The inscription reads: ‘THE PRESIDENTS FINGER – FISH EATING ON THE BANKS OF THE BANASS WITH LATOUCHE GRANT MACPHERSON AND REDDIE MEMBERS OF THE RAJMAHUL POPJOY CLUB’. It is signed ‘WHAT A BEAUTY – G. Templer March 1838’.
An extremely rare and unusual commemorative walking stick. The main part of the stick is bamboo, with a grafted section of hardwood on the top which has been carved into the shape of a bent finger to form a handle.
The stem is carved with an inscription which is interspersed with carved vignettes showing characters fishing with rods and catchnets, and various fish, including catfish.
The Banas River is situated in what is now Rajasthan, a state in Western India. In the early 19th century, this area was known as Rajputana, and was firmly under the control of the East India Company, not officially becoming part of the British Empire until 1858.
It is most likely that the words ‘Latouche’, ‘Grant’, and ‘Macpherson’ refer to surnames of people who were stationed in Western India, and were either employed or associated with the workings of the East India Company, a governing force established by Major-General Robert Clive (Clive of India) in the 1750s.
Size in inches: H 35” x W 2.5” x D 0.5”
Period: 19th Century
Completely solid in structure and form, aged naturally across all the surface.
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What Our Customers Say
When asked, the seller, Harry, provided another picture of this charming object next to something small (a pear) so I could better visualize the scale. He was gracious and warm throughout our brief correspondence. While it was too late to get the train here by Christmas day, with an added challenge of a strike in England and foul weather here, I was stunned when he found a way to get it to me TWO DAYS before Christmas! It must have traveled on the Hogwart’s Express!Private Client, USA
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