Animal figural Sea-lion Walking Cane. Japan, circa 1890
Made for the European market, this unusual elephant ivory handle representing a perfect carved Sea Lion with its two puppets in an astonishing composition is 10 cm high and 4 cm at its widest, the ivory quality is supreme, with no hairlines. It has a 2 cm high silver collar, marked with initials B.H. It is on top of a sound Malacca shaft with a bimetal ferrule. The OL is 88 cm and without chips or cracks the condition is perfect.
Animal motives as the Sea-lion came into fashion around 1860, giving to the public in major European cities, for the first time, the chance to see many of the exotic animals of the world.