Shagreen Telescope Cane

  • The entire shaft of this telescope cane is covered in brilliant green shagreen leather
  • Remove the handle to reveal a hand-held telescope housed within
  • Shagreen is a very luxurious leather used for the finest objects in the 18th- and 19th centuries
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Item No. 30-7115

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Covered entirely in luxurious emerald-hued shagreen, this cane houses a hand-held telescope within the shaft. Shagreen, or sharkskin leather, is a durable variety of hide used only for the most fashionable and valued objects of the 18th and 19th centuries. Covered by a characteristic network of tiny spines, the surface of the leather is ground and polished, producing smooth nodules that give the leather its luxurious appearance.

Late 19th century

35" length
Shagreen Telescope Cane
Period: 19th Century
Type: System/Gadget Canes
Height: 35.0 Inches
Shagreen Telescope Cane
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