Superb walking stick or cane with hand carved ivory dog's head. There is a decorative gilt metal piece between the head and the stick which I think is sterling as there is a tip on the bottom that is marked sterling and it is gilt also but the piece at the top is not marked. This cane is in excellent condition. I believe the dogs head is marine ivory or walrus tusk. This dog is really life like and well carved. He may be a Welsh Springer Spaniel, but I am not a dog expert so not sure.There is a buckle carved into the ivory at the top margin. The ivory has a great patina.I am not sure of the type of wood of this walking stick, but it is very sturdy and all in in excellent condition. The overall length of the stick is 34 1/2". The ivory piece is a bit over 3 1/2" long. I believe this piece dates circa 1890. Satisfaction guaranteed or money back. 3 day return privilege providing item returned in sent condition. Postage/insurance extra. New York residents pay sales tax unless resale certificate provided with valid sales tax number.