Besides coral, seeds, and dried flowers, Mabel–or her father who arrived later–purchased a bamboo cane, then a common accessory for ladies’ dress. It was probably been a gift for Ellen Potter, Mabel’s mother, who had not accompanied her husband to Cuba. Someone had to stay home and supervise the farm. Perhaps Ellen was less adventurous than her husband and daughter.
The inscription, “Cuba 1907” on the cane told me its origin. Maybe this was marked by the Cuban craftsman, but I think it was more likely engraved by Daniel Charles Potter who was an accomplished woodworker.