Rare Victorian Swaine & Adeney hallmarked 15ct gold and solid silver walking stick or cane. The gold and silver bands are all hallmarked with the date letters starting in 1898, the dates go through 1899 and 1901. The gold cap is also fully hallmarked and has the Swaine and Adeney and engraved into it as well. The makers mark is for John Robert Cooke of 4 Rigmont Street, London. He's the brother of Charles Cooke who is well know for canes made for Swaine and Adeney as well as Brigg of London.
There are 4 gold bands all in 15ct gold and 6 silver. I've seen this on similar canes where bands were added for competition wins for horse showing or dog trial events.
That would definitely explain the bands being added in consecutive years. The shaft is quite fine, obviously for show rather than support although it is strong and will take some weight. It measures 91.5 cm 36 inches in length, the pommel is 9.5 cm 3 3/4 inches wide.
The ferrule is original and made of brass and steel. It's in excellent condition but with some signs of age and. Use as you'd expect at this age.
Minor surface marks to the metal ware but no damage or repairs. The shaft is also excellent with no damage.
The item "Walking Stick Cane 1898 15ct Gold Solid Silver Bamboo Shaft Swain & Adeney" is in sale since Monday, November 11, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Woodenware\Walking Sticks/Canes". The seller is "shiresantiques" and is located in Northampton. This item can be shipped worldwide.