The art nouveau movement began to take hold in the 1890s and continued until the start of the First World War. The movement is characterised by the use of modern materials and inspired by natural forms and movement, which is certainly shown in this cane. The extra large crook handle is carved out of antique ivory and is masterfully mounted with sinuous vines of sterling silver which evoke a reclamation by nature. The silver vines are secured with small tacks and flow from the tip of the handle and from a band around the handle where it meets the shaft, the band is engraved "GYC" and stamped "STERLING". The shaft is of a light hardwood with a mottled enamel finish giving it the look of a highly figured wood and appears to have once had a ferrule at the tip that is now absent.
Very good, the antique ivory showing an attractive aged appearance with a few scattered hairline cracks and secure, attractively aged silver mountings. The shaft is very good with some glue visible near the top silver mounting, and pinhole at the top, minimal handling evidence, and the absent ferrule.
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