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 silver mounted fiddleback blackwood walking stick, late 19th century, 86.5 cm

A fine silver mounted walking stick, German or Austrian, early 20th century, 88 cm

A fiddleback blackwood walking stick, 19th century, with carved cats head handle, glass eyes and silver collar, 96 cm

A Cantonese silver mounted walking cane, late 19th century, 92.5 cm

A rare fiddleback blackwood walking stick with sterling silver compartment top revealing a magnifying glass, 19th century

A silver mounted carved English beech walking cane, 19th century, 92.5 cm

Early hallmarked sterling silver collared walking stick. Chester mark rubbed. Maker Fo? horn handle.

A late Victorian silver, ivory and malacca cane walking stick, the approximate T-form ivory handle with decorative embossed silver cap ends and fitting to the tapered malacca shaft, engraved 'W.S.' reputedly a presentation upon the achievement of b

A large and impressive ebony and silver handled Indian presentation walking stick, the tapered handle with repousse traditional figures within scrolling cartouches, presentation inscribed 'Col. Eliott' (Colonel Eliott), the long wide tapered shaft

An Hermes of Paris leather riding crop, 1982 London, with maker's mark for Ra (silver ferrule), the fine plaited leather crop with punched and tooled detailing to the handle, with a sterling silver ferrule and an HermEs Paris stud to knop. Length 75 cm

Antique Malacca walking stick with a sterling silver handle in the form of knarled wood, brass ferrule to bottom. Marked Birmingham, sterling, N? 80 cm high

An Edwardian silver walking stick handle, in the form of a bird, filagree feathers; London, 1912. A/f.

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

A 44th Battalion, West Australian Rifles, silver topped walking stick, length 92 cm

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

Vintage continental silver handled walking stick, by C.G. Hallberg

Antique walking sticks with English hallmarked silver furnishings (3)

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 cherrywood & sterling silver walking stick, length 93 cm approx.

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

Vintage carved dogs head walking stick, with silver mount, L91 cm approx

Edwardian hallmarked sterling silver mounted walking stick, hallmarked 1905. Length 77 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

Antique Zair (London) riding crop with silver plated dog shaped handle, 48 cm long approx

A vintage walking stick, the shaft comprising of shark vertebrae, the silver plate handle in the form of a horse’s head, horn and brass ferrell to base. Length 35 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

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

Ebony walking stick with horn handle and engraved sterling silver collar hallmarked London 1913, 91 cm long

A Sessionist style whale tooth handled walking stick early 20th century ebonised wood stand with hand beaten sterling silver mounts, possibly Austro-Hungarian, 72 cm high (crack to tooth)

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