Remarkable and Curious Carved Wooden English Folk Art Travelers or Drovers Stick

A Remarkable and Curious Carved Wooden English Folk Art Travelers or Drovers Stick
The crooked stem well carved with numerous grotesque faces, fish, eels, fruit and sausages, etched with names and comments including: ‘Ipswich Nell’, ‘Live Eels’, ‘Red Herring’, ‘Old Peg’, ‘Black Currants’ above a carved bunch of them. ‘London Moll’, ‘Cherry Ripe’ and ‘Ripe Pears’ above a carving of four pears. ‘Colchester Sue’, ‘Norwich Tom’ and ‘Fresh Soles’ above a carving of a flat fish. ‘Old Ruth’, ‘Old Mike’, ‘New Mackerel’ and ‘Fresh Sausages’ above a carving of a string of four sausages.
Old smooth polished patina
19th Century
Size: 105cm long – 41¼ ins long
Made for defense as well as walking with this unusual cane is a reflection of the owner’s personality and the designs probably held important significance for the artist reflecting pivotal events and favourite allegiances. It could have been used as a cudgel, and for carrying a traveler’s belongings tied in a bundle bound to the crook of the stick, but it may have had no other original function than to occupy the maker and then to entertain the observer.

Remarkable and Curious Carved Wooden English Folk Art Travelers or Drovers Stick

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