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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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

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

A whalebone cane with horn handle and silver collar, 19th century, 90 cm long

A whalebone cane with horn handle and silver collar, 19th century, 87 cm long

A fruiting vine carved and Malacca cane, 19th century, 92 cm long

A fine flute and spiral carved whalebone cane, 19th century, 88.5 cm long

A whalebone and Bakelite strap form cane, 19th century, with 20th century handle, 78 cm long

A rare fist and dice carved whalebone cane, 19th century, 83 cm long

A fist spiral and fish scale carved whalebone and baleen cane, 19th century, 89 cm long

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

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

A fist carved whalebone, baleen and turned wood cane, 19th century, 83 cm long

A faceted cube whalebone and baleen walking cane, 19th century, 91 cm long

A Malacca walking cane with silver collar, circa 1920, 86 cm long

A whalebone, baleen and spiral carved cane, 19th century, 78 cm long

A substantial spiral and fish scale carved whalebone cane, 19th century, 86 cm long

A turned wood walking cane with sphere finial, circa 1900, 89 cm long

Three Victorian walking canes, each stick with a decorative top, one silver, one ivory the other carved.

Two canes, each with carved ivory hound's head handle. (2)

Six assorted walking sticks and canes including a fiddle back blackwood

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