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Baleen Whalebone Walking Cane

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A Georgian walking cane wrapped spirally in two ribbons of baleen; the original 'whalebone'. The silver cap finely engraved with a monogram, 'W.R' and marked to the side in two stamps, 'STEINBERG' and 'PATENT'. Pierced beneath this cap for a lanyard and finished with a long steel tipped brass ferrule. 

English circa 1790.

34 7/8 inches long.

The German emigré, Georg Steinberg, developed a process of wrapping sticks and telescopes in baleen. Occasionally, as in this case, his canes have silver mounts stamped ‘Steinberg Patent’ although no patent was lodged in his name. Likely that this done in an effort to deter imitators. Steinberg seems also to have sold his product to contemporary telescope makers and they in turn to have updated the appearance of older instruments as several examples are known of his work adorning early 18th century telescopes. 



Item Code: 4353

£ 3500

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