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1869 Hand-Holding-Ball Ivory Figural Handle Walking Stick
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $2,350.00
This exquisitely crafted nineteenth-century walking stick has an ivory handle shaped like an arm from the elbow to the hand, holding a ball. A circular silver band beneath it reads "Rev J.T. McCollun, 1869." The shaft is of exceptionally high quality finished wood, and has two additional metal bands toward the bottom. Figural canes such as this example were a popular accessory of the well-dressed mid-nineteenth-century gentleman. It was very fashionable for the well-to-do to have the figural handle of canes custom tailored to reflect their personal interests. Today, these distinctive canes are highly desired among collectors, appreciated both as canes and as magnificently crafted works of art. While it is impossible to state with certainty that the ball being held is intended to be a baseball, its dimensions relative to the hand are consistent with that of a baseball. The fact that 1869 is such a significant year to the game of baseball (as it is the year of the first professional team) is a coincidental bonus. Extremely attractive and unique nineteenth-century walking stick of the highest quality. Excellent condition. Length: 33 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600 SOLD FOR $2,350.00
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