Immediately post Civil War, Carpet Bagger period which was characterized by a loss of rights by Southerners and rule by outsiders. Wood, laminated of two variant colors to accommodate the blade channel. Wood grip with reptile skin wrapped center for better purchase. Gilt ferrule at the junction. 29 1/4" diamond section blade tapered through its length, marked SOLINGEN (Germany). As the South had limited manufacturing capability, blades were imported. The use of contrasting color wood and a gilt ferrule are clear declarations of the clandestine function of the cane. It likely was used in a rural area largely devoid of Federal influence as it would be considered a violation of the disarmament subject to imprisonment. Blade with superficial staining. Light wear to the grip.