made of Narwhal's Horn
the end of the Eighteen Century, the chemists still sold peices of Narwhal tooth, deemed to be the
supreme remedy. Moreover, the Narwhal's horn was used to make sceptres, bishops crosiers, or even
simple walking sticks.
right, an outstanding cane, of which the rare shaft is made of plain Narwhal's Rostrum, planed and
polished, and presenting marbling spirals, a typical quality that characterises the Narwhal. End
on the left, the handle "pomponne", made of gilt colored metal decorated of stylized foliage and
on the right, the handle's top, presenting a monogram, with a hinged door opening on a hiding place
for pills or poison.
The Narwhal was frequently named by the ancients "Unicorn", fabulous animal
having magical properties. The Narwhal had been frequently confounded with rhinocero or with the
In fact, the Narwhal is a member of the Dolphin family, of which the left
horn of the male may measure up to 3 metres.
The elders thought that the ivory of the Narwhal could protect them from
poison. Used until the end of the Eighteen Century for that reason, it reached an exorbitant
As until the end of the Eighteen Century, the Narwhal / Unicorn horn was
said to protect from the poison, a number of the great and the good still had manches knife-handles
made of this material, that were supposed to blacken if the meat or the dish were poisoned. A
simple bit of it in a glass avoided any poisoning.
Obviously, the Narwhal / Unicorn had some extraordinary and quite magic
powers. It had an uncommon value. A fortiori, when it was a walking stick entirely made of this
material. Not much were permitted such a luxury.