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Hi everyone, I wonder if you can help me out? A couple of years ago I started to collect walking canes, and recently I bought an antique cane with a silver collar, and from the hallmark it was shown to be made about 1905. I am fairly sure that the shaft is made of some type of wood, but I might be wrong. I have downloaded an image of the shaft to show you all. As you will see it resembles a series of blisters, but is extremely attractive. Does any kind person have any idea what it is? Wood Sports equipment Rectangle Jewellery Hardwood
 

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Hi mehig
Many thanks for your reply. Are there varieties of cacti that are strong and rigid enough to be used as a stick, because you could be correct. One of my friends has suggested that the stick is actually a tree root? But in truth when I've had a good look at the end of the stick, it doesn't look too much like wood. The stick is actually quite light, being just 290g.
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I was at an antique show yesterday and saw an unusual stick. It appeared to be three round strips of rawhide tightly twisted around a steel rod. It gave the appearance of a twisted stick but was much too regular to be that. Then it had a horn handle that was carved to match the twist.

The rawhide was almost black and gave the appearance of wood.
 

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Nice looking stick!

Do a search for date palm sticks. They're made using the stalks that the dates grow on. It looks very similar to them though I was thinking the bumps are more neatly arranged on those.

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I was at an antique show yesterday and saw an unusual stick. It appeared to be three round strips of rawhide tightly twisted around a steel rod. It gave the appearance of a twisted stick but was much too regular to be that. Then it had a horn handle that was carved to match the twist.

The rawhide was almost black and gave the appearance of wood.
That sounds a lot like a bull penis stick. They're still being made.

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Hi again mehig
You might be right with your idea of the cane being a thorn stem. I have however yet to find on the Internet, a stem with such blisters. I will keep looking.
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Hi again mehig
You might be right with your idea of the cane being a thorn stem. I have however yet to find on the Internet, a stem with such blisters. I will keep looking.
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40 years ago in Belize I saw a similar walking stick that belonged to a Belizian fisherman with a bone handle. I've been searching online for a picture as well...no joy! http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/66650/#b
 

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Hi everyone
I took the walking stick to a large antique fair at the weekend. I was pointed in direction of an expert in walking sticks. I showed him the stick and he advised me immediately that he had seen quite a few such sticks in the past, and that The shaft as made from a bulls penis.
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