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.
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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