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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

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HUNTERS SEAT AND WALKING STICK
Jun 27, 9:00 AM AEST
HUNTERS SEAT AND WALKING STICK
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD306 Bids
Carved Antler Polar Bear Form Cane Handle, early 20th century
Jun 27, 2:00 PM EDT
Carved Antler Polar Bear Form Cane Handle, early 20th century
by Waddington's
Est: $100- $150
$1205 Bids
Antique Gold Plated Handled Presentation Cane
Jun 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Gold Plated Handled Presentation Cane
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$2004 Bids
Rare Antique Articulated Monkey Head Walking Cane
Jun 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Rare Antique Articulated Monkey Head Walking Cane
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $100- $1,000
$1754 Bids
FOLK ART CARVED WALKING STICK
Jun 28, 11:00 AM EDT
FOLK ART CARVED WALKING STICK
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1754 Bids
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A 12kt gold capped walking cane, 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm.) l.
Jun 26, 9:00 AM PDT
A 12kt gold capped walking cane, 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm.) l.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $100- $150
$1204 Bids
Welsbach Hand Carved Wood Fauna Themed Cane
Jul 06, 9:00 AM CDT
Welsbach Hand Carved Wood Fauna Themed Cane
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$403 Bids
Galanit Walking Stick Head
Jun 30, 8:00 PM EET
Galanit Walking Stick Head
by Clar Auction
Est: ₺2,000- ₺3,000
₺1,1003 Bids
MUSHROOM WALKING STICK
Jun 27, 4:00 PM CDT
MUSHROOM WALKING STICK
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$33 Bids
Antique Novelty French Bulldog Walking Stick
Jun 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Novelty French Bulldog Walking Stick
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $100- $1,000
$2003 Bids
Antique cane stand with 13 collectible canes
Jun 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique cane stand with 13 collectible canes
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$602 Bids
Antique English Carved Wood Parrot Cane
Jun 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique English Carved Wood Parrot Cane
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$502 Bids
MUSHROOM WALKING STICK
Jun 27, 4:00 PM CDT
MUSHROOM WALKING STICK
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
A brass cane with dragon motif finial
Jul 01, 12:00 PM PDT
A brass cane with dragon motif finial
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $80- $150
$202 Bids
Antique Carved Bone And Sterling Silver Equestrian Cane
Jun 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Carved Bone And Sterling Silver Equestrian Cane
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $100- $1,000
$1002 Bids
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HAND CRAVED WALKING STICK WITH CREST
Jun 27, 9:00 AM AEST
HAND CRAVED WALKING STICK WITH CREST
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD202 Bids
Antique 10K Gold Filled Handled Presentation Cane
Jun 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique 10K Gold Filled Handled Presentation Cane
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$252 Bids
Three antique canes
Jun 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Three antique canes
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$502 Bids
Antique Walking Stick Depicting a Carved Dyed Pink Shagreen Duck Head Grip with Glass Eyes, 19th Century
Jul 06, 9:30 AM EDT
Antique Walking Stick Depicting a Carved Dyed Pink Shagreen Duck Head Grip with Glass Eyes, 19th Century
by Rafael Osona Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,250
$7001 Bid
ANTIQUE BRASS TELESCOPE CANE
Jun 30, 11:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE BRASS TELESCOPE CANE
by Americana Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
A WOOD DARWISH STICK WITH SUCHLIKE KASHKUL HANDLE
Jul 10, 2:30 PM BST
A WOOD DARWISH STICK WITH SUCHLIKE KASHKUL HANDLE
by Mayfair Auction House
Est: £750- £1,250
£3601 Bid
(5) VINTAGE WALKING STICKS.
Jun 29, 10:00 AM PDT
(5) VINTAGE WALKING STICKS.
by D.G.W. Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $250- $400
$1201 Bid
WALKING CANE DEER HEAD
Jun 27, 4:00 PM CDT
WALKING CANE DEER HEAD
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Canes & Walking Sticks


Hutchinson Scott Limited

Hutchinson Scott Limited

Akiba Galleries

Akiba Galleries

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Setdart Auction House

Setdart Auction House