Details about Antique Anglo Indian Islamic Carved Ebony Swagger Stick- Walking Stick/ Cane RajSee original listing
02 Mar, 2012 11:11:26 GMT
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Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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|Product:||Anglo Indian Army Officers Swagger Stick||Region of Origin:||Nagina Western India|
Late 19th C Anglo Indian Nagina carved Ebony Swagger stick-Provenance ‘Thompson’ serving In British army in South Africa
This superbly carved ebony swagger stick that has been cleaned and re-polished and sports a myriad of finely carved geometric patterns. It originates from Nagina, a town in the Bijnor District in the United Provinces of Eastern India.
Provenance: The family that I bought this from were called ‘Thompson’ & they attest to the fact that this has been handed down from a relative who was an officer who served in the British Army in South Africa. This is clearly unproven provenance, but I have no reason to suspect that this is not accurate. All I can say though is that if this is correct, he must have served time in India and bought this swagger stick while on duty there.
The swagger stick is carved in low relief due to the hardness of ebony and is typically fashioned with spirally arranged geometric designs typical of this rigorously Muslim area of British India. The precision of the carving is astounding and all the more so when one considers the primitive tools that were often fashioned by the local blacksmith specifically for these small family run workshops. I shall not even start and try to describe the multitude of traditional patterns on this stick, other than to say that this is a superb example of early Nagina work and that in typical Muslim style, there is merely abstract and floral imagery rather that human and faunal depictions. These beautifully executed patterns were all learned and memorised from an early age by each artisan craftsman.
The swagger stick is carved in ebony with brass pommel and ferrule and is a typically shorter than a walking stick as it would have been placed under the arm during ‘square bashing’. Overall length is 28” long.
Condition is excellent with no loss or damage. It has been lovingly restored & polished to bring back the glorious satin gloss associated with what is very hard and finely grained ebony. Being very critical, the shaft has a very slight bow.
This would make a welcome addition to any Anglo Indian collection, be of interest to the military historian, stick and cane collector, or as I display it, in a stick stand in the hall.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT I HAVE AN INDIAN NAGINA WALKING STICK IN CARVED EBONY & A VERY UNUSUAL AND RARE NAGINA ACACIA WOOD CARVED WALKING STICK (SANDALWOOD COLOUR) & PROVEN PROVENANCE BASED ON THE COLONEL’S NAME CARVED INTO THE HANDLE.
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