The Antique Show and Folk Art Walking Sticks

Yesterday I went to one of my favorite antique show. It was held in Old New Castle, pharm Delaware, there along side of the Delaware River.  I wasn’t disappointed. There were lots of dealers, wonderful dealers, and ALL primitives!

I took a few photos, but I was there to shop and there was SO MUCH to look at.

These early walking sticks caught my eye.  I remembered reading a about the history of how these became so popular in the 18th century, but where did I read it?

I thought this one was fabulous, but it was way too  pricey.

Then I found the one below. It’s a sweet hand carved bird, and I loved it for it’s simple charm. So I bought it, and I’ll have it for sale in Carole’s Country Store soon.

When I got home I remembered where it was that I read the article. It is in this years August issue of Early American Life, beginning on page 6.

Did you know that in the 18th century there were 2 codes of etiquette? For women it was a fan, and for the gentlemen it was a walking stick. By the time colonists landed on New England shores, it’s popularity soon came to a halt. The puritans shunned any form of aristocratic extravagance included in the making of canes, like silver and gold, ornamentation that they considered immodest. This did not mean that walking sticks were no longer in style, they were, but they were made more simple in style out, of “American” woods, not imported used by the Aristocrats. They even passed a law against using these metals.  Today walking sticks are highly prized by collectors, and I can understand why. They are charming reminders of our past, but most of all they are charming pieces for display purposes and look wonderful in a country home!

Forgot this one.



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