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.

Date Made: 19th century

Location: Currently not on view

Associated Place: United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Estate of Lawrence N. Ravick, Pittsburgh PA

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1994.0217.07Catalog Number: 1994.0217.07Accession Number: 1994.0217

Object Name: cane, walking

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-0ff4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1169119

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