Bamboo Cane with Carved Ivory Handle, late 19th-early 20th century


The lightweight shaft of this cane is made of bamboo, stained and lacquered to a glossy dark brown. The bottom is covered with a two-tone metal ferrule; the upper silver section is turned. A brass ring separates the shaft from the ivory handle, which has the bust of an unidentified mustachioed man with a round hat carved in high relief. Another ivory piece serving as the hand rest is fastened to the carved section at a 90-degree angle.

Location: Currently not on view

Associated Place: United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Lawrence N. Ravick

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1994.0217.01Catalog Number: 1994.0217.01Accession Number: 1994.0217

Object Name: cane, walking

Physical Description: ivory, marine (handle material)wood (shaft material)Measurements: shaft: 91 cm; 35 13/16 inhandle: 7.2 cm x 1.5 cm; 2 13/16 in x 9/16 in


Record Id: nmah_1169113

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