Ladies Walking Canes – Props plus Eye Candy

womens walking sticks

womens walking sticksAt one time in fashion history womens walking canes might have been considered part of the costume. In high society, a woman’s walking cane might show her social station. Today the cane is mostly used as a support or walking aid when one side of the body suffers a weakness; or to stabilize balance. Women who find a need for this bit of extra help don’t have to settle for a rough stick, as today, there is a wide selection of beautifully finished canes and walking sticks for every woman’s personal style. Some canes have elegant handles, while others have a delicate design down the entire shaft. The availability of strong space age materials means today’s slender women’s canes are both strong and lightweight. You can also find unique fold up walking canes and specialized canes such as the folding seat cane. This lens provides an overview for your use in selecting the right cane for you.

In addition to those who use a cane for personal assistance, there are others who collect unique and antique canes. Some of these are included in the collection of womens walking canes below. The majority of the antique walking canes in existence are men’s, But we have found a few women’s antique canes for you to see. The most desirable of these can have jewels in the handle or ornate carvings and designs. These harken back to the time when a fancy cane was as much a part of one’s station and apparel as it was for props. In reality womens walking canes have existed since the first cave woman grabbed a hefty stick to help her get across some ragged ground. Maybe a walking stick or cane was one of the first tools used by woman.

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Keep your canes by the front door in an umbrella stand
Mom’s canes by her front door. She could choose the one to match her outfit on the way out the door.

You can find the perfect display for your prettiest canes by browsing umbrella stands.Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Umbrella Holder Stand Embossed Iron EM9WB weighted base 9 diameter Check Today’s Price Umbrella Holder Stand Embossed Iron EM9WB weighted base 9″ diameter This stand looks like tooled leather, but is strong metal. It’s a bit masculine and has a Tuscan flavor.

Round Metal Wrought Iron Umbrella Holder Stand Check Today’s Price Round Metal Wrought Iron Umbrella Holder Stand This wrought iron stand has a flared opening to allow your canes to fan out. It’s not so heavy, but is not reported to tip over easily

Oriental Furniture Distinctive Affordable Home Decor Gift Idea 24-Inch Ming Blue and White Porcelain Oriental Umbrella and Cane Stand Floral Check Today’s Price Oriental Furniture Distinctive Affordable Home Decor Gift Idea 24-Inch Ming Blue and White Porcelain Oriental Umbrella and Cane Stand Floral The porcelain stand is a pretty blue color, but the background is reported by users to be more gray than white.

Make a Plain Cane Beautiful

My mother
Betty Nelson (1923-2012) Mom passed away at the end of January 2012. This page is dedicated to her memory.

My mother had several macramé covered canes which she made by tying knots in macramé cord to create a complete covering for her cane. She had a black cane, 2 green ones and a red, white and blue cane which you can see in the picture above of the umbrella stand in her foyer. She also had a red and white striped one that she always used during Christmas time. It would not be too difficult to learn how to tie the simple knots for macramé. I know that she would start her work with a ring that was just a bit larger diameter than her wooden cane down at the bottom of the cane and worked up to the handle which she finished with a bouquet of knots. Unfortunately I never got from her the exact directions for her macramé cane cover patterns. To macramé a cane you would need to obtain a wooden cane, macramé cord, a ring and a rubber tip for the finished cane.


 

wooden walking Cane - This traditional walking cane can be used in either right or left hand. This cane is also known as hospital cane. It is made in solid wood weight capacity 250 pounds height 36-37 inches. Check Today’s Price wooden walking Cane – This traditional walking cane can be used in either right or left hand. This cane is also known as hospital cane. It is made in solid wood weight capacity 250 pounds height 36-37 inches. Look how inexpensive it can be to make a very thoughtful gift for someone special who needs to use a cane. You need to know the length to make the finished cane and then you need to assemble just a few inexpensive craft items: a ring the diameter of the cane, some thin macramé cord or some paint, a fine brush and some unique design ideas. What will you come up with? You might consider painting a unique design with enamel paints and sealing it with clear acrylic. Another idea might be to carve a design into the wood with a dremel tool and glue some bling on.

