When it comes to collections it is possible that antique canes, walking sticks and gadget umbrellas might just be the most interesting collections of all. There was a time in history where you the streets were lined with well dressed ladies and gentlemen all carrying a cane, umbrella or walking stick of one kind or another. In times of yesteryear it was not for support that these devices were used but instead to accentuate an outfit, show a level of status and wealth.
Antique canes, from
the nineteenth and early twentieth century’s were often made from rare
and unique materials. Materials like ivory, tortoiseshell, enamel,
porcelain, gold, silver, various precious and semi precious stones were
used to create rare walking sticks, unique antique canes and unusual
These items often told a story. The materials that were used, the
carvings that were engraved and materials that were blended together all
were used to express the history of the time. The events of the time
were chronicled within these unpretentious accessories.
“Shadow canes” are a prime example of this. Upon first glance shadow
canes look to be a simple stick in which the handle top is designed
with concentric rings. When a light is cast upon the cane it reveals a
shadow. The silhouette tended to be of a controversial figure of the
time. Also known as the Napoleon Shadow Cane, as supporters of the
dynasty used them to pledge their allegiance during his infamous exile.
Canes come from three basic categories: decorative, gadget and weapon canes.
The most intriguing element of antique canes is that there is one that
matches any interest the collector may have. A Faberge Cane is a style
of cane that uses a combination of elegant materials including precious
stones to create an accessorial piece. When it comes to those that are
interested in music there are Dulcimer and Flute canes. This style of
cane is incredibly rare and includes a system of working systems built
directly into the canes shaft to create music.
A rare type of weapon cane
that is familiar to most collectors is the La Diabolique. These canes
were eventually outlawed. The stealthy sticks were used by wealthy
Protestants during the Revolution. When someone in the crowd would grab
the piece, the force would release little metal spikes along the shaft
and would shred the attacker’s hand. The owner of the cane could
release the spikes by simply tapping the cane quickly on the ground.
There are so many stories to be told through collecting especially when it comes to antique canes, gadget canes, and weapon canes. To view more on cane collections check out antique cane collections online today.
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