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 unique piece is a prime example of that with the grip expertly relief carved in the form of an exceptionally detailed horse's head, which may have been meant to represent an owner's prized racehorse. The horse has yellow glass eyes and is fitted with a silver bridle of great, delicate detail, including a collar-like band joining it to the hooked grip. The shaft appears to be of Malacca with remnants of a darker finish applied to the grip area and tipped with horn and an additional silver band. It measures 32 3/8 inches overall.
Fine, the horse head showing some mild wear and some scattered light handling marks. The grip area/shaft are also fine with some mild wear on the grip area and some scattered light flaking and handling marks.
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