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[Tidbits] The Enemy Cane

Or: How to control your enemy. Or: Turn your enemy upside-down. Or:
Can a cane become a piece of jewelry? The variations are endless.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. You all remember Tutankhamun do you
not? Youngest ruler of Egypt. Took the throne at age 10. Quit his
mortal bonds at age 20. Chest disease, they said. Or maybe a brain
tumor. (How did they know these things?) Today… now that we know
more than we knew… his death may have been contributed to by a
broken leg. Or his illness aggravated by a broken leg. All a tad
mundane… wouldn’t you say? Which reads better? Extra extra. Read
all about it. Tut dies of brain tumor. Or… Extra extra. Read all
about it. Tut breaks leg then kicks the Sphinx.

But no matter folks. This is about his cane… one of many he had…
all used to control his enemies. I have an example of one. It
consists of two figures. Both foes. The first chap is a Syrian…
with hands and face and feet made of ivory to depict his white skin.
The second is an African… hands and face and limbs made of ebony
to represent his dark skin.

When not in use… the cane rested with the handle down and the tip
facing up. In this situation… the potential usurpers of the state
resided in an upright position… uncontrolled and ready to do harm.
However… when our young king grasped the cane by the handle… the
enemies now resided in an upside-down position… rendered helpless
by their lack of equilibrium… and totally under the control of
young Tut.

I extrapolate. I call attention to the jewelers of the world. Create
the cane pin. Affix the pin, catch, and joint on a swivel so that it
can be worn right side up or up side down. Offer you CAD services to
the young women of the world. If they have a beau or two… you will
duplicate their images in 3-D and affix them on a silver or gold
cane pin. When all is well with the world… they can wear the pin
handle down and cane up… signifying a most upright state of
affairs and satisfying bliss. When things are a tad askew… wear the
cane drooping down… the figurine or figurines in a state of
imbalance… signifying in a most primitive way a total lack of
interest in what is usually considered to be a more desirable
position as well as control of the wearer over the potential misdeeds
which might be foisted upon an unsuspecting public and nefarious
doers of evil deeds.

As an aside… I will hope none of you are reading anything more
into this other than the purely analytical socio-scientific
examination it is clearly meant to be. After all… we are jewelers
and setters and gemsmiths here… and not members of some lascivious
hordes out to rampage the ever growing imaginary barren landscapes
of bejeweled Puritanism in orgiastic sprees.

So… with all that said… anyone out there want to see an enemy

or those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at where you
will scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that
says Current Tidbits. Click it… and you will see represented on our
pages… a cane of King Tut decorated with the figures of two

And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
Benjamin Mark