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Bone and Ivory Cane, 19th Century

Bone and Ivory Cane, 19th Century

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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.
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Object Name
cane, walking
date made
19th century
associated place
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
Physical Description
ivory, marine (overall material)
overall: 85.4 cm x 2.2 cm; 33 5/8 in x 7/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Estate of Lawrence N. Ravick, Pittsburgh PA
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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