Walking Stick of the Month (October)

As it’s Halloween month, stick of the month has to go to our Silver Plated Skull Head Walking Stick which is surprisingly popular all year round!

silver plated Skull walking stick
Silver Plated Skull Walking Stick

This stick is 90 cm in length (or 35.5 inches) and the shaft tapers down to a brass tipped end. This walking cane is for collectors, actors (as a prop) or for anyone interested in Skulls! It just needs some red gems inlaid in the middle of the eyes and it would be perfect for scaring people in the neighbourhood!

This is the only gruesome cane we have. The other silver plated sticks in the range are; a fox head, a toadstool and three different types of knobsticks. These sticks are all very good quality and well made.

If there is a particular cane topper you are looking for, please contact us and we will see if we can source them for you. What about a glowing pumpkin head?…No, maybe not…

Here’s a small article about the origins of Halloween which I found interesting. There is quite a lot more to read on Wikipedia if you are interested!

The Halloween holiday is commonly thought to have pagan roots, even though the etymology of the word is Christian. Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while “some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, derived from the Old Irish Samuin meaning “summer’s end”.

Samhain was the first and the most important of the four quarter days in the medieval Irish and Scottish calendar and, falling on the last day of autumn, it was a time for stock-taking and preparation for the cold winter months ahead.

There was also a sense that this was the time of year when the physical and supernatural worlds were closest and magical things could happen. The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on Samhain eve.  To ward off these spirits, the Gaels built huge, symbolically regenerative bonfires and invoked the help of the gods through animal and perhaps even human sacrifice.

In the Western Isles of Scotland the Sluagh, or fairy host was regarded as composed of the souls of the dead flying through the air, and the feast of the dead at Hallowe’en was likewise the festival of the fairies.