Japanese carved ivory cane of Fukurokujui

Lot 47: A Japanese carved ivory cane of Fukurokujui

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Description: A Japanese carved ivory cane of Fukurokuju, the God of Longevity. The long elephant ivory handle is 6" high and 3/4" at its widest. It depicts in relief carving, a nicely detailed and aged Fukurokuju with the handle being his long, smooth head for which he is noted. (A fly, a bit worn down from use, is sitting on his head in a typical, amusing Japanese touch) He is holding a staff for support in one hand, while the other is raised in a greeting or a blessing. As well as Longevity, he is associated with wealth and prosperity. (See Legend in Japanese Art by Joly.) There is a thin ivory ring collar on a mahoganized hardwood shaft with a 1 1/8" horn ferrule. The overall length is 36 1/4" and the condition is very good. It was perhaps fashioned in England with an imported handle, ca 1890. It is a very nice example of the fascinating world of Japanese myth and legend.

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A very fine ivory greyhound cane

Lot 48: A very fine ivory greyhound cane

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Description: A very fine ivory greyhound cane. The elephant ivory "L" handle is 1" thick and 3 1/4" to the side. It depicts a detailed head of a greyhound or whippet with amber glass eyes, whisker holes, and facial folds, with mouth agape showing fangs and tongue tip. There is a 7/8" silver collar inscribed with presentation on a chestnut shaft that terminates with a 2/3" burnished brass ferrule. The overall length is 34" and with condition is very good with some very minor rub damage on the ear ends. It is possibly English, ca 1885, and it is a very nice example of the kind.

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A very nice wood parrot cane

Lot 49: A very nice wood parrot cane

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Description: A very nice wood parrot cane. The large, dark hardwood handle is 2" high and 2 1/3" at its widest. It depicts in very nice detail, a large parrot's head with yellow glass eyes, and a thick, curved beak. There is a 2/3" lined silver collar and oval gold eyelets on a malacca shaft the ends with a 1/2" worn down burnished brass ferrule. The overall length is 35 1/8"' and the condition is very good. It is perhaps American, ca 1860, and it is a very fine animal figural example in wood. Estimate: $650-$850

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A rare and important violin gadget cane

Lot 50: A rare and important violin gadget cane

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Description: A rare and important violin gadget cane. Made of mahogany, it has a tau handle that is 3" high and 6" long. When in use, the handle acts as a chin rest. By removing the handle from a friction fitting, a chamber is revealed where a mahogany bow is stored. When the ring fittings are slipped off, the cover can be removed revealing spruce sounding boards, strings and a wooden bridge. (This cane was originally sold by Tradewinds in our April 1996 auction. It was deaccessioned from a West Coast Museum where it had been displayed. The Museum indicated that the cane was similar to one in the Sterns Collection of Musical Instruments at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor that was labeled as made by Jerome Weiner, Markneukirchen, Germany, ca 1875.) This example has its original nickel fittings, ferrule and sounding boards. Many years ago, the long mahogany cover was professionally repaired and backed with linen, in order to stabilize a crack. The almost invisible repair still remains solid and intact. The overall length as a cane is 34 3/4" and the general condition is very good. It is a marvelous example that represents the very top of gadget cane collecting.

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A rock crystal cane encased in fancy silver overlay

Lot 51: A rock crystal cane encased in fancy silver overlay

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Description: A beautiful rock crystal cane encased in fancy silver overlay. The cylindrical rock crystal handle is 2 7/8" high and 2/3" across the top. It is encased in reticulated silver done in fancy "C" scrolling. The rock crystal sits on a 1/3" blown out silver base that is embossed and decorated in circles and foliate design. The entire handle makes a stunning presentation. The shaft is chestnut that ends with a 1 14" light horn ferrule. The overall length is 34 2/3" and the condition is excelent. It is perhaps Continental, ca 1900 and it is a splendid decorative example.

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