Virtual History of Walking Sticks and Canes by Anthony Moss is the perfect gift
for yourself, your favorite fashionista, or historian. It is much more
than a gorgeous coffee table book; it is a valuable encyclopedia-like reference
book of more than 500 pages detailing the history of walking sticks and canes
with 800 sumptuous photographs and in-depth descriptions.
exotic walking sticks first came to our attention during a visit to New Orleans
several years ago when we met with Bill Rau of M.S. Rau antiques on Royal Street. It was there that we learned about the fascinating
history of walking sticks and canes and that they were much more than an
accessory for the fashionable as they negotiated cobblestone streets. We also learned
that there was much more to them than what met the eye.
It was at M.S.
Rau that we learned that some walking sticks and canes had specially built secret
compartments, and of course once we heard that we were immediately intrigued
and wanted to learn more. For example, a medical cane could have a hidden
compartment inside that would hold specially designed medical tools, a
billiards player's cane could hold a cue stick, a fisherman could have a pole
inside the compartment, etc. However, in some cases, the canes and walking
sticks had a more nefarious purpose and had specially built interior compartments
that could hold liquid and could be sprayed on unsuspecting victims.
On a more
recent visit to The Peekskill Museum, we were
enchanted to discover that among their collection of walking sticks and canes,
they had a cane that had a small hidden compartment that could hold a tiny
rolled-up note and was perhaps used as a "spy tool."
introduction in New Orleans, and visiting The Peekskill Museum, we were
delighted when we recently discovered A Virtual History of Walking Sticks and Canes by Anthony
Moss, published by Rowman
& Littlefield, an imprint of The
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. Anthony Moss's book goes into
great depth about their history and includes interesting information on the
various types of walking sticks and canes such as medical canes, musical canes,
architects' canes, watch canes, and many more, that were designed to hold tools
of the individual's trade.
particular interest to us was a writing set cane which concealed a watch under
the decorative cover, with an interior compartment that included "a mirror, two
glass ink bottles with gilt metal lids, a penknife, a gift metal pen, a
cylindrical metal-container with leads and a seal stick with a perpetual
calendar, and a candle and vesta containing match strikes" (page 129 of A
Virtual History of Walking Sticks and Canes by Anthony Moss). If you love
gadgets, you will be fascinated by Anthony's collection.
consists of 8 chapters that take the reader on a journey from the origin of
walking sticks and canes throughout the ages and how they are once again
popular. As fans of the television show, Hotel Portofino, we love how
the character Cecil Ainsworth played by the actor Mark Umbers uses his
walking stick as a jaunty sidekick as well as uses it whenever he wants to make
a point and uses the walking stick to push up the brim of his hat. What a
fabulous accessory! If you see Luxury Experience sporting walking sticks as
fashionable accessories, we can "blame it" on Anthony Moss's book.
information on Author Anthony Moss, please visit his website: Anthony
where you can purchase A Virtual History of Walking Sticks and Canes by
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History of Walking Sticks and Canes by Anthony Moss
by Rowman & Littlefield
of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.
© 2021 by
the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.
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Images courtesy of the author
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