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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Antique novelty walking cane, with carved parrot form moving beak top, 76 cm long

Rare C1900 silver mounted walking cane, stamped 'FB', 93 cm long

SES 1915 walking cane, made from the WWI Royal Flying Corps, cane knob stamped 'RFC', 89 cm long

Irish Guards, silver mounted ebony walking cane, 87 cm long

Sterling silver and ivory handled walking cane, hallmarked London 1893, 91 cm long. NB this item may not be exported.

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

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

An ivory 'three friends' wrist rest, 19th century, naturalistically carved in the form of a hollowed section of a pine trunk, the gnarled convex surface with a branch of pine needles, flowering prunus and bamboo canes in high relief extending over

Vintage Gentleman’;s walking cane, with golf club handle, 89 cm long approx.

Antique Victorian 9ct rose gold topped formal evening cane/ walking stick marks partially rubbed London, 1860

Vintage solid Art Glass walking cane with swirl patterns. Condition minor wear. Length 103 cm

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

Ivory handled walking cane the handle carved with monkey, gold collar (repair)

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

A 19th century ivory cane, with a faceted foliate engraved binchbeck mount to the top, above two holes for a cord strap, metal mount to the tip, (natural age hairlines to the ivory, wear and dents to the pinchbeck mount), 94 cm wide

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