This is a very well patinaed, aged, antique, full bone walking stick, segmented and carved in the likeness of bamboo. The actual segments are long, but connected, not able to be unscrewed, as is the case with other ivory walking sticks I have seen. The “bamboo” sections are each about one inch long, with about five per segment. The handle, or top of the cane, is carved with inlaid ebony eyes into what would appear to be a dog’s head, as opposed to a tiger or some other form of jungle cat. The back of the head is carved with a diamond pattern.
The cane is very solid and stable, probably with a metal rod running through it. It is 36” long and 1 ½” at its thickest, just below the handle. It weighs almost one and three-quarters pounds. The wear and color are indicative of great age; the bone has varying degrees of tone and pitting, with only small cracking that is totally sealed and very old.
The handle is a slightly different, lighter shade of bone, obviously a separate piece than what was used to carve the length of the cane. It has a crack which is also completely sealed and very old. There are no defects or damages neither to the head nor to the rest of the cane. It is a fine antique piece, once having belonged to a wealthy man or possibly a maharajah in South India, and now available to collectors of the most unusual walking sticks.
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