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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A whale bone baleen spiral carved walking cane, 19th century, 78 cm long

Ivory, whale bone & tortoiseshell walking stick having an ivory twist handle, with a whalebone cane with tortoiseshell inlay throughout. Condition, good to fair, some loose inlay, length, 84 cm

Sterling silver malacca cane, Crown Jewellery Co for Walker and Hall

Old Ivory cane with brass ferule and silver cap with early hand engraved initials. The cap has possibly been lacquered and there is some minor repairs to cane, approx 90 cm long

An end of day blue glass walking cane with applied white candy stripe decoration

Vintage walking cane, with carved dog head finial

A gentleman's walking cane with silver repousse top, engraved to the top 'D.A Rang Wala', with buckle band on shaft engraved 'ADE' in script. Silver is unmarked. Height 88 cm

Snakewood & carved ivory walking cane with sterling silver collar hallmarked London 1924, 90.5 cm long

Antique sterling silver and cane walking stick, hallmarked Birmingham 1902, together with two other vintage cane walking sticks

A fine antique whale bone walking cane, 19th century, the heavy cane with a spiral twist relief carved motif to the length with a crossed hatched upper section to a brass ferrule, the handle of turned whale tooth and having a compressed spherical screw top

An ivory cane handle, carved in the form of a lion.

19th century hallmarked 18ct gold topped walking cane. Dents to top. Length 91 cm

Marine ivory carved rosewood walking cane depicting a clenched fist holding a viper with a rope twist cuff. Condition good, age related wear. Length 92 cm

English hallmarked sterling silver topped hard wood walking cane London, 1919, maker Wf. Condition good to fair, wear to the handle, loss to the base. Length 91 cm

A German Art Nouveau silver mounted Guiana Snakewood walking cane, circa 1900, the 800 silver handle depicting a recumbent mermaid supported by waves, the tapered shaft with silver ferrule, probably made in Schwabisch Germany, approximate weight of handle

Ivory walking cane handle with mask head and an ivory parasol or umbrella handle

A carved malacca & ivory topped walking cane, Anglo-Indian, 19th century. 88 cm long.

A fine lapis lazuli walking cane with silver collar, most likely Mogul Indian, 19th century. 77 cm high

Walking stick: unusual 19th century silver topped walking cane with a seperate concealed parasol under the cap. 90 cm

Three silver mounted blackwood walking canes, Australia, 19th/20th century, the tallest 89 cm

Two carved whalebone wooden mounted walking canes, 19th century, the tallest 89 cm

Two shark vertebrae walking canes, 19th century, the longest 83 cm

A carved whalebone walking cane with screw-top hidden compartment containing a gambling die, 19th century

Two ornately carved whalebone walking canes, 19th century, the tallest 90 cm

Two carved whalebone walking canes, 19th century, the tallest 85 cm

Antique walking cane with caved ivory bulldog head to top. Fine quality, C:1870

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