45. Hard Stone and Cloisonné Enamel Cane -Ca. 1900 -Plain dendritic agate ball knob of striking color and glassy translucent structure and its matching and 2 ¾” tall cloisonné enamel collar, malacca shaft and a metal ferrule. Gray Agate encourages quiet contemplation and assimilation of life experiences, leading to spiritual growth and inner stability. It was also said that agate is a protective amulet when traveling. -Generally seen as mascots and likely to be individually chosen for personal reasons, canes with hard stone knobs started to become popular in the third part of the 19th Century to reach their peak around 1920. Their varieties make them great and decorative collectables. -H. 2 ½” Diameter, O.L. 37 ½” -$300-$400 -Cloisonné is a way of enameling an object, (typically made of copper) whereby fine wires are used to delineate the decorative areas (cloisons in French, hence cloisonné) into which enamel paste is applied before the object is fired and polished. -The Japanese characters used for the word shippo (the Japanese term for enamelware) mean “Seven Treasures” which is a reference to the seven treasures mentioned in Buddhist texts. Although these treasures may vary, they generally included at least some of the following: gold, silver, emerald, coral, agate, lapis lazuli, giant clamshell, glass and pearl. The Japanese applied this expression to the rich colors found on Chinese enamel wares and later to those they made themselves.