Tradewinds Antiques to hold trademark cane auction Apr. 27

Beautifully carved cane of Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, merrymaking, theater and ecstasy. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Beautifully carved cane of Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, merrymaking, theater and ecstasy. Tradewinds Antiques image.

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, Mass. – Tradewinds Antiques, the world’s leading auction house of fine antique walking sticks, will host its annual Spring Antique Cane Auction on Saturday, April 27, at the Boston Marriot Peabody in Peabody, Mass. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The sale will feature a large 239-lot offering of carefully selected examples from all categories of the field of antique walking sticks including carved ivory, nautical, decorative, gadget, folk art and historical canes. Included in event are items from the collections of Dr. Lawrence Pinkner, Leo Delluchi, Dr. Byron Evans, and the esteemed Vertical Art Collection, with many other additions from around the world.

“We are very excited to present the offering we have assembled,” said Henry Taron, Tradewinds’ co-founder and owner. “There are wonderful examples in every cane category and there is something for every level of collector.”

The sale’s many highlights include an array of lovely carved ivory canes. A noted example is a superb ivory cane depicting Bacchus, the Greek god of wine and merriment ($4,000-$5,000). Other exquisite carved ivory canes include a great ivory memento mori cane of Jesus Christ ($3,500-$4,500), fine ivory American Indian ($2,500-$3,500), a breathtaking full-bodied ivory horse ($3,500-$4,500), a fine ivory erotic woman cane ($4,500-$6,500).

The sale also features many gadget or systems cane examples. Star lots include a fine painter’s gadget cane ($2,000-$3,000), a wonderful Masonic folding ball ($3,000-$4,000), an elegant pink gold watch cane ($2,500-$3,500), a historical beheading cane depicting a black man ($3,500-$4,500), and a scarce Ronson lighter cane ($3,000-$4,000). In the area of weapons curios, highlights include a great cased English air-gun curio ($2,500-$3,500), a rare “La Diabolique” weapon curio ($4,500-$6,500) that features barbs that emerge from the shaft upon pulling the handle, and many other gun, sword and “flick-stick” curios.

Other noted lots include a great narwhal and silver cane ($4,500-$6,500), a splendid turkshead knot on carved whalebone ($2,500-$3,500), a great all whalebone cane with inlay ($3,000-$4,000) a superb 1696 ivory pique ($5,000-$7,000), a wonderful famous midget’s gold cane with a related book ($2,500-$3,500), a wood anti-Semitic Dreyfus cane ($2,500-$3,500) and two gold quartz canes ($4,000-$6,000).

“There are many exciting and important pieces in this sale,” said Taron. “There will be opportunities for collectors to add significant new pieces to their collections, and we are always proud to be a trusted part of that process.”

Tradewinds Antiques, based in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., is in its 21st year of conducting all-cane auctions, with this sale being their 42st offering in this specialty area. In 1993, Tradewinds conducted the first all-cane auction ever to be held in America at the first International Cane Collectors Conference in Rockport, Maine. The company holds two auctions dedicated to this field in April and September of each year.

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

A fully illustrated printed catalog may be purchased by calling 978-526-4085.

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.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Beautifully carved cane of Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, merrymaking, theater and ecstasy. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Beautifully carved cane of Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, merrymaking, theater and ecstasy. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Elegant gold watch cane. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Elegant gold watch cane. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Breathtaking carved ivory horse cane. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Breathtaking carved ivory horse cane. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Beheading gadget cane depicting a black man. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Beheading gadget cane depicting a black man. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Wonderful folding Masonic ball cane. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Wonderful folding Masonic ball cane. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Scarce and important Ronson lighter cane. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Scarce and important Ronson lighter cane. Tradewinds Antiques image.