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Old 29th December 2012, 12:27 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,
This whip type item was sourced from the same person I had the Mandingo/Arab sword from a number of years ago. Could this have anything to do with slave trade as well or am I jumping to conclusions. It consists of a flexible steel core about 4mm in diameter surrounded by bone type segments. I think that some type of covering would have covered the bone segments. It has good age patina and feels well balanced in the hand. The overall length is 73cm.

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Old 29th December 2012, 12:42 PM   #2
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Anecdotally these were popular with sea captains and mariners in the 19thC.
The shaft of the stick is made from the spinal column of a shark or similar large boney fish.
So they are cartilage vertebrae. They wouldn't have been covered, they would always have been exposed as they are now.
They seem to show a good amount of patina.
What is the head made from?
P.S. it's a walking cane.
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Old 29th December 2012, 01:40 PM   #3
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Hi Atlantia,
The head seems to be made from a type of heavy hardwood. So you think its a walking cane. Dam fooled again.

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Old 29th December 2012, 01:50 PM   #4
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I think the bone segments are from tuna burbles but I may be wrong.
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Old 29th December 2012, 02:31 PM   #5
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Hi Atlantia,
Do you mean swagger stick?
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Old 29th December 2012, 02:41 PM   #6
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Hi Atlantia,
Do you mean swagger stick?
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That depends on how tall they were!

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Old 29th December 2012, 03:16 PM   #7
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Hi Darren,

Is the length across the curve or around it?
In either event it's still within the length range for a cane and rather long for a swagger stick.
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Hi Atlantia,
Yes the length is across the curve.
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I think the bone segments are from tuna burbles but I may be wrong.


Googling "shark vertebrae" and "tuna vertebrae" and looking at the images, I think the original attribution was correct, these are shark vertebrae.

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Hi Atlantia,
Yes the length is across the curve.
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It's probable that the curve is the result of use rather than design, so it would have been a few cm longer originally.
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