This auction features a very unusual item -- it was a gift to my father while in service with the Marine Corps overseeing the first grain lift operation in Mali, Africa during the 1970's. Most of the items he brought back were acquired with the guidance of the U.S. ambassador to Mali who accompanied him during excursions to the villages throughout the country side. It is part walking stick, if you don't mind the horse hair dragging the ground (I understand this is it's secondary use), part fly swatter used around the horses and cattle -- this one does not look like it was ever used, thank goodness! It is completely clean and totally amazing in detail of design.
The stick part measures 25 inches long, with the horse hair tail extending the length to 38 inches. The handle is a primitive figure who is kneeling on one knee with a leather strap attached to the lower part of the carved base which is studded with brass hob nails and then wrapped with silver, copper and green wire. This is w the horse hair is attached, which is in three shades -- black, gray, and blonde.
If you collect swagger sticks, riding crops or any equestrian, not to mention African artifacts, you will want this, no question about it...
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