Baton with a flowerpot and twig motif

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Name: Baton with a flowerpot and twig motif; Date: turn of the 19th and 20th century; Country: United States?; Town: unknown; Materials: wood, ivory, mother of pearl, metal; Measurements: length 39,5 cm, diameter 2,2 cm; Ownership: Jan Stanisław Witkiewicz’s collection; Inventory number: JSW 120; Description:

Body made of black-lacquered wood and ivory; grip section made of ivory (length: 13,5 cm), decorated with a blackened floral twig sprouting from a flowerpot, with geometrical ornamentation and convex rings, encrusted with round plates made of mother of pearl; tip of the grip finished with a small, metal ball; tip of the baton made of ivory, with similar decoration, finished with an ivory ball; wooden section narrows in the middle of the baton, adorned with round panels made of mother of pearl; in the lower section of the body, a metal ribbon was attached with an engraved inscription and floral patterns. The baton is nearly identical (including its dimension) with baton JSW 30 from the same collection, with only minute differences. A drawing of a very similar baton with a flowerpot motif with a plant can be found in mail catalogs of several music companies from the turn of the 19th and 20th century (C. Bruno & Son, New York, USA, ca. 1890; G. und A. Klemm, Markneukirchen, Germany, ca. 1900), including an identical one (except for the small ball on top of the grip) in the catalogue J.W. Jenkins’ Sons Music Co. (Kansas City, USA; presently Jenkins Music Company) dated ca. 1890, available at 17.5 USD.

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Joanna Gul, consultation: Magdalena Szmida-Półbratek (City Museum of Wrocław)


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