Beginning in approximately the 16th century, canes gradually became more popular among the upper echelons of society, reaching its pinnacle around the late-19th to early-20th centuries. They became far more than just an accessory to assist with mobility, and more of a symbol of ones status and wealth. This example would have been a very fitting piece for a worldly gentleman, with the grip displaying gold Damascene inlays such as those popularized in Toledo, Spain. The hooked grip is blued with some gentle fluting and extensive gold Damascene patterns featuring floral and border motifs. The smooth hardwood shaft is tipped with dark horn. It measures 36 inches overall.
Fine, retains most of the blue and gold finishes with a light speckling of brown patina scattered throughout. The shaft is very good with a few scattered light scuffs and handling marks and a couple moderate insect holes in the tip.
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