This is an incredibly beautiful Victorian presentation cane made with stylish ebony wood and a spectacular 14 karat gold, hand-chased handle.
For centuries, gentlemen have carried walking sticks as a symbol of their social standing. By the 18th century, the custom of presenting a person with a finely crafted cane to commemorate an event or achievement had become widely practiced.
This extraordinary antique cane dates from the early Victorian era, and exhibits absolutely stunning craftsmanship.
The shaft is made of rich, black ebony wood. This variety of African ebony is wonderfully substantial, and exhibits the occasional grey streak.
The shaft of this cane is extremely dark and complements the dazzling shine of the 14 karat gold handle beautifully.
As you can see, the handle has been embellished with a remarkable amount of fine, hand-chasing. Each graceful pattern and design has been hammered into the metal by hand.
This is incredible considering the enormous amount of fine detail in the pattern.
Gorgeous 14 karat yellow gold gives the handle true elegant appeal. There are some very small maker's marks stamped into the metal near the base of the collar.
The first of these is a "2" within a circle followed by "49A". An unidentified maker's mark can be seen between these other two.
The very top of the handle features an inscription which reads "Pres'd [Presented] to E.C.U. by Wife". We can only assume that the recipient of the cane was an accomplished individual indeed.
There are some very small dents at the top of the cane and a slight looseness to the gold top, as well as some light surface scratching. The ferrule and tip are exposed as there is no metal casing, though these do not appear to have suffered any excessive wear or damage.
Overall, the cane remains in very good antique condition.
Measurements: Shaft is 33" long (35 ½" long w/ handle), Handle is 2 ½" long and 1 5/8" in diameter at top Weight: 1lb