OR BADGES OF OFFICE
Bishop's Crozier or shepherd's crook, tipstaff's cane or Black Rod in
the Houses of Parliament are fairly obvious examples, but how about the
gold headed cane for doctors of medicine, cavalry officers, politicians
The silver top cane on a black shaft for bankers, funeral directors and
Ecclesiastical "dodsmen" the forerunners of architects or surveyors
had such canes, and just as a point of interest any town that ends with
"dod" was probably a base for such activity.
The clenched fist was used by rent collectors to hold up against the window
above the front doors to announce their presence.
First World War pilots carried Partridge cane walking sticks or sticks
made from aeroplane propellors.
Members of the legal profession had silver top canes on Malacca, and bakers
or caterers often carried an ivory ball topped cane which had evolved
from a guild's cane, representing a ball of dough.
The list is endless.
it would not be politically correct to judge a person by the cut of his
clothes or the type of car he drives, but wind the clock back a century
or so and there you have it.
Poor person looked poor, rich person looked rich, and you don't have to
be a rocket scientist to work out that invariably an expensive cane announced
that the owner was from "the top drawer"... so my friends, gold,
silver, semi precious stones or imported rarities said..."You've
a heavy cane and you have half a chance of defending yourself.
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) successfully defended himself against six
ruffians with his heavy oak cane.
Sherlock Holmes used a "Penang Lawyer", and John Steed in "The
Avengers" had his sword cane.
We of course do not advocate violence, but put it this way it's cheaper
to purchase a cane than a coffin.
Sticks have always been used to keep animals away, not to hit them, but
just to point the stick at an aggressive dog. They will, I hope, back
away. A blind animal is a dead animal in the jungle and one hopes that
it's inherent in the particular dog which threatens you.
Now I can't say for sure that it will always work, and please don't blame
me if you get bitten trying it.
IT'S JUST A THEORY, oh but then think of the lion tamer holding back a
pride of lions with a chair, pointing the legs at the beasts... and yes,
you're ahead of me aren't you...
I know, don't bother to buy a stick, walk down the road, with a dining
room chair....you heard it from me first!