Tortoiseshell and Gold Presentation Walking Stick
Tortoiseshell and Gold Presentation Walking Stick Tortoiseshell and Gold Presentation Walking Stick Tortoiseshell and Gold Presentation Walking Stick Tortoiseshell and Gold Presentation Walking Stick
Tortoiseshell and Gold Presentation Walking Stick

Tortoiseshell and Gold Presentation Walking Stick

  • This cane was presented to a member of the United Service Club
  • Tortoiseshell veneer envelops this gold mounted walking stick
  • The United Service Club was an exclusive club for senior officers of the British Army and Royal Navy
  • Canes made of such luxurious materials are incredibly rare
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Item No. 30-6353
$8,850
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Exceptionally rare materials distinguish this exquisite walking stick, crafted of tortoiseshell and yellow gold. The stunning engraved handle and collar are both fashioned of fine yellow gold, which beautifully complements the tortoiseshell-veneered shaft. The handle is inscribed: “Colonel Hodgson's / United Service Club” with monogram and crest.

Among the most expensive of their time, tortoiseshell canes were very difficult to make. Created by what is today a lost art, tortoiseshell canes were made from the shell of the Caretta turtle. One shaft required the largest six pieces of the 13 natural plaques of one large turtle. The pieces had to come from a single animal, as each turtle had a unique grain. The lighter the color of the shell, the more appreciated it was. The art of manipulating tortoiseshell was discovered by the Chinese, who found that when heated, it could be easily molded and would hold a permanent shape. Today, the knowledge of handling tortoiseshell is almost completely lost, and only a few examples of this amazing art survive today.

36" length
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Period: 19th Century
Origin:England
Type:Decorative
Material:Tortoiseshell
Length:36 Inches
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