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 19th century marine ivory carved walking stick handle modelled as a clenched fist, the wrist narrowing, no shaft attached. Height 7 cm

Walking stick with bone / marine ivory crocodile handle, approx 90 cmlong

Walking stick with bone / marine ivory dog handle, approx 92 cmlong

Whale ivory & whalebone walking stick with baleen rings & facetted handle

A fiddleback blackwood walking stick with carved ivory Bonzo dog, circa 1925, 88 cm

An ebony walking stick with carved elephant's head ivory handle, early 19th century, 86 cm

An unusual ebonised malacca walking stick with albatross head in horn and ivory with cut metal eyes, early 19th century, 86 cm

A fine Georgian walking cane with carved ivory greyhound handle and gilt metal collar, 19th century, 85 cm

An Anglo-Indian carved bone and ivory inlaid walking stick, 19th century, 95 cm

A walking cane with ivory handle inlaid with tortoiseshell, 19th century, 82 cm

Antique bone and ivory walking stick, late 19th century, the bone or panbone shaft spiral carved to the lower section, diamond patterns to the mid section, the upper section faceted and inlaid with mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell, with an ivory turkshead

An Australian Walking stick with an ivory handle, and a gold band inscribed, Presented from the Melbourne rifle club 1900

Victorian ivory carved tortoiseshell serpent handled walking stick with an ivory nib & a silvered collar. Length 86.5 cm

Edwardian carved ivory gentleman', s cane handle, 5 cm long. NB. this item cannot be exported without CITES documentation.

Victorian ivory carved tortoiseshell serpent handled walking stick with an ivory nib & a silvered collar. Condition good, minor age related wear. Length 86.5 cm

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

A Victorian marine ivory stick handle, in the form of a crouching hound, minor damage. Length 9 cm

An antique Cantonese ivory and feather fan, Qing Dynasty, 19th century; feathers later, finely carved and comprising myriad figures, pavilions within traditional gardens embellished with auspicious fruits and foliage, each stick individually relief carved

Antique ivory dogs head walking stick handle, with glass eyes, length 13.5 cm approx (as inspected)

Whale ivory fist & love token, (walking stick handle), (slight Damage), Permit no: 1233/16

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

A whalebone inset walking stick with walrus ivory snake handle, 19th century, 90 cm long

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)

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

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 early 19th century ivory mounted hardwood walking stick, the ivory mount inlaid in studded metal with a floral pattern, the top with a pierced removable cover opening to a small compartment, 91 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

A Primitive hardwood walking stick, 19th/20th century, the shaft carved with an entwined snake with ivory inlaid eyes, rising to a clenched fist, 87 cm long

Vintage silver &, ivory handled walking stick

Antique carved ivory walking stick handle floral decoration, 13.5 cm long approx.

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

Fine carved ivory parasol handle dragon head handle with coiled body amongst cloud to shaft

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

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

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.