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Detail of the bottom and rubber tip of Mom’s cane.
macrame covered cane crook end detail
Detail of macramé covered crook end of Mom’s cane.

Above are detail pictures of the red, white and blue cane cover. People always commented about her canes and wanted to get a look at them up close. From these detail photos, you can see that she used a ring the size of the cane diameter and worked the cord knots around the ring from the bottom of the cane up over the crook handle. She worked on the piece using a short dowel (the 4 inch piece she cut off the bottom of the cane to make it her correct size.); so she didn’t have to haul around the whole cane while making the cover. The work is finished off at the handle with just knots or a tassel. You could make your cane cover in your favorite colors or make one for every season or special occasion or for a favorite sports team. There should be a way to work beads or jewels into the macramé knots. I haven’t seen any directions for making this macramé cover and I’m sorry that I can’t get the directions from her to post here. Looking online I have found that covering canes with knot work was a sailors’ craft and can be seen in very expensive antique canes. Maybe you can look at these and get some ideas for your project. Here are some antique examples I found of macramé used on canes:

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Found at paulmaddenantiques.com for sale at $1,850.00.

A superbly crafted antique American painted macrame cane. Finely knotted the full length over a wooden cane. Painted black – it is in wonderful untouched condition. Note the many decorative designs. A good sturdy stick. Size: 36 inches long.

Detail of crook.
Detail of crook.

Amazon.com is where to find the best prices for beautiful unique women’s walking canes

If you love blue, check out these beautiful blue canes.

Royal Canes Blue Skies Butterfly Designer Adjustable Derby Walking Cane with Engraved Collar Check Today’s Price Royal Canes Blue Skies Butterfly Designer Adjustable Derby Walking Cane with Engraved Collar This cane is one from a line with high definition designs – beautiful butterflies against a clear blue sky with an adjustable shaft and a gold engraved collar. It’s a lightweight cane.

CANE EQ LADIES CRANES BLUE Check Today’s Price CANE EQ LADIES CRANES BLUE This cane has been greatly reduced in price, but no reviews available. Such a pretty design.

Unisex Adjustable Palm Grip Cane Right Hand Blue  -Affordable Gift! Item #DHAR-9051102 Check Today’s Price Unisex Adjustable Palm Grip Cane Right Hand Blue -Affordable Gift! Item #DHAR-9051102 The palm grip is designed to ease hand discomfort from conditions such as carpel tunnel syndrome. This cane is adjustable in height and is not made for weight bearing, but good for helping balance during walks.

Collapsible and Folding Women’s Walking Canes

Some of us don’t need a cane all the time. For off and on use, the perfect option is the folding or collapsible cane. Some are just utilitarian and others are really lovely. Be sure to check if the length of the cane you are interested in is adjustable to fit your stature.

Healthsmart Folding Comfort Grip Cane Lavender Check Today’s Price Healthsmart Folding Comfort Grip Cane Lavender Automatic extension and a wrist strap distinguish this cane.

Ladies 4-Section Folding Adjustable Derby Cane Golden  Carbon Fiber Shaft Solid Wood Handle -Affordable Gift! Item #DHAR-9075677 Check Today’s Price Ladies 4-Section Folding Adjustable Derby Cane Golden Carbon Fiber Shaft Solid Wood Handle -Affordable Gift! Item #DHAR-9075677 This cane is pretty to look at and polycarbon is supposed to be very strong, but the description says it’s not for weight bearing. That means it’s just to enhance balance when walking. Love the pretty rose design.

Duro-Med Adjustable Folding Cane with Carrying Case Bronze Check Today’s Price Duro-Med Adjustable Folding Cane with Carrying Case Bronze The 4 sections of this cane snap open automatically and it comes with a plastic carry case.

How to Walk With a Cane

Just as Important as proper fit for your cane is knowing how to walk with it. The most primary thing to know is that you should hold the cane on your good or strongest side. These videos illustrate how to use a cane correctly. There are apparently two methods: the “through” method where your good foot swings through and past the cane; and a “to” method where your good foot would swing just up to the cane.

Here’s another Antique Macrame Covered Cane 

Here's detail picture and auction description is below.
Here’s detail picture and auction description is below.

