Southern United States, circa 1880-1900
Maple, original painted decoration, brass ferule
Length 37 inches
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We consider this to be the finest Southern alligator cane known. While most folk art canes are carved in a shallow-relief, this example features a large and wonderfully stylized and sculpted full-length alligator, fully three dimensionally carved, with bold profile, textured skin, glass eyes, and open mouth with fine metal teeth. It has survived in outstanding condition, the original painted decoration having a dry surface and nice wear to the ball-shaped handle. For examples of the more typical style of alligator cane see George H. Meyer, American Folk Art Canes, Personal Sculpture (Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1992), pp. 38-41.