antique Murano glass
walking stick/ cane
" Soldiers cane "
with inlaid glass
very good condition
tip some chips
length 93 cm /
were selected to become soldiers during the turn of the 20th
century, by way of evidence the families of the 'lotelingen'
were given a glass cane.
During the military service of de loteling this was hung in a
visible place, for example above a fireplace or in other visible
place in the house.
This served as a notification for the visitors that in this
house a man was fighting at the front or was drafted for his
military service by a selection.
This indicated that you had to respectfully and tactfully talk
about the loteling.
Upon return of the soldier the glass stick was ritually broken.
If the stick remained in one piece this meant that the soldier
had died at the front.
However, because this stick was so unique, it was often not
broken; only small pieces were broken off.