Ivory-Headed Wooden Cane, 19th Century

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This lightweight round tapered wooden cane is topped by a turned ivory knob, which was cracked on three sides and repaired. The knob is fastened to the cane by a screw countersunk in a metal washer. A little over an inch below the bottom of the ivory knob is a hole pierced through the shaft, possibly for a lanyard to hang it. The shaft is a light-colored stained wood, possibly oak. At the bottom end is a brass ferrule ending in a pointed steel tip. The sharp tip may indicate use as a winter cane, to pierce ice or snow on the street or sidewalk.
Currently not on view
date made
19th century
associated place
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
Physical Description
ivory, marine, handle (overall material)
wooden shaft (overall material)
overall: 90.5 cm x 3.4 cm; 35 5/8 in x 1 5/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Estate of Lawrence N. Ravick, Pittsburgh PA
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Cultures & Communities
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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