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Antique Cane Catalog Archives

Patient Numbers from 1836 to 1964
Click subject above. I have these in my billfold at all times. You never know when you will see a patient number and want to know its age.

1891 Otto and Young cane catalog
This is the first catalog. Click catalog name above to see catalog pictures from top to bottom. I think these catalogs will change the values of presentation canes and umbrellas. They have taught me so much about quality and what that quality cost. Snake wood cost $4.00, which was twice what ebony cost. I had always heard that snake wood cost $200.00 back then, now I know that was in todays money, not theirs. Rosewood cost just a little less than ebony. It was especially interesting to see they carried 3 qualities of silk umbrellas, and that the least expensive one was $3.50, almost double what ebony cost, and the most expensive was $6.50, almost double snakewood. With my logic, umbrellas should cost more than canes today. It was also interesting to see how much difference there were between 14K and first quality G. F.. Then the 4 times difference in price between rolled gold plate and first quality. I hope there are those of you who have printed material on canes and umbrellas you are willing to share with other collectors. If you don't have the ability to scan it in yourself, mail to me and I will. Its in PDF format.

Fort Dearborn Gift Book 1929
Short umbrellas just starting. Notice 1351 handle folds to make it a short. I have this one and have seen no others.

Carson Pirie Scott & Co. 1928
No longer selling canes as in their earlier catalogs, just new style short umbrellas. New styles means short after cane umbrellas 24 to 26".

Benjamen Allen & Co. 1922
Their g.f. have prices of 44 and 50, which I think is expensive.

ACB&Co. wholesale jewelers 1915
$23 was their most expensive with gold shield. Some of their handles only had a 5 year warrantee, unlike the 25 year from, Norris Alister & Co., which cost more.

Norris, Alister & Co. wholesale jewelers 1913
The prices in this catalog seem high, for gold filled with 14k solid gold shields. When I first read that and saw $32, I though it was a solid gold handle, as you could buy a similar one in Marshall Fields for $32.

A.C. Becken Company Wholesale Jewelers 1912
Their selling point is that they have the latest improved perfect interchangeable handles and umbrellas

LA Maison de Lecaille of France
courtesy of Laurence Jantzen of Paris

French Samaritaine Catalog 1910-1911
A very interesting catalog courtesy of Laurence Jantzen of Paris

Brigg and Son of Paris and London
Courtesy of Laurence Jantzen of Paris

Fort Dearborn Watch and Clock Co. 1909
They say they have the finest goods on the market none better. All orders filled the same day Received. No Delay. Sounds pretty modern to me

Levin Bros, Terre Haute Ind. circa 1905
This catalog isn't dated, but notice the golf canes, which would not be before 1900. Courtesy of Richard Steffen of Florida

Mermod & Jaccards 1905 jewelers catalog
The Ladies mother of pearl only come on umbrellas. It doesn't mean no one would put a handle on them, but they were basicly made for umbrellas.

Marshall Field & Co. 1903
This is catalog 17 which means they began in 1886. The only thing interesting about what they sell is 12k and 16k solid gold. The prices do reflect solid gold, but everybody else sold 10k & 14k. The only item I see in 16k is false teeth.

Arthur W. Ware & Co. of N.Y.City Circa 1903
This is the first half of an American Cane Makers catalog. Courtesy of Richard Steffen of Florida

Arthur W. Ware & Co. of N.Y.City Circa 1903 Second 1/2
Second half of catalog. In the end I'm going to throw in Arthurs cork screws so you can see what he drank with at the same time he carried his canes.

1903 Carson Pirie Scott and Co.
Click catalog name above to see pictures This in my opinion is a dishonest company. They call their canes first quality, 14K. This is nothing more than G. F. that they are leading you to believe is solid gold. I've seen a lot of dishonest descriptions in jewelry catalogs. They would put exotic names on gemstones like French Sapphire, when it was synthetic. If they don't tell the jeweler, how is the individual going to know. I've had hundreds come in with family jewelry, that they were told was real, but wasn't.

1903 N.A. and Co Catalog
Click catalog name above to see pictures. The nice ivory horse on the umbrella, that you generally see on a cane, is less than a G.F. one. Shows you what supply and demand do to pricing.

Article in the Housekeeper 1902
It tells what different age groups liked in canes and umbrellas in 1902. Courtesy of Richard Steffen of Florida

1898 P. K. Wiser
Click catalog name above to see pictures. This co. warrents it best quality by J. H. S. who ever that is. Its also interesting that they give a warrantee like watch cases, by 25 and 20 years. If you wore it for 25 years they warrented it wouldn't wear thru into the brass below.

Otto Young & Co. 1897
Click catalog name above to see pictures. This catalog is not in very good condition, but it has some interesting paterns. It also has some nice American sterling on horn. Specificly Buffalo horn. The congo wood umbrlla handles, I was previously only able to call them brier. I also didn't know what scorched waughee looked like. My guess is nobody cares.

1897 Benjaman Allen and Co.
Click catalog name above to see picturs. It seems like most of these jewelry co. call 1" jumbo, and thats as big as they sell The umbrella handles in this catalog have some exotic woods shown that would be hard to get answers from even experts what it is.

1892 New England Jeweler
Click catalog name above to see pictures. The prices here include fine ebony sticks. Also sterling cost more than rolled gold plate.

1891 catalog
Click catalog name above to see pictures. This catalog adds Union silk, which is a combination of silk and linen. to their fine silk choices.

E. V. and R. 1889
American presentation canes of high quality.

Rest, Fenner Smith & Co. 1877
Great dated catalog from a great American N.Y. maker. Courtesy Richard Steffen of Florida

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