This unique "pique" style of cane was popular in England for a relatively short time from the 1680s to the very early 1700s, brought there by Huguenots fleeing religious persecution on the continent. It is theorized that this style of cane were all manufactured in a handful of shops, or possibly even by one individual. While not as elaborate as some pieces, this example appears to have been built for function and everyday carry, whilst also projecting the wealth and social status of the one carrying it. The knob shaped antique ivory grip has been beautifully inlaid with small silver pins/tacks, which have been arranged in vine and floral patterns. There is a hole through the grip for fitting of a lanyard. The grip is fitted to a thick, sturdy Malacca shaft, the tip of which is sleeved with brass. It measures 36 3/4 inches overall.
Fine, the grip having some scattered short hairline age cracks and the silver inlays showing an attractively aged patina. The shaft is very good with some scattered minor handling marks throughout.
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