Ivory and Baleen Cane, 19th Century

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
cane, walking
date made
19th century
Physical Description
ivory, marine (overall material)
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
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
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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