In the 19th century no respectable hallway was without a stand to deposit the umberellas and walking sticks in.
The walking stick then was not only used as an aid for the infirm to get around, but as a fashion accessory for the man about town.
They come in all shapes and sizes and make a great subject for collecting, and are easily displayed in an attractive wood or cast irion stick stand.
The variation of carvings for the handle are endless, some of course can be removed to access a small chamber for a tot of something warming on a cold day. In the 18th and 19th century there were even sword sticks, which unsheathed a sword for personal protection against 'footpads', in modern language 'muggers'.
Collecting walking canes and sticks can suit all pockets, and be fun at the same time.