Measuring For A Walking Stick

Posted by Dawn@ Scotties Walking Sticks on 5/19/2017 to Choosing A Walking Stick
Measuring For A Walking Stick

Measuring For A Walking Stick

For the comfortable use of a walking stick or cane it is important to select the correct length.

Key Tips in determining the correct length for general use are:

  • Firstly ensure you wear your normal footwear when determining the measurement.
  • Secondly, stand near a wall for support.
  • Have someone available to take the measurements. Alternatively, use a long brush handle as a measuring guide.
  • So Are You Ready To Start A Walking Stick Collection

    Posted by Dawn@ Scotties Walking Sticks on 5/12/2017 to Collecting Walking Sticks & Canes

    Collecting Walking Sticks


    People collect all sorts of things be it buttons, napkins, spoons, antiques, cars…… So collecting walking sticks is not unusual, and in the long term may prove to be a good investment if the right sticks have been bought.

     

    No one can say you must only collect a certain type of walking stick, after all a collection is a personal choice. However, to make collecting a little simpler one could start by having the collection based on ‘the unusual.

     

    Wow!!! that is going to be a really big collection of walking sticks. The solution then would be to think a little narrower in your collection objectives.

     

    By material

    Glass

    Ivory / bone

    Scrimshaw Canes

    Wood

    Metal

     

    By design

    Animal head

    Horse Heads

    Systems / Gadget Canes

    Country Sticks

    Folk Canes

    Swagger Sticks

    Military

    Sword Sticks

     

    By Date /Historical Period

    Georgian

    Victorian

    Edwardian

    New and Unusual

     

    By Nation /Maker

    Briggs - London

     

    By Precious Metals

    Silver

    Gold

     

    By Celebrity

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/4094299.stm

     

    “A cane twirled by silent film star Charlie Chaplin in movie Modern Times has been sold for £47,800 ($92,000) to a private US buyer at a London auction”

     

     

    Factors Affecting

    Price

     

    The price of a walking stick can start at a few pound to thousand of pounds, depending on the age, rarity of the cane, maker etc. In your collection objectives you have to determine what you are willing to pay for a stick and the monetary or aesthetic value, it will add to your collection in the longer term. Like any collection, many low quality canes will hold much less value than one good quality walking stick.

     

    Availability

     

    More and more people are collecting walking sticks and once a stick enters a collection it may be decades before it returns to the open market. Hence, good quality sticks are becoming more difficult to find. But depending on what you are looking for, there is sure to be something if you search. With the internet it is a global market for you to investigate.

     

    Quality

     

    A good collection can arrive in every price band. However, it is best to obtain a stick that is not totally battered, split or broken unless you are prepared to undertake or pay for the restoration.

     

     Restoration can work out to be very expensive and may not add much value to the stick if common or low value. Some walking sticks are just beyond repair so avoid and keep your money for a walking stick that is in good condition.

     

    However, do not forget old collector's walking sticks should not be as new. There should be evidence of wear and tear, wear on the shaft, worn or replaced ferrules will show the stick holds a history and not a reproduction.

     

     

    Homework

     

    A good collection is based in part on doing your homework and getting to grips with the differing styles/ periods of walking sticks. For example if you are collecting silver walking sticks learn about silver and hallmarks.If you are collecting ivory canes, work to recognising different types of ivory and the age of ivory. As your knowledge grows you will be able to identify a good original walking cane against a poor and  possibly reproduction that has far less value or historical interest to add your collection.

     

     

     These brief points should help you on your way to collecting walking sticks or any other collection .

     

    So are you ready to start collecting?

    Displaying a Walking Stick Collection

    Posted by Dawn@ Scotties Walking Sticks on 5/10/2017 to Collecting Walking Sticks & Canes
    Displaying a Walking Stick Collection


    Unlike collecting classic cars walking sticks are little easier to store and display. However, that is dependent on how many- get over the thousands and you may need a collection/ display  room or possibly a warehouse!

     

    You do not need to be an avid collector of walking sticks to appreciate a good display of attractive walking sticks. The great advantage being that walking sticks make a great display in any size residence.

     


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