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 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.

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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

An Edwardian bamboo walking cane, together with a weighted toped part cane possibly part of a Bartitsu stick (2)

An interesting early 20th century walking cane, made from disks of antler or possibly tortoise shell together with branch walking cane (2)

Two Edwardian sterling silver mounted walking canes, London

Antique Scottish walking stick, with carved horn handles with thistle finial, probably cherrywood cane

An antique cane riding crop with nickel ferrule and stag antler handle. Engraved 'Capt J.P. Dalton'. Length 67 cm

Three vintage cane walking sticks crook shaped with silver ferules. Length 92 cm

Two Victorian cane walking sticks with horn, ivory and ebony details. Length 95 cm

An Edwardian silver-topped Malacca walking cane; George Loveridge, Birmingham 1907. Length 89 cm

Antique walking cane with silver mount and a parasol with ivory handle

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

An unusual sectional horn and whale-bone walking cane, Colonial, 19th century. 91 cm long

A silver mounted cane walking stick with horn handle, Colonial, 19th century. 95 cm long

An ivory and Malacca walking cane, English, 19th century. 95 cm long

A silver and cane walking stick with owl detail handle, French, 19th century. 86 cm long

A whalebone bone and silver walking cane, French Colonial, early 19th century. 90 cm long

Whale ivory and mallaca cane walking stick with carved handle in the shape of a leg date 1869