70: A scarce French sunscreen or firescreen cane
A wonderful and scarce French sunscreen or firescreen cane. The silver knob handle is 1 2/3" high and 1" in diameter and there are French hallmarks. The handle unscrews to access a round, 8" stiff linen sunscreen with floral painting. It ingeniously withdraws and unfolds by use of an ivory knob drawing it out of a white tube. The mechanics require care because of antiquity but they work perfectly. (Ladies employed such items when they sat in front of open fireplaces in order to protect delicate complexions. They were also used as sunscreens when outdoors. A similar piece is on the cover of Dike's Cane Curiosa and examples are shown on page 185.) The shaft is dark bamboo that ends with a 1" brass and iron ferrule. The overall length is 36 1/2" and the condition is very good, with some very light wear on the edges of the screen. It is ca 1900 and it is a very fine example of the type. Estimate: $2500-$3500.