Cane collars 1600 to 1800
Although canes frequently had collars between 1600 and 1800, prior to 1750, canes were frequently seen without collars. After the middle of the 18th century, it appears the great majority of sticks sported collars. It is important to note that handles made of precious or base metal never had collars. This continued for as long as canes were in use.1
18th century collars were for the most part thin, narrow bands of metal, decorated with simple incised lines or tiny dots.
Cane collars 1800 to 1840
Canes of the period 1800 to 1840, the predominant pattern of the collar was was a somewhat wider band up to perhaps 1/2 inch and decorated with a high relief bead resembling twisted rope. A variation includes one or two narrow channels of a rope twist design.
Cane collars 1840 to 1865
Canes of the period 1840 to 1865, collars are often found to be without design and wider than in preceding years. More popular during this time are bands of metal decorated with raised beads following the edges, perhaps with an inscription.
It is important to remember that variations in design were not always consistent, and collars, handles and ferrules made in a later period might share design attributes from an earlier period. Also regional variations in design elements must be considered, both in America and abroad.
Cane collars 1865 to 1920
Collars of the period 1865-1920, silver or silver plated collars are seen accompanying antler handles. Of course handles made of gold, gold plate, silver or other metals would have had no collar.
Cane collar design takes many forms:
1. Stein, Kurt, Canes & Walking Sticks, P. 23.
2. Monek, Francis H., Canes through the Ages.