Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1285: Art Nouveau Relief Cast and Carved Silver Cane

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Ornate Art Nouveau Relief Cast and Carved Silver and Antique Ivory Vine Motif Cane

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,500 - $2,500

Ornate Art Nouveau Relief Cast and Carved Silver and Antique Ivory Vine Motif Cane

Manufacturer: None
Model: None
Type: Other
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Catalog Page: 137
Class: Other
Bore Condition: -

Starting in the 16th Century, canes and walking sticks became extremely popular, first among royalty and nobility, and by the 19th and 20th Centuries having worked their way down to the middle classes as a symbol of status. This cane shows the distinct "art nouveau" style that was popularized by firms such as Tiffany & Co. around the turn of the 19th Century. The "L" shaped handling is a composite of relief carved antique ivory together with cast silver to form a tangle of vines all with cut or knotted ends, with some areas of the silver "cut away" to reveal the ivory within. In small lettering at the base of the handle is marked "SOLID SILVER", while the other side is marked "PAT. JAN, 5 96". The smooth shaft appears to be made of ebony and is tipped with mottled moderately toned horn that contrasts nicely with the dark ebony.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, the case silver and antique ivory showing an incredibly attractive slightly aged patina with minimal handling evidence, the shaft showing only the slightest handling marks, and very light wear on the horn tip. A beautiful functional art nouveau piece that would pair handsomely with a Tiffany embellished firearm!

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