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Johnson City, TN, United States
DoneSat, Dec 6, 2014 4:00 PM GMT

Henry Foster Cane Collection 11 am Eastern

A lifetime Collection A note from the Collector: I began collecting canes and walking sticks in 1972 when I bought, for $700 at an auction in New York City, one lot consisting of 35 canes. I now had a collection and the objects piqued my interest to learn more about the canes I had just acquired. I began looking for canes, particularly ivory handled pieces, wherever I travelled. At antique shows, shops and auctions I purchased canes whenever I found them. To my eye, they were small, beautiful works of art. At the time, I was the owner of a home heating oil business in Brooklyn and earning a good income. I was unmarried and the prices of canes were much lower then than they are today. Over the next 15 years I was able to purchase over 200 good quality ivory handled sticks. I met my wife to be, Margaret, in 1987. She loved the ivories but thought we had quite enough canes and I ceased my quest to further increase my collection. We were married in 1989 and the next year we sold the company and moved to Miami. We bought a 4000 square foot home with lots of room to display our canes. I was a boxing manager ( Glen Johnson was my major fighter) and I began travelling internationally with my fighters. I began buying canes again around 1992 but limited my purchases to nauticals and elegant dress canes. In 2012 I slowed down on my boxing business and had some health issues. We sold our home in Miami and relocated to a 1900 square foot house in a smaller town in Florida. The canes went into storage. I contacted you and now you?ve have the canes to sell for us. It?s difficult to let go of a collection assembled over almost 45 years, but all things must pass. I hope we get great prices and that the new owners appreciate these works of art as much as we did while acquiring and owning them. Sincerely, Henry Foster