22: A porcelain character cane of Mephistopheles
A very nice porcelain character cane of Mephistopheles. The painted porcelain handle is 1 3/4" high and 1 1/4" at its widest. It depicts in very nice detail, the smiling face of Mephistopheles complete with his devil horns. (He tempted Faust to lose his soul in the popular Gounod opera.) There is a 7/8" ringed brass snake collar on a black hardwood shaft with a 3/4" horn ferrule. The overall length is 36" and the condition is very good. It is perhaps Meissen since they made a variety of such character handles around the turn of the 20th Century. Estimate: $1000-$1500.