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EARLY 20THC FRENCH. BASQUE WALKING CANE/SPEAR #9317

An early 20th century walking cane from France, Basque country, turned polished stone top, the top of the cane of iron wrapped with woven leather, section missing, a brass collar stamped "NERE LAGUNA ETA LAGUNTZA" (my friend and helper). The Medlar wood cane with raised decoration along the whole length, the bottom brass section with a point, decorated with a punched design and words "MEILLEUR OUVRIER DE FRANCE 1936" (Best French Craftsman 1936) and "AINGIART BERGARA LARRESSORE" (This is where it was made). The owners collection label, a crown above "H" attached. The top section unscrews to show a spear point. Overall 36 inches.   #9317yl

The diploma for the worker who this cane was presented to can be seen in the original workshop of the maker , 

Makhila Ainciart Bergara, 

Inthalatzia Ouest, Fronton, 64480 Larressore

Formerly in the collection of Prince Henrik of Denmark, 1934-2018, (see photo)consort to Queen Margrethe of Denmark, his collection of African art formed over many years during his visits to Africa in his role as Ambassador of the Red Cross. This item was either presented to him or collected by him during his years of travel in Africa. His collection was displayed at the Gammel Holtgaard art museum in Holte for 3 months in 2009 and was then returned to their place in the royal couple's private apartments at Fredensborg Palace.

 

£600.00

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