Outdoor canes

Outdoor canes held the items needed for outdoor activities such as fishing, bird watching, lawn games, picnic and tippling or whiskey flask canes.

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Dual purpose picnic cane, German, Early 1900s. Silver knob in classic shape with ribbed body and engraved initials “GB”, ebony shaft and a horn ferrule. The knob with a full set of German hallmarks pulls out to reveal a 6 ½” long fitted fork and knife set with white metal and ebony handles and steel blades one of them stamped “TEMPLE”. Useful and rarely encountered sys­tem cane. For similar pieces see Catherine Dike, Cane Curiosa, Chapter 2, Food and Drink. H. 1 ¾” x 1 ½”, O.L. 36 ¼”. Image courtesy of Kimball M. Sterling Inc., #102, Dual Purpose Picnic Cane-German, Early 1900’s, February 4, 2012.
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Cricket cage cane. Late 19th century-Unscrewing coquilla nut container knob engine elaborately turned in the Revival taste, ivory collar and a Malacca shaft with a horn ferrule. Manufactured in London for a local and wealthy Chinese community, rarely encountered and most likely Henry Howell, Birmingham. H. 2 3/4” x 1 1/2”, O.L. 35 3/4”. Could possibly and appropriately be categorized as a professional cane. Image courtesy of Kimball M. Sterling Inc., #148, Cricket Cage Cane, February 4, 2012.
Tippler's cane (2)
Drinking or “Tippler” cane ca. 1905.
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Dog leash system stick, ca. 1880.
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Ca. 1850-1870, 35” long. The shaft is actually metal and hollow, with a dark wood veneer. The handle is also metal with a wood veneer, made to imitate whangee bamboo. Thin stamped Sterling collar with additional length of veneered metal, which leads to a second (gold-painted) collar and the point where the cane separates. The cane was made with a handle that separates from the shaft; this may have contained a drinking flask, but does not appear to be missing any pieces.

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References:

1.   Dike, Catherine, Cane Curiosa.
2.   Monek, Francis, Canes through the Ages.

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