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  • Place of origin:

    Holland (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1740 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved fruitwood

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs S.D. Amis

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Bandmaster’s staff; early 18th Century, Dutch

Fruitwood with decoration carved in the round, in openwork, in relief and countersunk relief, partly in chip-carving. Below finial carved in the wood, four-sided, flat-faced form tapering towards the base.

Finial in the form of a soldier wearing long coat and breeches in the manner of the early 18th century, with musket as in the attention position, behind a dog and bunches of grapes, in relief running to the base. The reverse and sides divided above a solid base terminal into four openwork rope-pattern compartments, each containing three balls, alternating with four squared knobs carved on the faces, with ladies waving a tulip, gallants below, also waving, and chip-carved patterns.

Place of Origin

Holland (made)


1700-1740 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved fruitwood


Length: 81 cm, Diameter: 3 cm maximum

Object history note

Given by Mrs S.D. Amis (RF 55/4209)

Historical context note

Comparable objects
V&A: W.12-1946

This is a bandmaster's staff. Staffs have served other professional functions. For example, sextons have used staffs to awake those sleeping during sermons, and in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries tall staffs were made for running footmen. (Edward H. Pinto, Treen and Other Wooden Bygones: An Encyclopedia and Social History (London: G. Bell & Son, 1969), p.28)

Descriptive line

Bandmaster’s staff, carved fruitwood, Dutch, 1700-40


Wood; Fruitwood


Carving; Carving


Accessories; Woodwork


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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