My latest find This is a 1939-1940 dated walking stick from a French soldier who engraved his campaign names on his stick . It shows he originally was base in the OISE (near the Somme area) , then he mowed to Dijon (Burgnudy and finally ended up in the lower Alsace front line , bording the German border around the Maginot line . Walking sticks are an ancient tradition which stems from the Napolonic Tambour Major epoch , when tropps had to walk for hours and sometimes used sticks , which they late rchoses to engrave and take home as a souvenir. They are quite rare and I was extremely happy to get my first one ever. Check out the viper! Note the spelling error at "souvenire" (sic) and the intitials P.P. engraved in a heart. The tassels are opportunity finds fro ma curtain and the stick seems to be made with chesnut wood (the snake is ivy) .