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  • When she urged to him the great uncertainty under which she laboured whether her letter had been ever forwarded, the old man paced the room with long steps, shook his grey head, rested repeatedly for a space on his ivory-headed staff, and, after much hesitation, confessed that he thought her doubts so reasonable that he would himself aid in the removal of them.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • As if to evince the rigour of her disposition, Lady Margaret, on this solemn occasion, exchanged the ivory-headed cane with which she commonly walked, for an immense gold-headed staff which had belonged to her father, the deceased Earl of Torwood, and which, like a sort of mace of office, she only made use of on occasions of special solemnity.

    Old Mortality

  • His eyes were hollow, bleared, and gummy; his face was shrivelled into a thousand wrinkles, his gums were destitute of teeth, his nose sharp and drooping, his chin peaked and prominent, so that, when he mumped or spoke, they approached one another like a pair of nutcrackers: he supported himself on an ivory-headed cane and his whole figure was

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

  • They wore caps of seawolf hide and carried long, narrow shields of the same material; one of them had a steel cutlass as well as the ivory-headed harpoon that seemed the universal mark of a citizen of the Folk.

    Lord of the Isles

  • Of all the hammers in this busy and hammering world, from the huge forge-hammer with which the brawny blacksmith deals telling blows upon the glowing iron and beats it into shape, to the tiny hammer that the watchmaker so deftly handles, the ivory-headed, ebony-handled instrument of the auctioneer is the most potent.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864

  • She leant on an ivory-headed crutch-cane, and was followed by a fat phthisicky dog of the pug kind, who commonly reposed on a cushion, and enjoyed the privilege of snarling at the servants, and occasionally biting their heels, with impunity.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 23, February, 1873

  • Aunt Rose herself, leaning upon an ivory-headed cane, but bright eyed and alert as ever, awaited us at the top of the steps.

    With Those Who Wait

  • He was dressed in a brown cloth coat, a gray waistcoat, black breeches, and worsted stockings, and held an ivory-headed cane under his arm.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • Her visage lengthened visibly whenever she saw him approaching with his cocked hat and ivory-headed cane.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866

  • If I should, let them take care, for they know not but my innocent-looking, ivory-headed cane, which I never yet attempted to draw, may unexpectedly fly assunder, and like the Trojan horse, disclose death in the inside.

    North Carolina Schools and Academies 1790-1840 A Documentary History

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