Whalers Art, Ivory & Wood Walking Cane. Indian Ocean, circa 1880
The Sperm-whale ivory grip is 20 cm high x 4 cm to the side x 5,5 cm thick, it is artistically turned and carved in three segments: The upper one is pear-form with a baleen dot on the terrace, pursue for a second one with two carved rings, one of them is an octagonal shape junction ring, the third one is totally carved with octagonal shape. The shaft is made of whale ivory discs intercalated with three kind of exotic wood discs, one third of the shaft is octagonal shaped, then tapers-down on a cylindrical way. It has a 6 cm whale ivory tip and the O.L. is 89 cm. There are no chips or cracks on the ivory grip, some of the ivory discs have splits but no one is turning, some of them have a little make-up to dissemble the flaw, nevertheless, the condition is excellent.
The design and construction of this cane is inspired of those tall staffs, attribute of Portuguese governors at the 17th and 18th centuries in the South Asia colonies.