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#1 Lakesboy

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Posted 14 August 2016 - 11:17 PM

Hi everyone, I wonder if you can help me out? A couple of years ago I started to collect walking canes, and recently I bought an antique cane with a silver collar, and from the hallmark it was shown to be made about 1905. I am fairly sure that the shaft is made of some type of wood, but I might be wrong. I have downloaded an image of the shaft to show you all. As you will see it resembles a series of blisters, but is extremely attractive. Does any kind person have any idea what it is?image.jpg

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 12:55 AM

Are you sure it's wood? What do the ends look like? How much does it weigh. I'm thinking it might be a type of cactus plant.


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Posted 15 August 2016 - 03:01 PM

Hi mehig
Many thanks for your reply. Are there varieties of cacti that are strong and rigid enough to be used as a stick, because you could be correct. One of my friends has suggested that the stick is actually a tree root? But in truth when I've had a good look at the end of the stick, it doesn't look too much like wood. The stick is actually quite light, being just 290g.
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Posted 15 August 2016 - 05:09 PM

I was at an antique show yesterday and saw an unusual stick. It appeared to be three round strips of rawhide tightly twisted around a steel rod. It gave the appearance of a twisted stick but was much too regular to be that. Then it had a horn handle that was carved to match the twist.

 

The rawhide was almost black and gave the appearance of wood.



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Posted 15 August 2016 - 07:00 PM

Many thanks for the reply. I've downloaded a few more images to show more detail of the stick
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Posted 15 August 2016 - 10:07 PM

Nice looking stick!

Do a search for date palm sticks.  They're made using the stalks that the dates grow on.  It looks very similar to them though I was thinking the bumps are more neatly arranged on those.

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 10:13 PM

I was at an antique show yesterday and saw an unusual stick. It appeared to be three round strips of rawhide tightly twisted around a steel rod. It gave the appearance of a twisted stick but was much too regular to be that. Then it had a horn handle that was carved to match the twist.

 

The rawhide was almost black and gave the appearance of wood.

That sounds a lot like a bull penis stick.  They're still being made.

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 02:42 AM

Many thanks for the reply. I've downloaded a few more images to show more detail of the stick
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Al

I'm thinking the "blisters" are where the thorns were located when it was alive


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#9 Lakesboy

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 09:30 PM

Hi again mehig
You might be right with your idea of the cane being a thorn stem. I have however yet to find on the Internet, a stem with such blisters. I will keep looking.
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Posted 18 August 2016 - 01:20 AM

Hi again mehig
You might be right with your idea of the cane being a thorn stem. I have however yet to find on the Internet, a stem with such blisters. I will keep looking.
Regards
40 years ago in Belize I saw a similar walking stick that belonged to a Belizian fisherman with a bone handle. I've been searching online for a picture as well...no joy!    http://davesgarden.c.../pf/go/66650/#b

 


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