A very unusual and well carved folky wood cane with iron ferrule and silver band below handle, dense wood, rusty brown color, possibly a fraternal object, late 19th century, a fine example of folk art found in walking sticks, canes, and staffs.
Measures 25" high and 3 3/4" wide at handle, the carved section and handle at the top measure 4 3/4" the silver band is 1/2".
The entire staff is deeply carved with cross hatch design, with four animal figures around the handle area, more deep carving and circular design adorn the top part of the cane. The curved handle has carving near the end, and there is a silver color band around the top with incised designs. The designs appear to be symbolic, and some are not clear. Surface of cane has a varnish or lacquer finish.
Condition shows wear from use, the ferrule is iron and shows wear, there is wear to higher edges of the animal figures, some wear and abrasions visible throughout. No breaks or repairs. Keep in mind that canes or walking sticks like this were for aesthetic or social purposes only, and were never meant to bear weight as could be expected of a cane that is used as a support.
Wonderful and unusual cane for the serious collector, a charming piece of folk art.
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