Names, names, names!! Probably the most famous person that carried a stick was Charlie Chaplin with his “Little Tramp” character who carried a bamboo wangee cane. Most people in the western world would recognize the infamous Charlie Chaplin walk with the wangee cane twirling around and a distinctive hat on his head. The Little Tramp character appeared on film for the first time in 1914 and the hat and cane were sold last year in Los Angeles for almost £40,000!
Another character from more recent times on the television that we get enquiries about is Dr Gregory House in the TV show “House”. Dr Gregory, the protagonist, is played by Hugh Laurie in the hit American medical drama. In the series, the character’s unorthodox diagnostic approaches, radical therapeutic motives, and stalwart rationality have resulted in much conflict between him and his colleagues. Dr House is also often portrayed as lacking sympathy for his patients, a practice that allots him time to solve pathological enigmas. The character is partly inspired by Sherlock Holmes. A portion of the show’s plot centres on House’s habitual use of Vicodin to manage pain stemming from a leg injury some years earlier, that forces him to walk with a cane. This addiction is also one of the many parallels to Holmes, who was a habitual user of cocaine.
The walking stick he uses looks quite like one we sell, the snakewood Derby cane if you want a similar one!
Some other notables;
Oscar Wilde ‘wore” one; so did the Marquis de Lafayeete and George
Washington; George Bernard Shaw had several; Prince Albert was never
without his; and Queen Victoria had an impressive collection.
In ancient Egypt everyone from royalty to peasants used a cane. King
Tutankhamen had no less than 132 sticks buried with him.
King Henry VII of England carried a multi-purpose cane finished in
gold which contained a perfume dispenser in the top, a pair of
tweezers, two compasses of gold, a foot rule of gold, a knife and a
file, and a “haft” of gold.
Louis XIV was never seen in public without his cane, and his court
jeweller actually fashioned one stick for him with twenty-four