21. Ormoulu Mother of Pearl and Silver Dress Cane -Ca. 1880 -Substantial mother-of-pearl handle of a beautiful, stretching, oval and tapering size inset with delicately engraved silver twigs and flying birds, terminating on one side by an ormoulu knob hand chased with blooms among foliage and scrolls and on the other with a matching collar. Ebony shaft and a horn ferrule. Beauty pure, this French cane epitomizes the romantic taste of its day and displays throughout quality and class. -H. 8” x 1 ½”, O.L. 39” -$1,400-$1,800 -Ormolu, signifying ground or pounded gold, is an English term, used since the 18th century for the gilding technique of applying finely ground, high-carat gold-mercury amalgam to an object of bronze and for objects finished in this way. The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold coating. The French refer to this technique as bronze doré, in English, it is known as “gilt bronze”.