Antique Japanese Bamboo Cane Sword Stick with rare 17th Century German Blade
Here on offer is a fine and rare antique Japanese Bamboo Cane Sword Stick with a 17th century German “Solingen” blade, probably made circa 1900.
The square sectioned German steel blade is 19.75” (50.3cm) long and 0.3” (0.9cm) wide at the base and still retains a sharp point.
On opposite sides of the square blade is stamped with the maker’s symbols either side of the word “SOLINGEN”, the famous area in Germany for steel/weapon manufacture from the 15th Century.
I can’t find a reference to these exact maker’s symbols but feel this blade is an 18th or even 17th century blade, possibly even an old fencing sword blade, which has then been used to make this Japanese Bamboo Sword Cane?
This quality blade has some light surface rust and some greying on the blade but this would clean off and the blade would polish up bright, if so required. I prefer to leave the blades as I find them, it helps support the age of the blade and this one is very old!
The handle is made from the slightly curved root ball of the bamboo shaft/cane and has a brass collar fitted at the bottom, which matches with a similar brass collar on the long section of the shaft.
The blade fits snugly into the top of the bamboo scabbard.
The bamboo cane itself is in excellent condition and has a beautiful dark brown coloured patina finish. There are just a couple of small age cracks on the main section.
The tip has a fitted brass ferrule to protect the tip.
It is a fine Sword Stick/Cane, with a very early SOLINGEN blade that would make a great addition to any edged weapon collection.
It also acts perfectly as a walking stick!
With the blade inserted, it measures 34.8” (88.5cm) long and about 1.2” (3cm) diameter at the top.
It weighs 250g.
Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.
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