posted on Jan, 29 2014 @ 07:39 PM
reply to post by JiggyPotamus
If you look closely at the photo you can see detailed decorative carving running throughout the spiraled part of the cane's shaft.
Also, there are 4 heads carved in profile and a smooth well worn handle. This is to much detail to put into a cotton bailing tool.
And, no working damage to the rest of this item.
Have you ever seen a tobacco stick? Rough cut light colored hardwood like pine or ash. No detail no frills. Not Dark mahogany like wood like this.It
is common tool of the same era in southern farming history.
I would compare a suspected cotton working stick to a tobacco stick (if a cotton working stick even existed) in construction and wear.
I've seen hundreds on hundreds of tobacco sticks.
Never seen or even heard of a cotton working stick,
and the two crops were rotated through the same fields in North Carolina.
I know about both crops
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