Presentation Cane with Philatelic Dealer's Address Attribution. Physical address Identified as "The Morton Building."
This stretch of Nassau Street, including this Building, was full of Stamp Dealers and was known as "The Wall Street of the Stamp World" starting in 1860 up to the 1970's.
Morton Building 116 Nassau Street, New York.
Cane's Engraved Plaque Reads as Follows :
"Thomas Shiels To Lewis Hurst 116 Nassau St. N.Y. Nov 4, 1904".
I think the wood is "Blackthorn Bush" which has been prized for centuries from either Ireland or the British Isles for beauty and strength. Complete with the Burl Type Handle area formed customarily from the Angled Root Ball which has grown protruding out of an embankment.
A Folk Art Categorical Cane with the original Varnished Tree Bark remaining on the Shaft !
This Presentation Cane was definitely a Historic occasion between the 2 parties since the exact date is given. Possibly commemorating a Retirement or a Meritorious Thank You Gift.
Measures 34 inches High. Oval Plaque is 1 3/4 inches Long and 3/4 inches Wide. Weighs 8.8 Ounces.
Overall Condition is Very Nice with normal Varnish wear on natural knurled grip top & bottom metal tip from use.
There was one other remote office listing for the same address : De Mola Color & Chem Co, Inc. 116 Nassau St New York City,NY. (probably a short term office lease with no further info.)
Source : web site named "Heritage Research Center Ltd."
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