Secret Identities: 5 Incredible Canes with Amazing Hidden Features

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In the mid 19th century, the walking stick was already a revered and highly utilized object. However, it experienced a re-invention: craftsman now started to craft canes that adhered to a specific function. Dubbed “systems canes,” this new type of cane would contain all the necessary tools for a certain activity, to serve a specific purpose.

Now, as one of the most collectible items in the antiques realm, it's important to remember that systems canes truly embody a long history that widely dates back to the 17th century. So, first, a little history:

In the 19th century, the widely spread industrial revolution ushered in new technical progress and invention. Communities were now run and centered around machine manufacturing, use of new basic materials (such as steel and iron), improved transportation, among many other aspects. Largely due to these effects and technical processes of the industrial revolution, artisans were now able to craft objects, specifically canes, that contained new features and devices known as systems canes.

Prior to this invention and high popularization of systems canes, walking sticks only appealed to the noblest of classes. Now, canes now longer appealed to the most aristocratic, wealthy classes and all others were now able to enjoy the breadth of walking sticks.

Both decorative and functional, systems canes speak to the incredible array of professions that these fascinating sticks appealed to. Read more to dive into our five favorite systems canes that each conceal incredibly unique characteristics inside.

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Cigar Lighter Cane

Hidden within the wooden shaft of this walking stick is a small latch. Upon pushing down on the latch, the hing opens and a fully functional lighter reveals itself.

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Precious Metals Scale Cane

Upon unscrewing the handle, a Salter spring reveals itself. Any jeweler would have utilized this cane to gold, silver, and other precious metals and stones. 30-7275_1

 

Otis King Calculator Cane

The handle of this ebony cane is an Otis King calculator. The device allows the user to multiply and divide, but unlike a typical slide rule, the calculations are placed along a helix (corkscrew) axis, allowing for more calculations to fit on the calculator.

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Wine Maker's Cane

The barrel shaped handle unscrews to reveal a device used to measure the contents of a wine barrel.

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Fishing Spear Cane

The handle of this smart cane, when pulled, reveals a three-pronged spear to spear pike and trout

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