An Exceptionally Fine Quality Late Nineteenth Century Stylish Hand Carved Irish Bog Oak Lady’s or Gentleman’s Walking Stick.
The unusual Sterling Silver decorative grip above a carved shaft depicting Irish Shamrocks, a Scottish Thistle and an English Rose. Complete with its original bi-metal ferrule.
Condition: Exceptional condition for such an early example, good overall patination. Silver marks are a little rubbed. Lovely straight usable Stick, ferrule is a little worn.
Assay Silver Mark: Birmingham 1885.
Length: (entire) 36.25” (92cm). Length of carved area: 13.25” (33.5cm).
Location: Dublin City, Ireland.
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Irish Bog Oak wood is a rare timber which is excavated from deep underground, usually as a by-product of turf cutting, or when bog land is drained for agricultural use. The wood varies in age, usually ranging between 2,000 and 6,000 years old. The wood has been preserved due to the unique conditions of the Turf bogs in Ireland which waterlog the wood and keep it free from oxygen and sunlight which would cause it to decay. The chemistry of the Bog also reacts with the wood and transforms it's colour. Bog Oak is usually jet black, but occasionally a very dark brown. Throughout the Nineteenth Century and later many decorative items such as small furniture, Writing Slopes, Book Slides and Ladies Jewellery were produced, always with distinctive hand carved Irish subjects. This is a really superb Walking Cane offered in good condition.