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Walking stick

Decorative art

Object connections:

Collection Decorative art, Sailors' craftwork
ExhibitionsThe Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire, Trade and Commerce
Gallery locationAtlantic Gallery (Floor plans)
Peopleprovenance: Brookes, William Tolley

Object details:

Object ID AAA0015
Description A whalebone walking stick with a brass ferule. The stick is square in section where it joins the handle which is attached with a whalebone dowel. The whale tooth handle is octagonal with vertical grooves and terminates in a knob carved in the shape of a ropework Turk's head. The point where the handle joins the stick is carved in imitation of plaited rope. Made by Captain William Tolley Brookes (1791-1874), commander of the whaler 'Active' in the late 1830s. This type of craftwork made by the crew of whaling ships is known as scrimshaw.
Date made late 19th century

Artist/Maker Brookes, William Tolley
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials brass; whale tooth; whalebone
Measurements 870 x 39 mm
  • Walking stick (AAA0015)
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