A great sailor’s woven macramé cane. This substantial piece is made of wood with decorative cording covering its entire surface. There is a large round top that is 1 2/3″ in diameter. The cane is encased in tan and brown cording with turkshead knots of various sizes as well as several different kinds of interlocking weaving. A 1 1/3″ brass and iron ferrule completes the piece. The overall length is 35″ and the condition is excellent. It is perhaps American, ca 1900, and it is the best of its type that we have yet encountered, in remarkable condition. It is part of the Stephen Rice Collection. Estimate: $1000-$1500.

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Antique Womens Walking Canes

A search for walking cane collections up for auction on the web can provide a few glimpses back to what walking sticks and canes looked like in the past. Here are a few examples of ladies walking sticks and canes from various times with the auction description:

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American, 19th century, 18kt gold-plated metal fittings, maker’s mark “C.S.” delicate, perhaps a lady’s walking stick. At top is a small knob of golden tiger eye, beneath which is a long and ornate super collar engraved “M. POLE.” Below is another band of golden tiger eye and lastly a sub-collar also decorated ornately. Ebony shaft with metal ferrule. Length of handle 5″, overall length is 37″. Stephen Grubb Collection.
German, 800 silver crook handle rendering lovely floral designs throughout. Metal ferrule on dark wood shaft. Length of handle 5″, overall length is 34″. Stephen Grubb Collection.
German, 800 silver crook handle rendering lovely floral designs throughout. Metal ferrule on dark wood shaft. Length of handle 5″, overall length is 34″. Stephen Grubb Collection.

This exquisite circa 1920s lady’s walking stick has a handpainted porcelain handle depicting a lady gathering flowers, accompanied by a winged cherub. The painting is precise with cobalt blue both above and below the painting. The handle measures 5 inches in length x 3/4 inch in diameter and tapers before it meets the slender stamped 14K gold collar. The macassar ebony shaft terminates in a 1-3/8 inch long bimetal tip. Overall length is 36 inches.     This exquisite circa 1920s lady’s walking stick has a handpainted porcelain handle depicting a lady gathering flowers, accompanied by a winged cherub. The painting is precise with cobalt blue both above and below the painting. The handle measures 5 inches in length x 3/4 inch in diameter and tapers before it meets the slender stamped 14K gold collar. The macassar ebony shaft terminates in a 1-3/8 inch long bimetal tip. Overall length is 36 inches.

Above is quoted from the auction site.

What is the right length for a walking cane?

How to get the right fit. Getting the right fit for your walking cane is very important. If it’s too short, you can strain your back muscles bending over to lean on it, and if it’s too long, you can strain your neck muscles trying to adapt your balance to lean on the cane. Balance is another consideration. A properly fitted cane assists your balance, while one that doesn’t fit can worsen balance problems. If you have a healthcare professional, you will most likely get advice from him or her about the correct fit for your walking cane. There are some general rules for proper fit. Firmly grasp the top of the cane with your index finger pointing down the length of the cane. Place the cane tip 2 inches in front of your foot and 6 inches to the side. The cane fits if: 1. Your wrist hits the hand grip when your arms are hanging at your side. Another way to say this: when standing up straight with cane at your side, the handle should be at the level of your wrist. 2. Your arm bends slightly at the elbow when you hold the handgrip. Your cane should be neither too long; nor too short. Metal canes often have a sliding length adjustment. Wooden or plastic canes can be cut off to correct length. Just remove the rubber tip and turn the cane so the handle is on the floor. Stand beside the cane and, with your arm is hanging relaxed by your side, have someone help you mark the end where it hits your wrist. Just shorten it about 1/4 inch more to allow for the rubber bumper tip and that’s where to saw it off. Replace the rubber tip and you should have a perfect fit. Just be careful with your measurement because you can’t put back what you saw off.

