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Six Edwardian and Later Specialty Walking Sticks

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Scent-Bottle Walking Stick, with "T" handle formed of two paneled ruby glass scent bottles set end-to-end, with brass caps and mount, malacca shaft and horn tip, l. 35-1/2".

Corkscrew Walking Stick, with Chinese export silver crop handle, by Wang Hing of Canton and Shanghai, decorated with a dragon and unscrewing to reveal a corkscrew, with a painted bamboo shaft and pewter tip, l. 36".

Pyx Walking Stick, with sterling silver viaticum-type pyx pommel handle, hallmarked London, 1977, with rope-twist rim and the lid engraved with the Agnus Dei, unscrewing to reveal a compartment with small stoppered glass chalice, the underside inscribed "In Memory of Thomas Estlin Pritchard Vicar 1943-1954", with malacca shaft and horn tip, l. 35".

Bird Call Walking Stick, with brass four-note (A, G, F, E) sliding tube whistle, with ebonized wood shaft and horn tip, l. 36".

Marian Devotional Walking Stick, with brass straight handle engraved with Marian monogram and swiveling to reveal a figure of the Madonna and unscrewing to reveal a vial for holy water, with striped part-ebonized shaft and horn tip, l. 35-3/4".

Tippler's Walking Stick, with copper pommel handle unscrewing to reveal a small wine glass, and lower ferrule unscrewing to reveal a glass wine vial with cork stopper, with malacca shaft and horn tip, l. 35".


Provenance: Estate of John Elliot Bradshaw, Houston, Texas.

Notes: The pyx walking stick here was made shortly after the death of Fr. Thomas Estlin Prichard (1910-1975) and in his memory as noted, presumably by the congregation at Boxley where he served as Vicar from 1943 to 1954; he was serving as Archdeacon of Maidstone at the time of his death.

Condition

SCENT BOTTLE: Scattered scratches and fleabites to glass, with a slightly larger tiny chip at one end. Brass screw caps with shallow dents/dings and different in decoration, perhaps to distinguish between liquids. Malacca shaft with minor scattered surface scuffs. CORKSCREW: In good condition. Corkscrew intact. PYX: In good condition. BIRD CALLING: Whistle and shaft in good condition. Tip is BRASS and split on one side. MARIAN DEVOTIONAL: Brass swiveling top with 1/4" dia. dent on top. The interior cap appears to be aluminum with some oxidation and is stamped: "KARTRO". This cap is frozen in place on the lift-out glass vial (which is now open and lacking its bottom). TIPPLER: Interior glass slightly irregular appearing to be hand-blown. The vial not removable, the cork shorn off at the lip with the center hole now opening to the glass void. Malacca shaft with scattered surface scuffs.

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Six Edwardian and Later Specialty Walking Sticks

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800Jul 28, 2018