Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1216: Relief Carved Antique Ivory Standing Woman Cane

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Attractive Relief Carved Antique Ivory Standing Woman Cane

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,250

Attractive Relief Carved Antique Ivory Standing Woman Cane

Manufacturer: None
Model: None
Type: Other
Item Views: 271
Item Interest: Average
Catalog Page: 174
Class: Other

As far as fashion accessories are concerned, there was likely nothing more widespread and popular among the upper classes during the 19th and 20th centuries than a cane, except perhaps a pocket watch. Canes and pocket watches both became symbols of status and wealth, whether they be plain and simple for a working man, or elaborate and ornate for a wealthy gentleman. This example is certainly that of the latter, with the antique ivory grip being elaborately relief carved in the form of a standing woman carrying a basket and wearing a bonnet, which may represent the original owner's wife or lover. The grip is joined to the shaft with what appears to be a silvered brass band with a woven knot style pattern and the shaft is ebonized and tipped with dark horn.

Rating Definition:

Fine, the grip showing an attractively aged color, and few hairline age cracks, and some light wear. The silver shows an attractively aged patina and the shaft has a few scattered minor dings.

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