Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Marine Ivory and Whalebone Walking Cane

A Fine Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Marine Ivory and Whalebone Walking Cane
The shaft carved with cross-hatching and spirals to resemble the tusk of a Narwhal. The sperm whale tooth handle carved as a Turks-head knot
Mid 19th Century
Size: 86.5cm long – 34 ins long
The Turks-head knot as well as being decorative was also very practical where a large knot was required on board ship. When worked with a long-line the knot will form a turban and so became known as the ‘Turkshead’. The endless knot, with no seams or visible beginning or end was to the sailor an allegory of love and so became a symbol of interdependence and of marriage or union.
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Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Marine Ivory and Whalebone Walking Cane

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