This stunning antique cane is a beautiful example of Indian craft at the height of the British Empire.
The cane dates from the late 19th century and features a unique and elegant amalgam of European style combined with Eastern Indian tradition.
The shaft is made of a single piece of sturdy Malacca wood. The wood is beautifully oxidized and boasts a rich, dark finish.
The handle and decorative band are made of luxurious sterling silver and feature incredible and unique craftsmanship.
The piece has been professionally tested to ensure the purity of the silver.
Classic Hindi figures adorn the handle around the sides while the top and base are embellished with hand-hammered texturing.
The Hindi figures (which are also hand-chased) are pictured in a sitting position with folded legs while each wears a classic Indian ensemble with a feathered turban.
The base of the handle features a hand-stamped maker's mark which reads "2-8".
The European influence is evident in the "belt buckle" accent about four inches below the handle.
This stylish decoration is rendered in sterling silver and truly does resemble a buckled belt.
Silver-tone metal and cast iron make up the ferrule at the base of the shaft.
As you can see, the sterling silver exhibits a fair amount of oxidization and darkening while the Malacca shaft shows a few small areas of wear and light chipping.
However, the cane remains in good antique condition overall.
This cane is a must-have for collectors of antiquities from the British Raj.
Measurements: 32 5/8" tall, Handle is 2 1/4" tall and 1 7/16" in diameter at top, Buckle is 3/8" wide, Ferrule is 1 1/2" long, Shaft is 1" wide at top tapering to 5/8" wide at bottom Weight: 9.5 oz