26: A great ivory knot on carved whalebone cane
A great ivory knot on carved whalebone cane. Made of a single piece of tooth, the whale ivory handle is 2 1/4" high and 1 2/3" across the top. It depicts a carved sailor's turkshead or monkey's paw knot, skillfully hand-fashioned and pinned to the shaft. There is a 3/8" whale ivory separator on a whalebone shaft that is carved with 5 2/3" of saw-tooth and then angled fluting for 3 1/4". A 2" black horn and brass ferrule, perhaps a later addition, completes the piece. The overall length is 36 1/4" and the condition is very good, with natural tooth defects, ("pearls"), visible on one side of the handle. It is probably American, ca 1860, and it is a very fine nautical example. Estimate: $2500-$3500.