talks to Dawn at Scotties Walking
Sticks & Canes
about her business which supplies enthusiasts, collectors and
those looking for an unusual and beautiful purchase with new, vintage and antique walking sticks and
Can you please tell us a little bit about the background to
Scotties Walking Sticks & Canes?
Dawn: Scotties is a business that has developed out of an
interest/obsession with walking sticks. We supply fashion
accessories and intriguing new, vintage & antique walking
sticks rather than walking aids.
Digger: How important is it to get the measurements right for
a new Stick or Cane? And what should people bear in mind when
Dawn: For an individual that is dependant on a walking
stick to aid mobility the correct length is imperative.
Therefore, we strongly suggest, one seeks
professional advise as to the length, style and strength
of the walking stick required in relation to height and
For an individual using a walking stick as a fashion accessory
then the measurement is less stringent. The guidelines can be
found on the Scotties Web site.
Digger: How collectable, and how good an investment, are the
vintage/antique Sticks and Canes?
Dawn: Vintage and antique Walking sticks are like any other
collectable item. Buy quality and the value will be maintained
and increased. Buy poor quality and you may loose money.
However, like any collectable the demand will rise and fall as
the market changes. This is a factor in any antique &
I do need to establish, that many individuals, buy vintage or
antique cane for ‘use’ rather than ‘collection’. A
vintage cane does provide good value for money. A similar new
cane for use would likely far exceed the price paid for a
sterling silver cane with British hallmark.
Digger: What is the Holy Grail of antique Stick and Cane
As the field of walking sticks is so wide it is impossible to
define the ultimate walking stick. The ultimate walking stick
deemed by one individual, is the total reveres for another.
Very often it is not the walking stick that is held as
valuable but who has previously owned it. That little wangee
cane owned by Charlie Chaplin achieved a price of over £47,000
at auction a few years ago.
Digger: The gadget/systems canes are particularly fascinating
to me. What are the most unusual designs for these?
Dawn: There is a gadget/ systems cane for every possible need
or whim. The most commonly recognised being the swordstick.
The more interesting ones are without doubt, the ones that
hide unusual objects, produce a tune or simply a gadget cane
that is used in an individuals profession be it a funeral
directors cane with a built in measuring gage, a grain
sampling cane or the poachers gun cane. For the really serious
gadget cane collectors I would recommend Cane Curiosa from Gun
to Gadget by Catherine Dike.
Digger: Are these Sticks and Canes mainly a British phenomenon
or are they also popular overseas?
Dawn: There are many individuals all over the world that
collect walking sticks. In addition, walking sticks are
increasingly being used as a fashion accessory. We supplied a
quantity of antique walking sticks with specific colours and
length for a premium fashion collection show in New York. The
results seen on u-tube were brilliant.
Digger: What do you most enjoy about the business?
Walking sticks are fascinating not only in design and
formation but because they are a reflection of people. It is
unlikely you will find hundreds of identical canes - all will
differ in one form or another.
Digger: There are many varied and beautiful examples on your
website - which are your favourites and which would be your
recommendations for novices?
Dawn: I have to admit my love is primarily for the vintage/
antique walking cane. Breaking that down further and a gadget
cane or a well-carved folk cane with lashings of patina has to
come top in my ideal.
For a novice collector I would always advise take it slowly
and benchmark with your collection objectives. Develop as a
collector by experience both good and bad.
Digger: Many contemporary Walking Sticks and Canes have
a traditional and vintage look and feel, don't they? Is this
part of the appeal for people?
Dawn: The much of the Italian range we stock, does have a
traditional look. This is ideal for the collector building up
a collection as many of the designs are taken from the 18th
& 19th Century. Alternatively, many customers add
the new Italian collector’s cane range to a stick stand to
give an upmarket feel to a house or business reception.
Digger: Where do you see the future for Scotties Walking
Sticks & Canes?
The future of Scotties Walking Sticks & canes is without
doubt is to keep to the objective of providing some of the
most unusual walking canes at an affordable price.
the online UK store for fashionable walking sticks,
ladies walking canes & gents walking sticks,
collector's walking canes, gadget walking sticks,
systems collector's canes, old and antique walking
sticks or a walking cane that is just a tad bit
unusual. In addition, we also do a range of new &
antique walking stick & umbrella stands to
compliment any walking stick & cane collection or
interior design theme.
All walking sticks, walking canes, tripod sticks, seat
sticks, shooting sticks, walking stick accessories and
walking stick stands within our website include FREE
DELIVERY in the UK and are dispatched within 24 hours
or same day if ordered before 1.00pm Monday to Friday
& excluding Bank Holidays.
We have a large and comprehensive range of walking
sticks and walking canes including, gents walking
canes, ladies walking sticks, extending floral and
decorated walking sticks, handbag folding walking
sticks, derby handled walking sticks, silver dress
canes and sticks, folding sticks, derby canes,
traditional and contemporary designed shooting sticks,
flipsticks, seat sticks and tripod seat sticks.
Contact us 24 hours a day , 7 days a week by email: email@example.com
Contact us by phone between the hours of 9am to 5pm
Monday to Friday 01472 859591