Good evening Chaps & Chapettes tonight I wish to bring to your attention The Lure of the Cane.
For the purist there can only be the walking cane, never the walking stick.
The walking cane is aesthetic and elegant, the walking stick is robust and functional…. And please… never…. Ever mix the two up….

The walking cane is held in such high esteem that is has been sung about.
In an English Man in New York, Sting sings of taking his ‘everywhere for a walk’, he was as we know singing as in the first person as the amazingly flamboyant Quentin Crisp.

In the hall way of any Victorian gentleman home a stand would have been found containing a variety of

Other walking cane’s who’s tops concealed watches, compasses, an ivory skull with rolling eyes

walking canes some with tops fashioned into a dog’s head, with the mouth open to accommodate evening gloves.

The arch dandy Beau Brummell was said to own a walking cane, it’s top fashioned into the likeness of George IV.
Which leads us to the hugely popular … But rarely spoke of… Walking Cane Erotica.

Erotica is where the tops and handles of canes were fashioned into ………

Reclining nudes, mermaids and opium den trollops, to name but a few  of the themes that were used……

 

For the most part these shockingly unconventional carvings remained clandestinely hidden under the hand of the