Property from the Collection of John and Virginia Duncan, Savannah, GA
Vernon Edwards (GA, 1940-1999), Carved Cane and a Back Scratcher, both initial signed, the cane carved with a figure and with rubber foot on end, the back scratcher painted with blocks of red, black, and green and inscribed 'Big Mack' in center and 'His' on scratcher (26 1/2 in. long).
Vernon A. Edwards was an accomplished craftsman and woodcarver. Edwards was initially exposed to woodworking through his carpenter father. After living and working in various professions in Ohio and Philidelphia, Edwards returned to Pooler, GA where he began to pursue his work full time. His signature works include realistically carved walking sticks resembling snakes, along with walking sticks with human figures, hands, and other motifs. He also carves freestanding sculptures and relief sculptures depicting important African American individuals throughout history. Edwards was featured in an exhibition at the Telfair Museum of Art from 1998-1999 titled 'Masters of the Walking Stick'. Currently, 6 of his woodcarvings are in the permanent collection of the Telfair Museum of Art and he is represented in numerous public and private collections around the country.
Measurements: Length: of cane 35 1/2 in.
Good condition, some marks and scratches, particularly near bases, some cracking on rubber foot of cane.