Here we have a beautiful French moss agate and enamel cane handle with four bands of silver overlay. Although apparently unmarked, I have never seen an example of this type of design which did not have either silver or gold mounts and/or overlay. It is hard for me to see where the marks could be struck with so little surface on which to do so. The smokey quartz handle has beautiful bands of varying shades of green, or, 'moss'. The white enamel band is set over an engine-turned, or guilloche backing. Three silver bands of garlands further enrich the enamel. For a reason we'll never know, the handle has been cut from it's mahogany shaft, possibly because of damage or breakage (used to thwart a robber or vicious animal ?). This style of handle was made in France around 1890 - 1910. The piece of onyx I used for presentation is available with the handle if you so desire. An elegant and beautifully designed handle for your collection.
Size : 3 1/4" (8.26 cm) Tall (excluding section of shaft) // 15/16" (2.38 cm) Upper Width // 11/16" (1.75 cm) Lower Width
Condition : A horizontal sliver of enamel loss just above the lower band. My photograph makes it look a lot worse than it actually is as it is barely visible (my camera has a magnifier for close-ups so everything looks exaggerated). I detect no fractures to the moss agate.
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