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921. Fine Hand Carved Irish Bog Oak Walking Stick Silver Collar Hallmark 1900
A Very Fine Hand Carved Irish Bog Oak Walking Stick of outstanding quality decorated with typical relief-carved decoration of Ferns, an Irish Harp and entwined Shamrocks.
The plain horizontal tau shaped grip above a silver collar modelled as a tied buckle belt. Complete with original metal brass ferrule which is worn.
Mark of AC for Arthur Cook, Carver Street, Birmingham
Birmingham assay mark for 1900.
Condition: Good condition with nice patination on wood. Few tiny dents on handle.
Length: 36.25" (92cm). Width: (at handle) 4.25" (11cm).
Shipped to Croydon, Surrey, England.
Irish Bog Oak wood is a rare timber which is excavated from deep underground, usually as a by-product of turf cutting, or when bogland 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, always with distinctive hand carved Irish subjects. This is a really superb Walking Cane offered in good condition.