Learn about Canes

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 cloisonn├ęd; 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.

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An embossed silver and Malacca walking cane, English, 19th century. 89 cm long.

A silver mounted ebony walking cane, moulded with a 1930's era car, 20th century. 88 cm high

A silver mounted ebony walking cane, moulded with racehorses, 20th century. 90 cm

A silver mounted ebony walking cane, moulded with racehorses, 20th century. 90 cm high

Rare antique seamans walking cane, from a whaling ship, C:1820

Antique French silver & enamel walking cane, with snake wood shelf, c:1850

Walking Stick Cum Horse Measuring Rule, cane walking stick with metal handle engraved 'E.J.Barton', the handle pulls out to reveal a ruler for measuring the height of horses, with scales in hands, inches & metric, made by 'Ashford, Maker to the Queen'. Als

A whalebone baleen and turned wood cane, 19th century. 81 cm long

A whalebone baleen and carved wood cane, 19th century turned fish scale and spiral carved. 83 cm long

A fist carved whalebone walking cane, 19th century. 85.5 cm long

A rare rock crystal, emerald gold and silver set ebonised walking cane, Indian, 19th century. 90.5 cm long

Antique walking cane with marine ivory deer head, on mallaca shaft, circa 1840. 81 cm long

Ebony with cane Indian walking stick, Circa 1870s. 92 cm long

Antique Oriental lacquer vase af & eight various walking sticks and canes, measures 49 cm high

An English walking cane, by Jonathan Howell of Henry Howell & Co, circa 1921, the burrwood shaft terminating in silver collar and carved parrot form handle, retailed by J.L.Caldwell Philadelphia

Four 19th century walking canes, approx 86 cm, 89 cm, 90 cm & 92 cm long (4)

Three walking canes, one with Indian silver mounts. One with engraved silver mounts, maker 'Kingston & Co', engraved 'Hal From Fred, Xmas '98'. One with engraved handle, hallmarked Birmingham 1885. Approx 84 cm, 97 cm & 102 cm long (3)

Three walking canes. One with gilt metal mount, one with silver top with engraved decoration, one with engraved silver top hallmarked Birmingham 1888. Approx 95 cm, 95 cm & 114 cm (3)

Three silver mounted walking canes, hallmarked London 1897, 1908 & 1914, approx 80 cm, 82 cm & 85 cm long (3)

Two antler handled walking canes with metal collars, approx 88 cm & 89 cm long (2)

Two silver capped walking canes, one with engraved decoration, Continental silver marks, one stamped 'Sterling Silver'. Approx 86 cm & 91 cm long (2)

Two silver mounted walking canes, one with a bone handle. Approx 88 cm long for both (2)

Dunhill silver mounted walking cane with jade insert handle, hallmarked London 1980 stamped Dunhill. Approx 91 cm long

Three sterling silver topped walking canes, all with engraved decoration, hallmarked London 1901 maker WHR, Birmingham 1876 maker Sydney & Company, one unmarked, approx 80 cm to 90 cm long (3)

A Victorian horn and silver walking cane, 1888 Birmingham, with maker's mark WM, the tapering malacca cane shaft with a scrolled silver ferrule surmounted by a cream brown mottled bone handle well carved with a pair of mice; hallmarked. Length 85 cm

A collection of five 19th century walking canes, one Malacca exampled with carved ivory handle, 88 cm long

Tusk, horn and timber walking cane with a rubber stopper. Length 98 cm

A French ivory handled Pointing stick, late 19th century, having a smooth tapering ivory handle terminating in a relief carved floral spray enclosing a monogram, the cane proper made of noduled bamboo with a carved point. Length 65 cm

Early whalebone and antler cane. Whalebone stem with antler handle and metal collar. Length 87 cm

A whalebone, baleen and turned wood cane, 19th century, labelled M.A.d'.Avanzo, Queensland, 84 cm long

A turned and faceted whalebone cane, 19th century, 84 cm long

A whalebone and baleen fish scale carved walking cane, 19th century, 82 cm long

A silver mounted whales tooth walking cane, circa 1900, 90 cm long

A brass, silver, ebony and snooker ball miniature telescope walking cane, 19th century, 82 cm high

A whalebone, silver and ebony cane, 19th century, 92 cm long

A whalebone white metal and incised carved cane, 19th century, 79.5 cm long

A whalebone turned and carved cane, 19th century, 81 cm long