Lot 1
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Canes, walking and shooting sticks, 19th century

800 - 1,200 GBP
3,500 GBP
bidding is closed


  • bone, timber
comprising a stick topped with a polished ram horn, a repoussé silvered metal and ebony cane, a Malacca cane with a pewter finial cast in the form of a whippet, a stick concealing a small wood saw, with leather cover by Jowen's, a gold topped cane, 19th century, a silver mounted cane engraved 'Lord Pitsligo's Cane' and 'GW 1755', a Japanese carved hardwood stick concealing a polished steel spike, a Japanese leaf carved polychrome decorated bamboo cane, a painted cane, distressed, a silver topped cane engraved '1707/R.S./J [?]' mounted on a figured wood shaft, a gilt-topped knopped cane, engraved 'JW', an oak stick branded 'James Moore', a leather covered knopped example, a Maori carved wood and abalone inlaid cane, late 19th century, an ebonised and silver-metal topped swagger stick, a section of branch polished as a stick with a metal cap, six damaged sticks, two bentwood shepherds crooks of varying size, four aluminium and leather shooting sticks, a modern umbrella by Premier, four Victorian leather whips, some damage, a stick with a concealed rod, distressed all held in an Edwardian pine chamfered wood stick stand with three divisions together with a Victorian polished cast-iron mounted Ailsa Craig granite curling stone (qty)

Catalogue Note

The unusual carved Maori stick set with abalone was most probably acquired by George Forbes in the June of 1896. At this time he toured New Zealand, arriving in Wellington via Egypt and Australia. Having set sail in April on board the RMS Orotava from Tilbury docks in London. His tour was largely work related as he was exploring opportunities for developing his hydro-electric turbines. New Zealand's vast resources presenting the perfect opportunity. During his trip he found time to attend an auction of 'Maori Relics' at Harcourt's Rooms in Wellington on the 24th June 1896. At this auction he acquired several objects and was clearly interested in Maori culture.