Loading Spinner

Canes & Walking Sticks

For many people, the mere mention of a cane or walking stick conjures images of crutches used by frail, elderly types to support and steady themselves. But between the mid-16th century and the 1930s, canes were popular, fashionable accessories carried by ladies and gentlemen.

Made from wood, animal horn, bone, or porcelain, they may also be inlaid or topped with precious gemstones. With gorgeous details and an exotic appeal, wooden canes are statement pieces that finish off a look with elegant style.

Antique walking sticks are typically grouped into three categories: folk art canes, city sticks, and gadget (or systems) canes. The most interesting of these is the gadget canes, which stealthily conceal everything from weapons to alcohol, perfume, or specialty equipment like medical supplies or fishing gear.

Whether a 19th-century seat antique cane, which folds out to form a three-legged stool, or Tyrolean walking sticks that may have helped someone trek through the Swiss Alps, antique canes are much more than tools for practical support. Rather, they are collectible trophies offering beautifully crafted windows into past.

Quick Facts

  • An archaeological excavation of the tomb of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen unearthed 130 canes and walking sticks dating back to his rule during the 14th century B.C. Tutankhamen had a club foot, calling for the use of the now centuries-old canes
  • In 2004, a handcrafted wooden cane with a carved owl and snake owned by country singing legend Johnny Cash sold for $78,000 at a Sotheby's auction in New York
  • An ornately-carved walking stick used by British master magician Cardini was part of a lot that sold for $11,000 in April 2013 at Pook & Pook Auctions

Recommended Items at Auction

See all items

STERLING SILVER & LAPIS CANE WALKING STICK
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
STERLING SILVER & LAPIS CANE WALKING STICK
by Imperial Auction
Est: $300- $400
$908 Bids
STERLING SILVER CANE CARVED HORN HANDLE
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
STERLING SILVER CANE CARVED HORN HANDLE
by Imperial Auction
Est: $200- $300
$907 Bids
Two Carved Wood Walking Sticks
Sep 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Two Carved Wood Walking Sticks
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$457 Bids
LATTICE WORK STERLING SILVER CANE FRENCH
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
LATTICE WORK STERLING SILVER CANE FRENCH
by Imperial Auction
Est: $100- $200
$605 Bids
SENATOR WARNER'S WALKING STICK WITH WHITE DOG HANDLE Length: 37 1/2 in. (95.25 cm.)
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
SENATOR WARNER'S WALKING STICK WITH WHITE DOG HANDLE Length: 37 1/2 in. (95.25 cm.)
by Potomack Company
Est: $100- $200
$2755 Bids
SENATOR WARNER'S CANE WITH HORN HANDLE Length: 37 1/2 in. (95.25 cm.)
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
SENATOR WARNER'S CANE WITH HORN HANDLE Length: 37 1/2 in. (95.25 cm.)
by Potomack Company
Est: $80- $150
$905 Bids
SENATOR WARNER'S WALKING STICK WITH DOG HANDLE Length: 51 1/2 in. (130.81 cm.)
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
SENATOR WARNER'S WALKING STICK WITH DOG HANDLE Length: 51 1/2 in. (130.81 cm.)
by Potomack Company
Est: $100- $200
$1754 Bids
bp parity badge
3 WALKING STICKS - ONE IS CARVED IN THE FORM OF A DOG'S HEAD
Sep 29, 9:00 AM AEST
3 WALKING STICKS - ONE IS CARVED IN THE FORM OF A DOG'S HEAD
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD304 Bids
F.S.& CO CANE GOLD KNOB VICTORIAN WALKING STICK
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
F.S.& CO CANE GOLD KNOB VICTORIAN WALKING STICK
by Imperial Auction
Est: $200- $300
$703 Bids
ANTIQUE GOLD FILLED KNOB CANE WALKING STICK
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE GOLD FILLED KNOB CANE WALKING STICK
by Imperial Auction
Est: $200- $400
$503 Bids
SENATOR WARNER'S HORN HANDLE MEASURING CANE Length: 36 7/8 in. (93.66 cm.)
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
SENATOR WARNER'S HORN HANDLE MEASURING CANE Length: 36 7/8 in. (93.66 cm.)
by Potomack Company
Est: $100- $200
$703 Bids
MINOTS LIGHTHOUSE 1851 CANE
Oct 02, 11:00 AM EDT
MINOTS LIGHTHOUSE 1851 CANE
by Americana Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2752 Bids
Two Antique Bone Handle Shaving Canes Brush Cut-Throat Razor Hidden Compartments
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Two Antique Bone Handle Shaving Canes Brush Cut-Throat Razor Hidden Compartments
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $150- $200
$1502 Bids
SENATOR WARNER'S EAGLE CARVED SPHERE WALKING STICK Length: 37 in. (93.98 cm.)
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
SENATOR WARNER'S EAGLE CARVED SPHERE WALKING STICK Length: 37 in. (93.98 cm.)
by Potomack Company
Est: $80- $150
$702 Bids
Antique Horn Handle Walking Cane With Toledo Sword Blade
Oct 01, 10:00 AM CDT
Antique Horn Handle Walking Cane With Toledo Sword Blade
by Sofe Design Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2752 Bids
Antique Carved Walking Cane With Dagger Blade
Oct 01, 10:00 AM CDT
Antique Carved Walking Cane With Dagger Blade
by Sofe Design Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$3252 Bids
SENATOR WARNER'S DERBY BAMBOO CANE Length: 37 in. (93.98 cm.)
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
SENATOR WARNER'S DERBY BAMBOO CANE Length: 37 in. (93.98 cm.)
by Potomack Company
Est: $80- $150
$402 Bids
An antique ebony walking stick
Oct 02, 12:00 PM AEDT
An antique ebony walking stick
by Gibson's Auctions
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1202 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Canes & Walking Sticks


Potomack Company

Potomack Company

Americana Auctions

Americana Auctions

Sofe Design Auctions

Sofe Design Auctions