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. 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. 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. Drinking or “Tippler” cane ca. 1905. Dog leash system stick, ca. 1880. 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. References: 1. Dike, Catherine, Cane Curiosa. 2. Monek, Francis, Canes through the Ages.