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.
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.
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
Walking Stick Cum Horse Measuring Rule, cane walking stick with metal handle engraved 'E.J.Barton', the handle pulls out to reveal a ruler for measuring the height of horses, with scales in hands, inches & metric, made by 'Ashford, Maker to the Queen'. Als
Three walking canes, one with Indian silver mounts. One with engraved silver mounts, maker 'Kingston & Co', engraved 'Hal From Fred, Xmas '98'. One with engraved handle, hallmarked Birmingham 1885. Approx 84 cm, 97 cm & 102 cm long (3)
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