Bamboo Cane with Carved Ivory Handle, late 19th-early 20th century

The lightweight shaft of this cane is made of bamboo, stained and lacquered to a glossy dark brown. The bottom is covered with a two-tone metal ferrule; the upper silver section is turned. A brass ring separates the shaft from the ivory handle, which has the bust of an unidentified mustachioed man with a round hat carved in high relief. Another ivory piece serving as the hand rest is fastened to the carved section at a 90-degree angle.
Currently not on view
Object Name
cane, walking
Physical Description
ivory, marine (handle material)
wood (shaft material)
shaft: 91 cm; 35 13/16 in
handle: 7.2 cm x 1.5 cm; 2 13/16 in x 9/16 in
associated place
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
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Cultures & Communities
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Estate of Lawrence N. Ravick, Pittsburgh PA
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