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Antique Carnival Walking "Bang Stick" With Cast-Iron Duck Head

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    Posted 6 years ago

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    This antique carnival walking "bang stick" dates from around the late 1800's to early 1900's. The top of the cane is a cast-iron duck head painted green and yellow. This cane was designed and used to set off paper caps for a surprising bang! The shaft of the cane is wood.

    I am not quite sure how this works but I found it interesting and picked it up in a local shop today.

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      You find such weird and fabulous things VL! I can see the Green Lady imperiously banging this when attention was required.
      I think a paper cap strip would slide into the notch and when banged on the ground the pin slides up and sets it off. I daresay it's seized with age.
    2. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 6 years ago
      racer, Thank you! Yes, the Green Lady likes to hide this under her kimono and scare all of the little kids in the neighborhood. I do love "weird" things for sure!
    3. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      What a neat-o thing to find!
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Oh, this is awesome!! I've only seen one other in all my years!!!
    5. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 6 years ago
      Efesgirl, Thank you!

      jscott0363, Thank you!
    6. SpiritBear, 6 years ago
      Reminds me exactly of an old illusion: The rabbit or duck illusion:
    7. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 6 years ago
      SpiritBear, You are right! I already have one rabbit posted, but this could be #2!
    8. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
      you really do pick up cool stuff! this is one of my favorites!
    9. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 6 years ago
      ho2cultcha, Thank you! I love the weird/unusual.
    10. hotairfan hotairfan, 5 months ago
      I have (and posted) a carnival bang stick a few months back. I believe that mine is from the 40's or 50's. I never saw one as early as this. It's great! thanks for posting it.
    11. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 5 months ago
      Thank you for the comment. I thought that this one looked pretty old whenever I bought it. I just inclused it in with my walking stick collection.

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