C1895 American Silver Gadget Cane Golf Club Sunday Stick Cigarette & Vesta Case
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C1895 American Silver Gadget Cane Golf Club Sunday Stick Cigarette & Vesta Case:
c1895 Lovely AntiqueAMERICAN Silver Walking Stick Smokers Golf Gadget CANE .The head is STERLING Silver and is modelled on a Golf Club (Sabbath or Sunday Stick ) with a hidden Cigarette and Vesta Case .Gilded and marked STERLING 800 and SH in a shield .Lovely decorative monogram on each side .The top depresses to release the cigarette case and the vesta case opens below it .Measures 36" long .In good condition , please see pictures .These walking sticks are called Sunday Sticks.Due to an act of Parliament in the late 19th century the participation in all sports was bannedon a Sunday and the carrying of sports equipment outlawed on the Sabbath.The then Vicar of St. Andrews who used to enjoy hitting a few balls in whilst striding across the greens on his way to deliver his sermon was left in somewhat of a pickle He did not want to break the law but could not see the point in it.Luckily his parishioners came to the rescue one of them a Legal Eagle studied the resolution and found a loop hole. By creating a walking stick with a golf club head the law as it was passed was not being broken so they made the vicar the first golfing stick.The sermons were delivered happily and the vicar and congregation were at peace. Gradually this whole practice evolved and the Sunday Club was born..