Excellent quality example for a conductor of some status. 24 1/4" length, tapered finely grained tropical hardwood with bullet form ivory tip and ivory knob terminal. In the 19th century, every town of any stature, tens of thousands of them, had an opera hall which was virtually the only source of professional entertainment. Each had an orchestra and each orchestra, a conductor. The baton was his instrument of communication with the orchestra. Its ivory tip floated in the candle light or lime light with each musician's eyes fix on it for direction which unified the orchestra to fulfill the composer's vision. Peculiar to the antiques market, very few batons of the period survive and this is the only one we have encountered. This is a superior quality treasured example of an integral to a part of American history all but overlooked today.