Ivory and Baleen Cane, 19th Century

Description
This light man’s cane is fashioned of round sections of whale ivory alternating with short sections of baleen. The sections gradually increase in circumference gradually towards the top of the cane, but cracks on all but three of the ivory pieces indicates that the cane might have been too light for daily use. Each horizontal band of baleen has a thin brass ring at top and bottom, and the handle ends in a simple, plain knob. The bottom ends in an uncovered ivory terminal.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cane, walking
date made
19th century
Physical Description
ivory, marine (overall material)
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 86.5 cm x 2.7 cm; 34 1/16 in x 1 1/16 in
associated place
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
ID Number
1994.0217.07
catalog number
1994.0217.07
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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