Scrimshaw Carved Marine Ivory Narwhal Tusk Walking Cane
Dated circa 1850s, a mid 19th Narwhal tusk has been made into a walking cane with the addition of marine ivory, hard wood and baleen.
The top of the cane is a Turks-head knot in marine ivory. The endless knot, with no seams or visible beginning or end was to the sailor an allegory of love and so became a symbol of interdependence and of marriage or union. Under the knot, the handle are bands of baleen, marine ivory and hard wood, a large band of diamond patterned marine ivory, before the turning spirals of the Narwhal tusk.
A superb and striking collectors cane.
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96cm Length 37.75in
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