JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – LiveAuctioneers and Kimball M. Sterling Inc. team up again for a presentation of 249 lots of antique canes and walking sticks for the Winter Cane Auction on Saturday, Feb. 16, beginning at 11 a.m. EST.
Sterling is the largest canes auction house in the world presenting over six auctions per year live on the Internet and in various locations including Tennessee and Las Vegas. New Orleans is coming soon.
This auction will have canes from a European collection including many Tiffany silver canes, carved ivory erotic and hardstone “objects of virtue.” The erotic ivories consist of a group of some interesting nudes from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. A collection of sword canes is also included in this consignment. A full tortoise cane from the Andrew K. “AK” Forthmann, the King of California soap, estate is a prime example of a shell presentation with his monogram appearing in gold. There are 30 canes from this estate including full whalebone and defensive canes. There will be four other collections and consignments in this auction from three countries.
Nautical canes are also strong in this auction including full whalebone shafts and carved tooth handles. All nautical canes presented in this auction are over 125 years old. Kimball M. Sterling does not accept modern whale canes for consignment.
Sterling advises collectors to take some time to look at the catalog. He says antique canes have many crossover categories for other fields of collecting including dogs, horses, historical, fraternal and much more. Many canes represent occupations from dentist to undertakers.
Offered in this auction is a Hemès Cannes et Pommeaux scarf from the 1980s. Side selections other than canes also include cane stands and cases.
The auction will be held in-house and live on liveauctioneers.com. Additional information and printed full-color catalogs are available from by calling the Winter Cane Auction at 423-773-4073.
View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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