Bone and Ivory Cane, 19th Century

This short, elegant cane is fashioned of only three pieces. Two long, tapered round pieces of bone (whale?) are securely fastened together in the middle; the handle is a single uncarved porpoise tooth. Measuring only 33-1/2 in. long and in almost perfect condition, this light, highly polished cane may have belonged to a woman or child.
Currently not on view
Object Name
cane, walking
date made
19th century
Physical Description
ivory, marine (overall material)
overall: 85.4 cm x 2.2 cm; 33 5/8 in x 7/8 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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