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Antique Conductor's Baton with Sterling Mounts and Original Case
If only this old silver tipped baton could talk... it might tell you about playing at Carnegie Hall in NYC, or maybe the Palace in the early days of Vaudeville.. if only. Sigh.
Built of wood, possibly ebony, with Sterling Sliver mounts that display repousse and chased work. The middle mount has never been engraved with initials as many are... lucky you! The fitted case is leather covered wood, lined in gold velvet, and bears a label made of old woven adhesive tape with a name, perhaps A J Laurence (?), and the year 1903.
This wonderful old piece differs from Swagger Sticks which have a slightly bulbous top and are generally a bit longer, but it could certainly stand-in in a pinch. Tuck it under your arm and survey the 'back 40'... master of your domain... it really feels quite natural to carry it this way... lol.
CONDITION is very nice. The case shows expected wear and the clasps function although you do need to close it in a mindful way to make sure the clasps meet properly. There is one small, stable, split (no wobble) at the edge of the center sterling mount which I only noticed in the larger-than-life photo, not something that affects its function. The baton measures 16 3/16" long, the case 17 5/16". All three silver stations are marked "STERLING" with only one mark being shown in the photographs. I would guess it is American since the silver bears no hallmarks or maker's marks. Circa the turn of the 19th C into the 20th C.
A fine piece for a collector, these are more usually found without their fitted cases so it's nice that this piece has retained its original velvet lined box. Enjoy!
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