Ball-in-chamber whimsy cane with 12 compartments

Unknown Maker (possibly Pennsylvania), American, 19th century



Carved from one piece of wood; inverted heart motif carved below knob handle

Overall: 38 × 1 15/16 in. (96.5 × 4.9 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Judith D. and Charles H. Hood, Class of 1951



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name

Personal Gear: Cane

Research Area

Decorative Arts

Not on view


Incised initials [probably referring to owner’s name] on one side, below lowest compartment: F. P. M [-- at least 2 letters obscured by tape] ER; dated (incised) on one side below lowest compartment: 1869. Gummed white sticker near base: #13; adhered over sticker printed “BUYER #” [any writing obscured by self-adhesive label laid on top of it]


Collected by Judith D. and Charles H. Hood (1929-2016), Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, date unknown; given to present collection, 2016.

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