"Old Cane In Hard Stone From The End Of The Nineteenth Century"
Elegant old cane from the end of the 19th century, hard stone pommel representing an owl, glass eyes, silver ring bearing an 830/1000 hallmark. Palm tree barrel, metal ferrule added. This elegant cane is with its original case in goatskin bearing inside an inscription of RAGAZ, see below the description of Bad Ragaz. This magnificent cane is most likely a Viennese work from the end of the 19th century. Total length of the cane 96 cm. Already in the middle of the 13th century, people came on pilgrimage to the Abbey of Pfäfers in the hope of finding healing in the thermal water of the Tamina valley, which flows into the Rhine valley near Bad Ragaz. . The doctor and philosopher Paracelsus, who was the first spa doctor in Bad Pfäfers from 1535, proved the healing properties of thermal water. It was the starting point of thermal tourism. In 1716, the first spa in Switzerland was built in a Baroque style, below the Benedictine convent of Pfäfers. When, from 1840, it became possible to channel thermal water over four kilometers to the more easily accessible village of Ragaz, the agricultural village quickly developed to become a renowned spa. To accommodate wealthy travelers, including many Russian nobles, it was necessary to build luxury hotels, the Grand Hotels of Bad Ragaz, rich in traditions, which still attract customers from all over the world today. Bad Ragaz, with the Tamina Therme thermal baths, now offers a wide range of medical and wellness treatments.