Antique Irish Blackthorn Shillelagh Walking Cane | Early 1900s?
Here we have an antique Irish Blackthorn Shillelagh walking cane with an ornate sterling silver band. Thorns are everywhere on the shaft of this Irish walking stick, and topped with a thimble ferrule. The old Irish gent (my assumption) who found this blackthorn out in the woods must've been excited when he did. The grip and angle of the stick just feels right. When you look down the can the thorns seem to be perfectly aligned. He thought so highly of it that he wrapped a sweet silver design near the handle. He obviously took many walks down a misty road because the blackthorn bark is almost completely worn off on the handle.
The antique Shillelagh cane comes out of a Twin Cities collector's estate containing many unusual folk art items. His walking canes grabbed me immediately. My guess is the stick was made sometime in the early 1900s but it might be earlier.
The shaft of the cane measures just under 36" and about 1/2" thick. The handle measures about 5". The folk art cane is quite light. As stated above, the handle bark is all but worn off. There are a few losses throughout the blackthorn shaft. There is a small natural crack in the handle. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
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When you're walking with this beauty you can hear the bells ringing out for Christmas Day.