A malacca cane, the knop engraved with memories of Bombay


A personal malacca cane engraved on the knop with a soldier’s name I NOBLE, SERGT, H.M. XXth REGT around a central floral motif. One side of the knop is boldly engraved BOMBAY with further scratch engraving showing trees, a shrub in a plant pot, two dogs and a seated gentleman in a tall top hat, wearing short jacket, knee breeches and stockings. The cane, 35 ins [80 cm] overall including knop and brass ferrule, is in very good condition for its age.

The cane appears to date from some time before 1881 when the regimental numbering system ceased. The 20th Foot was the East Devonshire Regiment. The dress of the man suggests a date probably before 1850. The owner of the stick merits further research. The I of his name could of course be a J in the style of engraving in the 19th century.

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