Collecting Canes

Decorative handles raise cane’s value

Cincinnati.Com » The Enquirer
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Wes Cowan

“Many canes were made in England and Japan and exported around the world, particularly to America. However, a distinctive type of American cane originating in the gold regions of California incorporated polished pieces of quartz bearing flecks of the precious metal. These are highly prized, especially gold quartz canes with presentation inscriptions. They can command thousands on the market.

My favorite category is canes carved by American folk artists. Reflecting personal themes and whims of the carver, these are compelling examples of the genius of untrained artists.

Collectible canes can be purchased at all price points — a few dollars for a simple “crook” cane to tens of thousands for rare jeweled examples. They’re also fun to display.”

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