Bone and Ivory Cane, 19th Century

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cane, walking
date made
19th century
Physical Description
ivory, marine (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 85.4 cm x 2.2 cm; 33 5/8 in x 7/8 in
associated place
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
ID Number
1994.0217.05
catalog number
1994.0217.05
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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