A whimsical Automaton, System Walking Cane. Austria, ca. 1890
The large fruitwood handle is 10 cm high x 11,5 cm to the side x 4 cm wide, it is marvelous fashioned as a Mallard Duck hidden inside water-plants, the color and texture of the wood have been extraordinarily used to camouflage the animal within the environment, it is coloured with a minimalist layer of green, (already worn due usage). When a wood-button, behind the stem of the plants is pushed, the sleeping duck arises and open its mouth as if it were ready to bite you, it livens up by two inset glass eyes. There is a woven leather-collar, it is on top of a hard-wood shaft ending with a brass ferrule. The OL is 87 cm. Perfect working condition with no cracks, only the wear of use, the condition is excellent. The detail of this exceptional composition is surprising and the combination of: art, have fun, function, and style have been achieved to the maximum.
The Mallard is a dabbling duck from the Americas, Eurasia, and North Africa. The male birds (drakes) have a glossy green head and are grey on the wings. This species is the main ancestor of most breeds of domesticated ducks. * Wikipedia.