The Wallace Collection

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Walking staff
  • Walking staff
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1640
  • Steel, silver and ivory (possibly mammoth).
  • Length: 128.5 cm
    Weight: 0.58 kg
  • A1030
  • European Armoury III
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  • Walking staff, of ivory, circular in section, the top carved with the head of a priest wearing a biretta; one of the four ridges on top is missing; ferrule of silver with a steel bud shaped terminal. Except for the head, which is separate, the staff has been cut from one tusk of ivory and is remarkable for its length of over forty-six inches. It may have been that of a mammoth.

    Probably Italian, about 1640.

    Provenance: G. Laurent of 54 Palais-Royal, Paris (Une canne en ivoire, 300 fr.); receipted bill, 1 February, 1867; Comte de Nieuwerkerke.