Antique and Collectible Walking Canes
Practical and Beautiful Walking Canes
Throughout history, walking sticks and canes have been used as status symbols, as walking aids, and even as weapons. Walking canes, at their most basic, can be simple wooden sticks or they can be personalised with folk art carvings and simple ornamentation. At their most sophisticated, they can be works of art, with ornate bone or ivory carvings, gemstone and diamond inlays, or Art Nouveau designs. Some canes disguise swords, alcohol flasks, or secret compartments. Whatever their origin, antique walking sticks and canes have become very collectible.
If you are just beginning to collect canes, you will need to make some decisions. Do you, for example, care about the age of your canes? Are you looking for sophisticated hand carved canes? Are you interested in collecting antique walking sticks? Modern reproductions will, of course, be easier to obtain and significantly cheaper. You will find a lot more "faux" scrimshaw available than real scrimshaw - though most of us couldn't afford to buy real scrimshaw items.
When buying online, check descriptions and guarantees carefully. If something is described as "faux", you know it is false. Is it "Victorian" or "Victorian style"? Is the cane "antique" or "antique design"? The usual definition of "antique" is an object at least 100 years old. Collectables may become the antiques of the future and usually less than 100 years old.
The photo, from Amazon, shows a silver handled walking cane. More details below.
Vertical Art: The Enduring Beauty of Antique Canes and Walking Sticks
What is a walking stick? At the most basic, it can be a device to provide support to someone with a mobility problem. But, this exceptional book will show the beauty of canes that are true objects of art. A collection of 377 antique canes and walking sticks, belonging to an un-named Californian collector, combined with the photographic talents of Umberto Barone gives us a spectacular 400 page volume packed with dazzling images.
400 page photo essay capturing the beauty of an amazing collection of antiques canes and walking sticks.
There is a distinction to be drawn between true collectors and accumulators. Collectors are discriminating; accumulators act at random.— Russell Lynes (1910–1991)
Stunning Sterling Silver and Crystal Knob Walking Stick
This elegant walking stick is very collectible; a masterpiece that will become an antique in time. Made in Italy, with a solid beechwood shaft, it has a sterling silver handle encrusted with sparkling Swarovski crystals. Perfect for formal event and feeling good.
Made with R925 Silver - which means it is plated with 92.5% pure sterling silver.
Noun: A collectible object such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has a high value because of its considerable age.
Adjective: (of a collectible object) Having a high value because of considerable age.
Verb: Make (something) resemble an antique by artificial means.— Google Definitions
Swarovski Crystal Walking Cane with Black Shaft and handle
By Classic Canes, this stylish and contemporary evening cane was made in Italy. The end face of the handle features is set with Swarovski crystals.
Vine Design Sterling Silver Knob Handled Walking Stick - with Black Beechwood Shaft
This is a beautiful, Italian made cane, with a slightly distressed look to give the appearance of an antique. The cane has a classic black lacquered Beechwood shaft, and is suitable for both men and women.
Handle made with R925 Silver - R standing for Rivestito, the Italian for covered. 925 means 92.5% pure silver
a record of ownership of a work of art or an antique, used as a guide to authenticity or quality
Vintage and Antique Walking Canes - Over $500
Rare and unique walking sticks, both antiques and collectibles, could easily be over $500 in price. This high price reflects the rarity and desirability of some incredible pieces.
Obviously, if you are considering paying this kind of price for an antique cane you need to know the provenance (history) of the cane.
Avoid buying "on impulse". Ask yourself some questions before you decide whether or not to buy:
- who has previously owed this cane?
- what materials is it made of?
- what is the quality of the carving/decoration?
- is it in good condition?
Here is a nice selection of the kinds of collectible canes that are easy to find and not too expensive to purchase. The Victorian Style cane with the faceted glass knob handle is very smart.
Elegant faceted glass knob-handled cane, with a brass collar. The cane measures approx. 36" long
Bald Eagle handle in simulated antique scrimshaw on a walnut stained shaft
Vintage and Antique Walking Canes
In the price range of $100 to $500, you will find some elegant and extraordinary walking sticks and canes. This is actually a good price range for the committed collector of antique walking sticks and canes who is looking for something special.
Hand crafted 40 inches in height, a unique gift idea for a collector of canes.
With its handsome bull dog head handle, 36 inch hardwood shaft, and elegant taper, this walking cane has a weight limit 250 lbs, making it a useful walking aid. The bull dog head looks like scrimshaw, but is actually a tough polymer resin.
A Little Less Expensive
If you want to keep your expenditure below a $100, it will be more difficult to find a high quality antique or vintage cane. You will, however, easily find some fascinating walking canes on eBay and in markets.