45: An 18th Century English Ivory Pique Pomander Cane
A great 18th Century English ivory pique pomander cane. The knob handle is 2 1/8" high and 1 1/4" in diameter. The top is decorated with a scalloped circle of silver pique and there are holes for sniffing internal contents. The top unscrews to reveal a round receptacle for holding a bit of wool or cloth that could be soaked with a concoction of healing herbs. The perimeter and the sides of the handle are decorated with pique loops. (Early physicians would often sniff their pomander cane tops to ward off illness when visiting the sick. There is a humorous early Hogarth print that depicts such a scene, shown on page 230 of Dike's Cane Curiosa.) The shaft is malacca with round silver eyelets that ends with a 1 2/3" ivory ferrule. (The shaft is probably a 19th Century replacement.) The overall length is 39 1/2" and the condition is very good. The pique pomander handle is ca 1715 and the piece is part of the collection of Dr. Lawrence Pinkner. Estimate: $5000-$7000.