Sailors Scrimshaw Whalebone and Sperm Whale Tooth Walking Cane

A Fine Sailors Scrimshaw Whalebone and Sperm Whale Tooth Walking Cane the Knop Carved in the Form of a Turks-Head Knot the Eye for the Wrist Thong Inlaid with Baleen
Mid 19th Century
Size: 82cm long - 32¼ ins long
It was on the handle of a walking cane that the scrimshander usually lavished his greatest attention and to the sailor the symbol of the turks-head knot was a favourite device. This particular knot when worked with a logline will form a turban, and so was called a ‘turks-head’. They likened the endless knot with no seams or visible beginning or end, to love and so it became symbolic of interdependence and of a union. The spiral patterned shaft is turned to resemble the tusk of a narwhal, and is made from the white bone from the broad pan of the jaw of a younger sperm whale.

Sailors Scrimshaw Whalebone and Sperm Whale Tooth Walking Cane

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