I am not an expert, but I think this walking stick is likely from the 19th or the 20th Century, not the 18th.
In the late 18th Century walking sticks were made to be elaborate according to the aristocratic European fashion trends of that era.
Ordinary folks imitated the high style of aristocrats.
I would like to reiterate what Bernard Levine, an expert in cutlery history and moderator of several cutlery history and authentication forums likes to repeat:
Just because an old object was made in a rural area, does not mean that it was necessarily crudely made, without much attention to details and without extensive finish.
It is a modern fantasy that assumes that the in the “good old days, when life was simpler”, objects were crude and unfinished (“primitive”).
If anything, everyday objects of old were more elaborate than those mass produced today.
His advise to buyers of antique objects is to look at the objects, rather the accompanying paperwork, and to buy the item, not the story which comes with it.
Ethnic, folksy carved canes did not become a trend until the 19th century.
The way the name is inscribed on the stick is also done a typical 20th Century “folksy” way (a shaved down section on the side of the shank with the bark left on). The inscription is also done in a very modern way. In the 18th and 19th Centuries elaborate or at least “pretty” penmanship was paramount even for the lower classes of society.
Edited by littleknife, 03 July 2016 - 06:15 PM.