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Origin: Probably London
Date: c. 1740 -1750
7.7 cm height
Marks/Maker: Signed 'Barenger'
Heraldry: Hellier quartering Harris and Penn, with Huntbach quartering Cooke and another, probably Fowke, in pretence.
Presented or bequeathed by Sir Samuel Hellier (d. 1784); WA1949.381
T. Schroder (2009), no. 412
Gold and silver-gilt cane heads, chased, enamelled or decorated in other ways were a common form of male adornment and together with decorative watch cases and snuff boxes were considered important fashionable accessories. The embossed scenes on this cane represent the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)