Cane with Scrimshaw Handle, 20th Century

The shaft of this heavy cane is made of clear oak, ending at the bottom in a brass ferrule covered with a rubber cushion. The ferrule is stamped “STONEHOUSE”. At the top is a brass handle with a scrimshawed ivory panel on each side. On one side, two sailing ships (probably whalers) are leaving a harbor with a distinctive lighthouse on the right. The presence of a covered walkway between the house and the tower suggests a colder winter climate, but precise identification of the lighthouse is difficult. The other side depicts a whaleboat on the ocean attached with a line to a sounding (diving) whale, with the mother whaleship in the middle background. The brass top of the cane is engraved in cursive with the name “Lawrence N. Ravick”. A man by that name was a lawyer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1925-1994).
Currently not on view
Object Name
cane, walking
date made
20th century
Physical Description
ivory, marine handle (overall material)
wooden shaft (overall material)
metal (overall material)
shaft: 90.7 cm x 2.5 cm; 35 11/16 in x 31/32 in
handle: 9.7 cm; x 3 13/16 in
associated place
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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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