Sandalwood Country Derby on a Blackthorn Shaft

$159.97

The Sandalwood Country Derby on blackthorn shaft is a collectors' walking stick, this comfortable derby cane features an extra wide sandalwood handle to suit the larger hand. The shaft is blackthorn, a highly sought after wood distinguished by its knobbly bark and rich color. The stick is fitted with a smart brass collar and a neat metal ferrule. Made in England. Overall height 36 inches. We import this directly from England.

Blackthorn is a sought-after wood for walking sticks, prized for its rich color and the characterful appearance caused by its spiny thorns.  Emotionally associated with Ireland, there is much folklore connected with blackthorn.  The patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, once sheltered from the rain under a blackthorn bush.  It promptly flowered to protect the Saint, which is said to be why the blackthorn flowers before it comes into leaf each spring.  Demand each year invariably exceeds supply, with natural knobs ticks and thumbs sticks allocated to a waiting list in most years.  However, the blackthorn derby and pistol grips are usually available in limited quantities and are popular wherever blackthorn has appeal.

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