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

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

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

Edw 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 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)

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

Antique horn and silver handle walking stick stamped sterling silver

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

Vintage walking stick with sterling silver collar hallmarked London 1939

A rare West Australian silver mounted carved casuarina wood (Sheoak) walking stick, by Joseph Dunkerton, working Fremantle c.1910. Both silver collars signed 'J.W.D.' with silver marks. Length 85.5 cm

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

Walking sticks: group of 7 antique & vintage sticks including silver top & collars, blackwood, etc.

Walking stick with ivory handle & silver collar, circa 1880s. 82 cm

A silver mounted ebony walking cane, moulded with a 1930's era car, 20th century. 88 cm high

A silver mounted ebony walking cane, moulded with racehorses, 20th century. 90 cm

A silver mounted ebony walking cane, moulded with racehorses, 20th century. 90 cm high

Antique French silver & enamel walking cane, with snake wood shelf, c:1850

Riding Crop, decorated with sterling silver horse's hoof, made by whip-maker Richard Rowbottom, in timber presentation case

A rare rock crystal, emerald gold and silver set ebonised walking cane, Indian, 19th century. 90.5 cm long