Irish Bog Oak Antique Hand-Carved Clover Walking Stick -'18ctGP' 18ct Gold Plate. Genuine Antique Irish Bog Oak Walking Stick c. A beautiful walking stick with a hand-carved genuine Irish Bog Oak shaft.
Carved by hand into the Irish Bog Oak are traditional patterns of Irish clover trails. The handle of the stick is a crutch bovine horn handle, with a gold collar situated below. The gold plate collar is hallmarked with the following stamp - 18ctGP.Full length of the cane - 91.5cm. The handle outwards - 11cm.
The diameter of the shaft - 20mm. Irish bog-oak ranges in age from 3000 to 8000 years old. The Irish climate was warmer and drier at that time in our history.
Oak trees grew profusely throughout the country. Then the climate changed to a wetter and damper era.The roots of the great oaks lost their grip in the soggy soil and fell to the ground. Over the following years vegetation covered the fallen trees. The tanic acid in the oak trees interacted with the decaying vegetation turning the oak black or darker brown and preserving it for posterity. This decaying vegetation forms todays bogs in Ireland. As people cut the turf in the bogs the ancient oak is uncovered where it has lain for thousands of years.
It is soft and pliable at first but as it is exposed to the air it becomes almost rock-hard. Before the advent of electricity in Ireland, our people found many uses for bog oak and bog deal.
Slivers of it were lit to provide light in the little cottages while big beams were used for rafters and mantle-pieces. Bog-oak has been highly valued by wood carvers for centuries. Personal jewellery and household ornaments were manufactured form this beautiful wood. Whats so wonderful about bog oak? It is truly black magic.The item "Irish Bog Oak Antique Hand-Carved Clover Walking Stick -'18ctGP' 18ct Gold Plate" is in sale since Saturday, November 6, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Woodenware\Walking Sticks/Canes".
The seller is "kirkside2" and is located in MONTROSE, ANGUS, SCOTLAND. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.