Antique Hallmarked 1896 9Ct Gold Jonathan Howell Walking Stick/Cane W/Carved Top
This antique walking stick/cane features a repousse hallmarked London 1896 9 carat gold collar by renown maker Jonathan Howell with his makers mark J.H alongside the gold hallmarks
The collar has an inscribed cartouche with reads
'I H' ?
The cane has a hand-carved faux ivorine handle
With a malacca cane shaft with the addition of a bovine horn ferrule end, ready for use
The cane measures 85cm tall with a 2cm diameter shaft and a 12.5cm diameter handle top
The cane weighs 290 grams
Early in the 20th century, Malacca was referred to as the “King of Canes.” Malacca is one species of rattan (Calamus Ascipionum) found on the coast of Sumatra. Rattan palms have long, slender stems, and were perfect for fashioning walking sticks. The stem is not round, but has a ridge or spine, often called a “teardrop,” running along its length. It is very light-weight, yet strong, with no two specimens being alike. The stem is made up of links with joints or nodes at both ends like bamboo, but is not hollow like bamboo. The bark is strong, with what appears to be a satiny, natural gloss or surface glaze. Color varies from brown to blond or reddish amber.
Good condition collar has been restored previously. hairline splits to the top.