ANTIQUE HUMMING TOP CIRCA 1880
This ANTIQUE HUMMING TOP is made of what is known as Vegetable Ivory. Not ivory at all, but something that was used to resemble it.
Grown in South America the Ivory Nut Palm produces clusters of globular brown structures (seed bearing structures) at the base of each female tree. The generic name Phytelephas literally means 'elephant plant'. So have no fears elephant-lovers, this beautifully little humming top is fashioned out of a nut with bone (probably mutton) being used for the stem and the handle.
It measures 6cms tall, the handle measuring 5.5cms. The photographs show the detailed carving on the nut. Please note the small loss to about 0.75cm of the turned rings to the very top. Nothing major that detracts from the main features of the top, but the price reflects this small defect.