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Gemelli's Cane
Quote this post and reply to it Post#1 @ 10-06-06 , 11:22 AM

 


 

Here's a couple of pics of the gold and ebony cane I inherited from my maternal grandfather (apparently made by HIS father, who was quite a craftsman) in 1901).

The head is hand-engraved and is most likely an overlay of gold on an unknown material. I have no idea what it's worth, and wouldn't consider selling it EVER, though I should have it appraised at some point.

As usual, the lighting's less-than-perfect to show the detail. Enjoy!

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What a neat thing to inherit! Just beautiful craftmanship too. I would never guess that it was from 1901 as it appears to be in beautiful shape!~Ronda

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Re: Gemelli's Cane
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Hey Gemelli, that's beautiful. They just don't make things like that anymore...what a wonderful piece of family history.

I'm still wondering what kind of event you could 'wear' it to. If I were you i'd think about doing some kind of damage to my leg so i'd have an excuse to use the cane

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Re: Gemelli's Cane
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Gemelli,

You have inherited an amazing piece of craftmanship, but also a truely significant sentimental heirloom from your family. I can see why you would never part with it.
My Grandfather was an antique dealer (if he was still alive today he would love to have seen such a piece as yours) and I was fortunate enough to inherit a couple of pieces of breathtaking jewellery from him. I can't tell you how often I wish that I had somewhere special to wear them, rather than keep them hidden safely away.
If you ever have the opportunity to use this wonderful cane, don't be afraid to show it off! You have every reason to be proud of it.

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Re: Gemelli's Cane
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Well, actually they can be quite valuable! Based on material, the top and the wood used and the tip. Is it a finished tip also? Provenance is everything also! See if you can find any pictures of the cane with any of the previous owners and letters referencing it. You'd be surprised what attics can hold. Also document your great grandfathers and granfathers life ex: born, died, jobs ect. Keep that with the cane for future generations document, document, document! Try to get as an acurate story as possible on the start of the cane, making, giving ect. Was it passed through a will and how it ended up with you. Write the story and keep it with the cane always. It may sound silly but a special piece deserves special attention and it's all the things I mentioned that adds the real value! That way the story will never be lost or forgotten. And speculation goes out the window when your great grandson tells his children how the cane came to be! If you can't tell I'm also addicted to antiques roadshow!

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