Collecting Walking Stick & Canes

Exciting New Text Due For Release 6th September 2021

A comprehensive study of walking canes from around the world, dating from the distant past to the modern-day. The book presents a historical context on both practical and ceremonial usage.


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A Visual History of Walking Sticks and Canes – A simple guide to the book




Navigational Aid to Entries

Foreword by Dominic Strickland


The Dandy A Poem by Deanna Moss

Introduction A Short History of the Walking Stick

CHAPTER 1 – The Jewels in the Crown: Highlights from the A&D Collection

CHAPTER 2 – Cane Classifications

CHAPTER 3 – Cane Handle Motifs

CHAPTER 4 – The Anatomy of the Cane

CHAPTER 5 – From the Dawn of Time to 20th Century Sophistication

CHAPTER 6 – The Umbrella and the Parasol

CHAPTER 7 – Contemporary Walking Canes – Alive and Popular Today

CHAPTER 8: – Materials and Techniques


Notes on Source Material


When the Cane Was King – A Poem by Deanna Moss


Navigational Aid to Entries:

CHAPTER 1 – The Jewels in the Crown: Highlights from the A&D Collection

Canes with Provenance

The Stanhope

Boston Post Canes

John Francis Crook, Conductor and Composer

Submarine Telegraph Cable Canes

The Brooks, Summer Affair

The Yalta Conference Cane

Presentation Walking Canes

  Inverythan Rail Accident

  Commemorative Canes

A Memorial Cane for Wladislaw      Spiridion Kliszczewski

CHAPTER 2 – Cane Classifications

Country Canes

  The Shooting Stick

Court and City Canes

Professional Canes

  A rat catcher’s cane

  The Architects Cane

  Funeral Directors Cane

Medical Canes

  Ear Trumpet Canes

  Phrenology Canes

  The Blind Cane

Map Canes

Vesta Canes

Camera Canes

Cheroot Canon Canes

The Greek Wood Olivewood Cane

Spanish Makhila Cane

Watch Canes

Squirter Canes

Defence Canes

  Sword Canes

  Blades and Shafts

  Gun Canes

  Gadget Defence Canes

Decorative, Dress and Fashion Canes

System and Gadget Canes

Torch Canes

Automaton Canes

Glove Holding Canes

Golf or Sunday Canes

Musical Canes

Writing and Drawing Canes

  The Writers Cane

  Pencil Canes

  Student and Children’s Gadget Canes

Folk Art, or Art Popular, Canes

Folk Art walking canes with Black Forest attribution

Cultural Character Canes

Children’s Umbrellas and Canes for Little People

Salesman’s Samples

CHAPTER 3 Cane Handle Motifs

Mythological Creatures

   The Serpent

   The Lion and the Snake

   The Snake and the Vulture

   Mythological Beings

Creatures of the Forest and Savanna

   Big Cats



   Monkeys and Apes

Creatures of – The Earth, Sea and Sky


  Farm Animals

  Pigs, Warthogs and Boars




  Aquatic Life


  Frogs and Toads





Fictional Characters



The Erotic, or Risqué, Cane

Bells and Whistles

Politics, War and the Monarchy

  Famous Historical Characters

  Subversive and Political Canes

  First World War Canes

  Prisoner of War Canes

  The Boer War Canes

  Personal Treasures: WWI and WWII Trench Art

  Second World War Canes.

  The Yalta Conference Cane

CHAPTER 4 – The Anatomy of the Cane

The Evolution of the Cane Handle – Handle styles

A Guide to Handle Types and Shapes

Walking Cane Shafts


Collar or Band



CHAPTER 5 – From The Dawn Of Time to 20th Century Sophistication.

A Retrospective View from Hunter-Gathers to the Birth of Nations

Early Man and the Primitive Use of Wooden Tools

  Digging Sticks

  Wooden Spears

Ancient Societies, City-States and Empires

Ancient Egypt

  Tutankhamun’s Walking Stick

Ancient Greece

  Staff of Asclepius

Ancient Rome

The Far Eastern Cultures

 Ancient China and the Monkey Pole

 Early Japan and the Bo Staff

 Weapons of Southeast Asian

 Weapons of Silat


Pilgrims and The Crusade

 Pilgrim Staffs

 Pilgrimage in Medieval Europe

 The Crusades

Symbolic Pageantry into the Middle Ages – The Status Emblem

 The Sceptre

 The Crosier or bishop’s staff

 The Guilds of York

 Guild Identity in Europe

 The Guild of Freemasons

 The Medieval quarterstaff

 Symbolic Pageantry

The Age of Elegance in Europe

The Walking Cane during the 16th and 17th Centuries

  Puritan Canes

Walking Canes during the 17th and 18th centuries

  The Fashion of the Lofty Cane

Walking Canes in the 18th Century

  The French Revolution

  Les Incroyables

The Dandy and the British the Age of Elegance

  Beau Brummell and early British Dandyism

  The Quaintrelle

French Protestants in London in the 17th and the early 18th Century

  The Piqué Cane

  The Carriage Cane

  Examples of Piqué Canes from the A&D Collection

  The Physician’s Piqué Cane with Pomander

  French Piqué Canes

  English Silver Handled Canes

The Art of Strolling and Luxury Shopping in 18th Century England

  London and Paris

  The Sedan Chair

  The Royal Parks

  The Reality of London in the 18th Century

  Law and Disorder

Memento Mori

  The Art of Dying

  Memento Mori Walking Stick

  Memento Mori in the Victorian Era


  Memento Mori in Medieval and Victorian      Europe

  The Skull and Crossbones

  Death and Photography

  The Skull Cane

The New World: America

  Cane’s in 17th Century America

  American Traditions

Oriental Trade: China, Japan and India

  France and Japan

  Indian Silver and Ivory

  Chinese Silver

The Art Nouveau Cane, 1880 1915

  A Guide to Social Correctness

  Travelling in the 20th Century

The Art Déco Cane, 1910 – 1939

  The Birth of Modern or Style Moderne

  The 1920s Emerges from its Chrysalis

  Art Deco Interchangeable Cane Handles

  Art Deco Characteristics

The Structure of Art Deco



  1925 Paris Exposition of Decorative Arts

  The Egyptian Revival

Great Innovators of 1920s Fashion

   Paul Iribe – the Fashion Illustrator

   Coco Chanel

   The Female Dandy

   The Makers of 1920

CHAPTER 6: The Umbrella and the Parasol

Ancient China

Middle East

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Greece

Ancient Rome

Ancient India and Burma


The Umbrella Comes to Europe

Parasols and Umbrellas in 19th Century London

The Ultimate Gadget Cane, 1900 to 1924

Umbrellas and Parasols before 1900

CHAPTER 7: Contemporary Walking Canes – Alive and Popular Today

The Country Cane Today

Fashion Canes Today

  Alexander McQueen

  Alexandra Sojfer, Paris

  Boris Palatnik, USA

  Cleofe Finati, Italy

  Cavagnini Peltro, Italy

  Il Marchesato Italy

The World of Fashion

CHAPTER 8: Cane Handles, Common and Uncommon Materials

Identifying Common Tree Species for Walking Canes

Materials used from Nature

Precious Stones


Metals and Techniques

Synthetic Materials


Notes on Source Material


When the Cane Was King – A Poem by Deanna Moss


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