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 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

A good ivory and bone walking cane, English, 19th century, 86 cm long

Two Barley twist glass walking canes, one in green and white glass, 99 cm long; the other in green glass, 94 cm long

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 Malacca walking cane with a sterling silver handle in the form of a putter. Marks for Birmingham. 1899

A silver mounted Malacca cane surmounted by a figure on horseback. 94 cm high

A black coral rock-crystal, silver, gold, and hardstone mounted cane walking stick. 90 cm high

English riding stick by Zair. Cane and nickled brass construction with hallmarked sterling silver collar engraved 'Thomas Scott, 15th March 1921'. Length 81 cm

A bone and cane riding crop handle, the top in the form of a dog's head

A Victorian walking cane, the ebonised stick with a carved decorative top and a silver plate greyhound head

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

A carved ivory dog's head walking cane, 19th century, approximately 79 cm long

A carved wood mechanical dog's head walking cane, 19th century, with glass eyes and hinged jaw, 88 cm long

A collection of five various metal and one ivory mounted walking canes, 19th century

A collection of five various cane and root wood walking sticks, early 20th century and late 19th century

Ebony and silver topped cane, Victorian cane with ivory knob and another silver topped walking cane (SN163,165,148)

A carved whalebone walking cane with dogs head terminal, 19th century, 70 cm long

A whalebone and lignum vit' walking cane and three other walking canes with metal mounts, all 19th century

A 19th century whalebone, baleen and ivory cane, with a turk's knot handles 74 cm high

Sterling silver and bamboo walking cane hallmarked Birmingham 1902

A repousse silver and ebonised walking cane, Colonial, 19th century, 96 cm long

A gilt metal mounted twisted bone handled walking cane, and two other walking canes, one with tortoiseshell covered cane, 80-90 cm