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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Edwardian sterling silver mounted walking stick, hallmarked London 1906, 91 cm long

Walking stick, late 19th century, carved ebony, with silver top, hallmarked Birmingham 1894, length 82 cm

Walking stick, late 19th century, Irish carved bog oak, with silver top, length 91 cm

Walking stick, late 19th century, ebony with silver top, hallmarked London, length 87 cm

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

Antique silver topped walking stick marked Birmingham, 1891 92 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 silver mounted fiddleback blackwood walking stick, late 19th century, 86.5 cm

A fine silver mounted walking stick, German or Austrian, early 20th century, 88 cm

A fiddleback blackwood walking stick, 19th century, with carved cats head handle, glass eyes and silver collar, 96 cm

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

A rare fiddleback blackwood walking stick with sterling silver compartment top revealing a magnifying glass, 19th century

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

Early hallmarked sterling silver collared walking stick. Chester mark rubbed. Maker Fo? horn handle.

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

A large and impressive ebony and silver handled Indian presentation walking stick, the tapered handle with repousse traditional figures within scrolling cartouches, presentation inscribed 'Col. Eliott' (Colonel Eliott), the long wide tapered shaft

An Hermes of Paris leather riding crop, 1982 London, with maker's mark for Ra (silver ferrule), the fine plaited leather crop with punched and tooled detailing to the handle, with a sterling silver ferrule and an HermEs Paris stud to knop. Length 75 cm

Antique Malacca walking stick with a sterling silver handle in the form of knarled wood, brass ferrule to bottom. Marked Birmingham, sterling, N? 80 cm high

An Edwardian silver walking stick handle, in the form of a bird, filagree feathers; London, 1912. A/f.

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

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

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