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Pique & Early Canes

Pique canes were made by Huguenot craftsmen for a relatively short period of time circa 1670-1720. Hollow silver pins were inserted into drilled holes in the Ivory pommel. Common shapes can be seen such as tulips and curlicue “C” scrolls. Sometimes these canes also have dates, names and initials worked into the pique work. On Malacca shafts, these canes normally have a silver scalloped collar and a long ferrule. Also of the period is the “carriage cane”, made distinctive by its length- regularly 5 feet long or more with the long ferrule used to cope with muddy tracks.

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