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Right: this fine selection of late Victorian and Edwardian ivory-topped canes are, from left to right: a parrot with glass eyes and white metal collar which made £550; a harlequin’s head with a silver mount and presentation inscription dated 1908 (£450); a stylised bulldog’s head with engraved silver collar marked for 1912 (£160); an owl with foliate-engraved silver collar, Birmingham 1896 (£180); a head of a man in a tricorn hat (£180); hand clutching an egg with a serpent wrapped around the wrist (£320); clenched fist (£320); a skull mounted on a branch with an entwined serpent (£180).

Below right: the best selling cane from the collection, carved with nine hunting dogs’ heads, which sold well below estimate at £950.