20th Century-Bone terrestrial globe cane accurately carved in scrimshaw technique with the continents and the oceans and their related appellations. The globe is hinged and flips opens to show an embedded large and perfectly working compass with a beautiful 32-point wind rose and golden hand surrounded by a bone ring with a sundial with a roman scale on the lower part and an elaborate, full space other one with Arabic numbers on the upper one. Notable is the still surviving and necessary shadow casting string, which joins the two parts. Malacca shaft with a silver collar and a brass ferrule. The unusual large size of the globe as well as its, so far unrecorded, triple function, let us presume that this cane must have been bespoke retirement present to sea captain with a long sea career. Some scholars wants to see here British pride, “Rule, Britannia!, Britannia rule the waves”.
H. 2 ¾”, Diameter, O.L. 36 ½”