In this installment on antique collectable canes we will take a more extensive look into system canes. Of all canes, the system cane is the most popular type for collectors because there are a ton of styles to choose from. The system canes, often referred to as weapon canes, were created to serve a dual purpose. These canes often hid their actual purpose within. System canes were often owned by the wealthiest women and men. They often owned more than one and they were used in the same manner that individuals use wallets and purses.
There are four types of systematic canes based on what purpose they served including:
Professional Canes: This style of cane was used mainly by tradesmen and business professionals to carry the tools and accessories of their trades.
City Canes: The city cane is most like the decorative cane in that it they were used as fashion accessories. They mainly were used to store the items of necessity such as watches, opera glasses, cameras and such.
Musical Canes: Canes that are classified as musical canes also served the purpose of an instrument like flutes and violins.
Outdoor Canes: The outdoor cane keeps hidden the items one would need on outdoor adventures such as fishing, lawn games, bird watching and more.
Weapon Canes: This is the most collectable of all systematic canes. These canes conceal weapons of all kinds such as swords, daggers, guns and particular tricky weapons that are outfitted with retractable spikes and razors.
There are so many unique styles of systematic canes for collectors to choose from including a number of popular styles for the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. When it comes to collecting system canes it is important to check to be sure the canes contents are in complete order. This type of antique cane, since highly prized by collectors, tends to be a bit more expensive. A collection of system canes is a much more valuable and exclusive compilation.
In my opinion system canes are the most compelling styles of canes to collect. Whether you desire functional, accessorial, utilitarian or simplistic collections antique systematic canes have much to offer. In our next installment into antique canes we will dive deeper into the actual anatomy of canes, different display ideas and basic how-to’s on building a one of a kind collection. Cane collectors are always looking for exclusive pieces that are matchless and uncommon in the world of collecting. A collection of system canes is sure to offer this.