Canes made of unusual materials


Canes made of wovenwild grass fibres and yarns

unusual weaving materials

On the right, the shaft of this Beautiful cane is entirely designed with a silver yarn weaving. Silver pommel, and silver woven strap. This cane has been brought to sotheby's. It appeared to be an original make from the British Indian colonies. A cane probably belonging to a high-powered colonial Indian Rajah. The Rajah of Nabka. We can see on the opposite, the fine-featured work done.

Above, on the left, another remarkable cane, made of decorative woven fibres, where the handle portray, as we may learn from the shape, an elephant head. The shaft is surrounded by a brass collar. We can appreciate the beautiful woven work done, detailed opposite. Many objects where made of woven fibres or yarns. Umbrella handles, woven with raffia, and adorned coloured pearls, will become the passion on the summer 1908.

In the retailing, the cane retail ally quasi universally to the parasol and umbrella retail. with the birch and the whip industry. There are also some cane manufacturers producing umbrella handles.

Canes are made where a man need to takes a stick for helping walking, for defence or for its pleasure. Therefore, we can say that there is'nt a nation worldwide which didn'tcreate one. Paris, London, Berlin, Glascow, Manchester, Vienna produce an important amount of canes for exportation.

For cane-making, the materials used are almost taken from the vegetable kingdom. The exotic wood used are: bamboo, rush, rattan, ebony, sandalwood, orange tree, lemon tree, almost all wood, inappropriately called "island woods". Some walking stick are made with giant palm tree leaves. Among the native wood, we find: the holly, medlar tree, dogwood, chestnut tree, black thorn, wild rose or dog rose, wild cherry tree, maple tree, boxwood, oak tree, cork oak, the grapevine. Metals were used as well; gold, silver and iron canes are no longer made; but some materials are still in use: horn, shell, hard natural rubber, melted or plated shell. We inappropriately call stick, in the parisian retaill, the woven cane, namely handle in all its lenght.

We found the following explanation in "la Science française de 1896", "Les plantes", published by Larousse: In autumn the detached leaves from the trees are subject to a germ attack; their parenchyma tarnished and their is shortly only vein laces left, admirable, but delicate. If instead of using tree leaves, we rot in the ground opuntia leaves (raquettes d'opuntia), their green tissue disapear. An elegant skeleton leftover rather strong , that may be bleached. Those fibres are well-known under the name "pope tread" (semelles de pape), that coarsly names the opuntia; they are used in the fan industry for wood application, or even for canes, and umbrella handle decoration. Before their use they are recovered by electrotyping, with a thin layer of gold or silver.

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Canes made of unusual materials
Canes made of woven wild grass, fibres and yarns