Arts & Crafts Barry Parker walking stick
A truly unique and rare Arts & Crafts collector’s piece/curio; Barry Parker’s (1867-1947) of Parker & Unwin (Arts & Crafts architects & designers of Letchworth Garden City) own walking stick/cane! Made essentially from a shark’s vertebrae (not uncommon in those days), with some horn spacers. What additionally makes it unique is that it curiously also has his full name, Barry Parker as well as Letchworth, Herts incised into the vertebrae; which in itself, according to walking stick experts, is quite unusual; c1900. Through obvious actual use & handling, has now acquired a nice colour & patina over time.
In fact, The Letchworth Garden City Heritage Museum is housed in the original 1907 architectural offices which Barry Parker built and worked in, and whilst there, one is allowed to visit Barry Parker’s original office, furnished much as it was when he was working there, and is full of his Arts & Crafts designed furniture and some of his watercolours.