Ivory-Headed Wooden Cane, 19th Century

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cane, walking
date made
19th century
Physical Description
ivory, marine, handle (overall material)
wooden shaft (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 90.5 cm x 3.4 cm; 35 5/8 in x 1 5/16 in
associated place
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
ID Number
1994.0217.04
catalog number
1994.0217.04
accession number
1994.0217
subject
Cultures & Communities
Scrimshaw
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Scrimshaw
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Estate of Lawrence N. Ravick, Pittsburgh PA
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