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Cane carved with snake, hearts, hand, more
19th c. cane with snake, hearts,
hand, secret compartment
Whimsy carved staff
Whimsy carved staff with animals

Bird stick
Cane or umbrella holder
Cane or
umbrella holder

Intricately Painted cane
Metal parade torch
Metal parade torch

Cane carved with snake, hearts, hand, more This is an exceptional folk art walking stick, carved in detail all over with unique decoration. It even has a secret compartment. The cane was likely made in the late 1800's and is in excellent condition with a very good original dark surface. It measures 35 1/4" long by about 2" by 1 3/4". Take a look at the photos to see how well it was done.

Following is a list of some of the decorative carving. A knob handle with a spiral shaft below; a horseshoe with triangle set in; the secret compartment with sliding closure; a hand with fingers; a half moon and flower; a flower plant with leaves; deep oblong pyramids; a long snake; two hearts with leaves; conical pyramids with old round tacks on the peaks; other round tacks as decoration, a pocket knife (probably representing the one used); and even other elements not noted. It has a brass tip. Overall this is a rare and wonderful folk art piece. The price is $875.00. Inventory Code: CCSA.   See a slideshow of several views [540 k] ... Walking stick carved with snake, hearts, hand, more ... Closeups of the upper half ... More closeups of the upper half ... Closeups of the middle ... Closeups of the bottom ... Closeups of the knife ... Closeups of the hearts ... Closeup of the hand, snake's head ... The compartment open ... From above and below ... Closeups from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Walking stick carved with snake, hearts, hand, more ... Closeups of the upper half ... More closeups of the upper half ... Closeups of the middle ... Closeups of the bottom ... Closeups of the knife ... Closeups of the hearts ... Closeup of the hand, snake's head ... The compartment open ... From above and below ... Closeups from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Whimsy carved staffThis is a large staff with two carved animal heads at the top and three sections of whimsy carved captured balls in cages. The piece is about 58" high with a 2" diameter for the shaft. The top section was likely the roots and is how it grew, which left places for stylized faces and horns. Eyes are carved in one of the faces. In the sections of cages, from top to bottom, are 2, 1, and 5 crudely carved balls that are free to move. The staff is made from a piece of hard pine. It is finished with varnish, much of which has worn, with some turning lighter. The condition is good, with the worn varnish and some age splits. The age is unknown. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: TRSH.   See a slideshow of several views [727k] ... Whimsy carved staff ... Closeup of the top ... Two more closeups of the top ... More closeups ... Other angles ... Two more closeups ... Closeup of the caged balls ... More closeups of the middle section ... Closeups of the bottom end ... Closeup from above ... From above and below ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Whimsy carved staff ... Closeup of the top ... Two more closeups of the top ... More closeups ... Other angles ... Two more closeups ... Closeup of the caged balls ... More closeups of the middle section ... Closeups of the bottom end ... Closeup from above ... From above and below ... With a yardstick for scale.

NOTE: The canes below came from the collection of Herbert Hemphill, the noted folk art collector.

This is an old, circular, wooden cane holder or umbrella stand. It was made as an octagon from 8 pieces of hardwood pieced and mortised together which were then turned on a lathe so it is round on the outside. It was then fixed to a turned base. All of this was finished with a very dark varnish, which has darkened more with age. This piece is in very good condition with some wear in the varnish, and stands 19" high with and outer diameter of 10" on top and 12" across the base. The opening is about 8". The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: ARPT.   Wooden cane holder ... The other side ... From above ... Closeup of base ... Another angle ... Bottom.

Here is a nice, simple, attractive hand carved cane which was then painted a deep reddish brown with fine black striping. It has a metal ferrule on the tip with the number 908 painted on in white. It has been used, but is in very good, sturdy condition with only a little wear. It seems to be about 60 or 70 years old, and is 35" long. The price is $55.00. Inventory Code: ARPC.   Carved, painted cane ... Closeups of detail ... Other side of top.

This is a weird little cane carved like a bird with a long neck and foot. It is made from wood and has been covered with something like hardened cheesecloth which has then been painted. This seems to be unused as a walking stick, and is really more of a decorative piece. It is not new, but probably not too old - maybe 1970's or so? It has nice texture, form and color, and is almost 27" long. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: ARAA.   Cane carved with bird head and foot ... Closeup of head ... Closeup other side.

This is a very strange metal and wood contraption. We believe it was used as a parade torch or flambeau. It looks like an old (possibly) oil can was attached to a metal holder with forked swing arms. A wood round "handle"? was inserted in the end. The metalwork is attractive, and it is unusual and decorative. (It was formerly displayed on a wall). This piece is old, probably early 1900's and in good shape. It is 33" long.The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: ARPH.   Overall image ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Fifth closeup ... From above ... Metalwork detail of handle ... From below.

 

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