Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 164: Relief Carved Antique Ivory Lobster Claw Cane

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,700 - $2,500

Relief Carved Antique Ivory Lobster Claw Cane

Manufacturer: None
Model: None
Type: Other
Item Views: 355
Item Interest: Average
Catalog Page: 185
Class: Other

Canes reached the pinnacle of their popularity, especially among the gentry and upper echelons of society, in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, becoming far more than just a mobility tool, but rather a statement piece to project one's social status and wealth. This attractive cane certainly checks those boxes, having been masterfully carved by a skilled artisan, and in the form of a lobster claw, an animal which has been prized as a delicacy through various times in history in cuisine from around the world. The antique ivory grip is carved in the shape of a lobster claw grasping what appears to be a shrimp. The hardwood shaft has an ebonized finish and is tipped with brass. It measures 33 5/8 inches overall.

Rating Definition:

Very good, the handle showing a few hairline age cracks and an attractively aged color, with a small gap between the grip and shaft. The shaft retains most of the ebonized finish with some minor handling marks scattered throughout and an uneven wear pattern on the tip.

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