Stylish Hand Carved Irish Bog Oak Lady’s or Gentleman’s Swagger or Walking Stick, mid to late Nineteenth Century.
The unusually long tapering grip finely carved depicting Shamrocks, Vine Leaves, a Round Tower, an Irish Harp and Laurel leaves.
Condition: Superb condition with nice surface patination, the original bi-metal (polished brass and steel) ferrule shows little or no signs of wear.
Length: 32.5" (82.5cm). of which 16" is lavishly carved.
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.
*TIP: When deciding to purchase a Walking Cane on-line, always check the dimensions especially its length and even the width of the handle when possible. Many antique ones offered nowadays can vary a lot in length, remember some of these were custom made for clients in the past.