Victorian Gentleman's Walking Cane

A Fine Victorian Gentleman's Walking Cane
The handle of carved Mother of Pearl shaped as a lady's leg wearing a high-buttoned boot set on an ebony shaft with a gold collar
Circa 1860
Size: 86cm long – 34 ins long
From the 16th century and possibly earlier men of means and status, when having to move among the masses, carried canes with a pouncet box knob with a gold and silver outer cover and a perforated inner one containing a sponge soaked in aromatic vinegar. Designed to ward off evil smells and diseases, these pomander sticks sometimes had a second cavity that was used for carrying money. Thus was the fashion for walking canes begun.

Victorian Gentleman's Walking Cane

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