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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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

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.

An Anglo-Indian ivory walking stick, late 19th century the six section stick of naturalistic branch form 87 cm long. Property from the Collection of Dame Nellie Melba GBE

Walking stick with ivory top & a cut glass insert. Condition good to fair, some cracking to the ivory. Length 120 cm

Two walrus ivory and ebony walking sticks, late 19th/20th century, the longest 92 cm

A rare double-sided portrait, carved ivory walking stick top, late 19th century. Depicting 'Young and Old' medieval style figurative gentleman portraits. Height 19.5 cm

Antique walking cane with caved ivory bulldog head to top. Fine quality, C:1870

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

Rare antique mallaca walking stick, with carved ivory art deco frog handle, C:1820

Rare antique carved ivory handled walking stick, the handle carved in the form a serpent with wide open mouth holding a lidded top, with revealing a gimble compass, incised decoration of a whaling scene, with long boats, ships etc, approx 93 cm long

Ivory elephant ebony shaft walking stick, Measures 91 cm long

Antique walking cane with marine ivory deer head, on mallaca shaft, circa 1840. 81 cm long

An ebonised and ivory walking stick, 19th century, mounted with an ivory handle carved in the form of an elephant's head