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Ca. 1890-Large natural Baltic amber knob turned in plain Baroque shape set at the round top with a mother of pearl cabochon. The knob displays a beautifully matured transparency and dark apricot color and comes with a plain silver collar on a mahogany shaft and a horn ferrule. Despite an excessive fragility, this rare and precious cane survived in perfect shape.
H. 2” x 1 ¼”, O.L. 38 ¾”
Amber is fossilized tree resin, which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Much valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone, amber is made into a variety of decorative objects. Amber is used as an ingredient in perfumes, as a healing agent in folk medicine, and as jewelry.