Antique Irish Shillelagh Blackthorn Cane | Early 1900s
Here we have an antique Irish blackthorn Shillelagh walking stick from the turn of the century. This knobby beauty reminds me a bald eagle with the stark contrasting color of the polished handle. But the history of these Irish walking sticks is even better.
First, the Blackthorn bush is found throughout Ireland and the British Isles. The material has been prized for centuries as a material for premium walking sticks and is often referred to as "Cold Steel"...stop the auction, Sir, I'm sold. That's the price of admission right there. It gets better. Shillelaghs are the national weapon of rural Ireland. I'll raise a Guiness to any guy/gal walking with one of these beauties....as long as they don't crack me with it.
The antique walking stick comes out of a folk art cane collection in the Twin Cities. Normally, theses canes originate from the turn of the century. I'm thinking early 1900s.
The Irish cane stands about 36 1/2" tall, and the handle measures about 2 1/2". The walking stick also has a metal (copper?) ferrule to finish it off. There are some losses to the blackthorn bark, especially near the bottom. The ferrule wiggles a little but she stays on. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
I ship FedEx to street addresses in the continental USA only (no PO boxes). Free shipping on the Irish cane.
You hear that? That's the sound of a crowd parting, creating a path. Nothing but respect.