Canes From around 1550 to 1930, canes were a dressing accessory without which a lady or gentleman, properly dressed, would never leave the house. However their use went out of fashion after this, leaving the market to collectors. For a collector, the main interest lies in the handle, which could be made of wood, bamboo, ebony, ivory, tusk, animal horn, or bone. Sometimes they were made out of porcelain, Bakelite, gold, silver, or glass; enameled or cloisonnéd; or sprinkled with precious gemstones. The height of good taste was a gold handle with minmal decoration, as silver handles were despised by the wealthier classes. However silver handled canes have survived in large numbers, and exhibit a wide variety of decorative treatment, from the comparatively plain, armorial or regimental style to the more flamboyant excesses of Art Nouveau. Carved handles can be found depicting grotesque animal or human forms, and are highly prized nowadays. Also keenly sought are multi-purpose canes, with a concealed spirit flask, tobacco pipe or even a tiny fire-arm for personal safety.
An impressive 18ct. yellow gold mounted, ivory handled walking cane, the plain tapered ebony hardwood shaft with wide a scroll embossed 18ct. gilded yellow gold mount, the shield cartouche with presentation engraving 'From J. Shaw To W.B. Paton, Dunedin, 1
Three horn and ivory mounted walking canes, one with a horn handle, naively carved as the head of a dog, above a silver collar monogrammed Tc, 88.5 cm long; one carved as the head of an Arabian man, with an ivory cap, 88 cm long; and one with a naively car
Three silver and horn mounted canes and a horn handled walking stick, one with an embossed silver loop handle, above a bamboo shaft, 103.5 cm long; two sterling silver mounted bamboo canes, 83 cm and 90 cm long; and one horn handled walking stick with an e
Two leather bound walking canes and a watchman's night stick, the night stick bound in leather over an iron shaft, 92.5 cm long; one cane with a leather bound knop, 90.5 cm long; and one cane bound entirely in leather, 80.5 cm long
A Victorian carved ivory handle walking cane, the handle as an extended dog's head with open mouth and glass eyes, collar evident, mounted to the tapered malaca shaft with a silver embossed band decorated with a tethered horse, scrolls and shield cartouche
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