A 19TH CENTURY HORN HANDLED WALKING STICK formed as a dogs head mounted on a stepped malacca shaft 86cm overall together with
This superb antique horn and malacca walking cane dates from circa 1890.
The walking stick features a splendidly carved horn pommel in the form of a greyhound with a cast bronze collar with floral and foliate decoration and a sturdy Malacca tapering shaft.
A truly beautiful piece that would make a fine addition to any antique collection.
In excellent condition with signs of use commensurate with age, as seen in the accompanying photographs, the stick displays beautifully.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 87 x Width 10 x Depth 3
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot, 10 inches x Width 4 inches x Depth 1 inch
rare and exotic also known as “King of canes” was the most commonly used material in making the cane shafts where the standard grip was rounded and metallic. Today, designer and collector canes have sterling silver handles, and are made with wooden shafts made from various woods, including Malacca and bamboo.
Ornate designs, such as animal heads, skulls, and various emblems may also be carved into the wooden handles; these may make them harder to wield, but some find them more attractive.
Malacca is one species of rattan found on the coast of Sumatra. Rattan palms have long, slender stems, and were perfect for fashioning walking sticks. The stem is not round, but has a ridge or spine, often called a “teardrop,” running along its length. It is very light-weight, yet strong, with no two specimens being alike. The stem is made up of links with joints or nodes at both ends like bamboo. The bark is strong, with what appears to be a satiny, natural gloss or surface glaze. Color varies from brown to blond or reddish amber.
Our reference: A1762a