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370. Brigg and Sons Walking Stick Cane Blue John Pommel 9ct Gold Collar London 1894
Superb Rare Polished Malacca Walking Cane of outstanding quality by Brigg & Sons, London.
The dark well veined Blue John pommel of generous size above a plain gold collar on a tapering shaft with original bone unusually long ferrule.
Mark of CC for Charles Cooke for BRIGG & Sons, London.
Fully hallmarked 9ct (375) Gold. London Assay mark for 1894.
Condition: Good condition with nice patination, few small character dents to gold collar, which has initials AB
*This is a stunning Walking Cane.
Length: 34" (86.5cm). Diameter: (ball grip) 2” (5cm).
Blue John Stone is a rare, semiprecious mineral found at only one location in the world - a hillside near Mam Tor, just outside Castleton in the Derbyshire Peak District National Park, England. The name Blue John derives from the French Bleu Jaune meaning Blue Yellow. It is a form of fluorite and was discovered as miners were exploring the cave systems of Castleton for lead.
Nowadays, the caves of Castleton are magnificent show caves and are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Derbyshire. Of the four show caves only Treak Cliff and, to a lesser extent, Blue John have veins of Blue John Stone. Treak Cliff Cavern still mines about 500 kilograms of Blue John Stone each year. The veins of Blue John Stone are easy to see and many of the formations are well lit. Blue John Stone is a semiprecious stone and gives Castleton its nickname of 'Gem of the Peaks'.