Published: May 28, 2002
DANVERS, MASS. – On April 27, Henry Taron of Tradewinds Antiques held his spring all-cane live auction at the King’s Grant Inn. The gross of $417,732 was the highest ever achieved for Tradewinds.
Six pieces exceeded the $10,000 level with the leader being a whale ivory hand and ball on a fully carved whalebone shaft at $19,040. Captain Winslow’s fine scrimshaw cane with blood money certificate fetched $15,680, as did the carved all-ivory cane presented to Queen Victoria.
An unusual gold quartz cane set in silver brought $11,200 as did Grover Cleveland’s 1892 victory cane. The final piece to exceed $10,000 was a rare violin cane at $10,080.
Other high achievers were Captain Johanson’s narwhal cane at $8,624 and a beautiful Faberge lapis and gold example at $8,400. An ivory Napoleonic opium pipe cane brought $7,840 while a rare ladder gadget cane fetched $7,560. Strong prices were evident throughout the sale and there were many rdf_Descriptions available for all price ranges and collecting levels.
All prices quoted include a 12 percent buyer’s premium.
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