Women’s HurryCane and Trusty Cane

HurryCane - The All-Terrain Cane; Freedom Edition Check Today’s Price HurryCane – The All-Terrain Cane; Freedom Edition You may have seen this HurryCane on TV. People who have tried it, say that this cane is not much better on various (grass or gravel) terrains than a regular cane, but they like the extra stability of the special foot. Many also report that the cane will stand on its own on an unpadded surface such as a kitchen or bathroom, but doesn’t stand easily on a carpeted floor. The foot does help the cane stay up when it’s leaning against a chair or table; where other canes might fall over right away. Buy the HurryCane on Amazon!

Trusty Cane Black Check Today’s Price Trusty Cane Black Trusty Cane is another as seen on TV products that you might want to look at. This cane will stand on it’s own on level even ground and the main difference between it and the one above is that Trusty Cane has a little flashlight built into the handle.

 Many womens canes handle styles 

Some of the variations of traditional cane handles shapes.
Some of the variations of traditional cane handles shapes.

These handles shapes can be found on many different shaft types made from mainly wood, metal or polycarbonate. Some canes even have removable handles which allow swapping different handles for various occassions. Medical equipment canes are generally stronger and not as stylish as the above. Here are some handle types typically found in the orthopedic canes:

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Orthopedic type handles

These are called orthopedic offset handle, orthopedic derby handle, and the orthopedic finger grip handle. You can see these are much more utilitarian and can provide the secure grip for strong reliable support.

Some more really beautiful women’s canes on Amazon

Check out the prices and see if these are not the best prices you can find for elegant ladies canes.

Ladies Cane Metallic Burgundy Shaft Ruby Handle  -Affordable Gift! Item #DHAR-9783600Ladies Cane Metallic Burgundy Shaft Ruby Handle -Affordable Gift!Check Today’s PriceRoyal Canes -Pink Pearlz Designer Adjustable CaneRoyal Canes -Pink Pearlz Designer Adjustable CaneCheck Today’s PriceUnisex Derby Cane Blue Bouquet Floral Print Offset  -Affordable Gift! Item #DHAR-9167000Unisex Derby Cane Blue Bouquet Floral Print Offset -Affordable Gift!Check Today’s PriceWalking Cane-Lavander lace-This walking stick cane has an elegant floral print on maple wood shaft with scorched derby handle. This wooden cane has a weight capacity of 250 pounds and 35 inches long.Walking Cane-Lavander lace-This walking stick cane has an elegant floral print on maple wood shaft with scorched derby handle. This wooden cane has a weight capacity of 250 pounds and 35 inches long.Check Today’s PriceWalking Cane-Primrose. This walking stick cane has an elegant ladies primrose print on maple wood shaft. This walking aid has a countour wood fritz handle good for that arthritis sufferer. This wooden cane has a weight capacity of 250 pounds and 35 inches longWalking Cane-Primrose. This walking stick cane has an elegant ladies primrose print on maple wood shaft. This walking aid has a countour wood fritz handle good sore hands. This wooden cane has a weight capacity of 250 pounds and 35 inches longCheck Today’s PriceLadies Derby Cane Black Chrome Plated Handle  -Affordable Gift! Item #DHAR-9784100Ladies Derby Cane Black Chrome Plated Handle -Affordable Gift!Check Today’s Price

Women have been using Walking Canes throughout history

For style, balance and support!
For style, balance and support!

In all time, the cane is used like support, parade and defence…

The marvel cane or clothing cane is refined. We took care of the
top more than another part, it is a precious element. It is this one
which gives a character, an originality to the cane. Other are used
for help to walk in the city or for an using for social events.

The common cane, it is an utilitarian cane for help, for walk, like
old people, or like traditional or special in history or like folklore.
It can be symbolic cane like masonry cane or also variant like
trade cane. It can be the medical cane, orthopaedic with several
legs, English canes or white cane for blind.

(source: from the French book “Les Cannes” by Pierre Faveton.) 

Please tell your story in the comments section below

Do you have a walking cane that brings you compliments? Has your cane saved your life by beating off a criminal? Please share your stories here. We want to know!

Please tell us about your walking cane experiences. How long have you used your cane? Do you have a stylish one or a medical one? Is it straight or ergonomic? How has your cane helped you? Do you have a loved one who uses a cane? How are they getting along with it?
Some people just love looking at fashionable canes and even collect them. How many canes do you have?

Do you have a cane stand to display your canes?

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