Political & Iconic symbol, Marianne System Cane. France, 1871
The silvered bronze handle is 7 cm high and 3 cm at widest. It is a very interesting historical-Political cane, representing the iconic French Republic symbol Marianne portrayed as a young lady with wonderful detail, wearing the Phrygian cap, and adorned with two laurels branches around, it is signed H.F. and dated 1871. It is on top of a slender Rosewood shaft with pierced eyelets and a 5 cm bimetal ferrule. OL: 91 cm. With no chips or cracks, only a little wear, the condition is excellent.
Political canes like this are shown on page 174 16/14 of Cane Curiosa by Dyke, it is a nice example of the type.
Marianne embodies the Republic. A personification of liberty and reason, and a portrayal of the Goddess of Liberty, her bust is present in every city hall in France. Her face is also drawn on stamps. The name Marianne enabled the French people to take over the newborn Republic, by creating a popular figure with whom French people could easily identify. * Wikipedia.