Rare Antique Elephant Head Camel Silver Riding Whip Switch Crop Leather
This Rare Antique Crop/ Switch/Whip is an example of the finest craftsmanship combined with an unusual and fascinating design.
The workmanship is tight and experienced. The hand-sewn leather elephant element is rare. The leather body is comprised of black and tan leather, tightly braided and is designed to be the elephants trunk. For reinforcement there are (4), tightly wound copper wire stations, 3 near the bottom and one larger station right below the elephant head.
The handle is made of black wood, with striking, highly detailed and beautiful 800 (possibly higher silver content) silver work. There are a total of (5) silver enhancements. The bottom silver design (endcap) is the largest and is deep-set with a round red glass stone. Please note that I have not polished the silver on this crop. If you wish to polish the silver it will produce a high shine. There is also a hole to thread rawhide or other materials to be able to hang the whip. I don’t see any markings as to silver content.
A leather elephant head circles the round top knob. It’s done in dark brown leather and hand-stitched with tan colored leather to the handle. There is approximately 1/2” of missing leather in this area.
This Whip is Museum Quality and would be the focal point of any antique collection.
The Crop is indicative of The Middle East and China. Bushkazi, Buzkazi and Buzkashi are the same name for THE CENTURIES-OLD CENTRAL Asian Sport. The game of Buzkashi seems to have originated in Afghanistan (played in many Middle Eastern Countries) where it is still the country's national sport. Legend has it that the game was first invented centuries ago when Afghan tribes would gallop up on horseback to steal a rival tribe's goats from their flock, switch in hand.
The top of handle which is encircled with leather is missing 5 wound rounds.
SIZE: OA LENGTH: 31 1/2": SILVER HANDLE.
CIRCA: Late 1800's to early 1900.
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