An earlier example with an iconographic hilt.
92 cm long
32 mm at top of knob
30 mm at top of cane
14.5 mm at bottom of cane
Silver, hardwood (probably zitan)
1890s to 1930s
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A beautiful Burmese walking stick, made of a piece of very dense black hardwood (probably Chinese zitan) that is carved in a spiral. It subtly tapers over its entire length, with each of its six facets being a slight hollow, raising the ridges, and narrowing as they reach the end. The work is very well done, and incredibly precise.
The knob is made of sheets of silver, worked in repousse, which were then soldered together. They show three female figures, I have yet been unable to identify them.
The very top is decorated with a plum blossom in a style reminiscent of Japanese work.
Dating & attribution
The silverwork is decisively Burmese, who had their "golden age" of silverwork around 1890 to the 1930s, the period from which this walking stick most likely dates.
Overall in good condition. Some minor chips to the wood, a larger piece missing at the very bottom. The silver is patinated to a blueish hue, with only some of the solder remaining a more bright silver. This will all polish up to a brighter silver, but as the local tradition is to let these items acquire a natural tarnish, I have not polished it in the European fashion.
A beautiful Burmese walking stick with a nice repousse silver knob on a very nicely carved, heavy black hardwooden stick.
I'm only selling it because I am not in need of a cane yet!
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A rare set of twin knives in a single scabbard.
With intricately carved ivory hilt depicting a demon on a horse.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
Covered almost entirely in very fine "sadeli" marquetry that is associated primarily with Gujarat.