13. Owl Cane -Ca. 1900 -Very large pear wood handle carved to depict an owl perched atop of a wood stem, malacca shaft with a white metal collar and a metal ferrule. The raptor shows a broad head with a hawk-like beak flanked by two large inset glass eyes that face forward and are surrounded by rings of feathers, a beautiful feather coat with a long tail and trademark powerful talons. This delightful cane with the allure of a staff took central stage for over 50 years in an extensive walking stick collection in Illinois and captured the attention and curiosity of every viewer. It aged well and with the rightful and emphasizing dark grown patina. -H. 6” x 2 ½”, O.L. 43 ¾” -The owl is a symbol for vigilance, acute wit and has been associated with spirits. It is a guide in the underworld but an effective hunter and the Celtic symbolizes it with wisdom, keen sight, and patience. There are myths and legends from all over the world, from the Americas to the Far East. Owls, as they always have, continue to be a source of wisdom, spiritual and intellectual. -$800-$1,200 -Hailed for their supposed wisdom but derided as pests, objects of superstition and devourers of pesky rodents, owls have had a love/hate relationship with humans since the beginning of recorded history. On the following slides, you'll discover 10 essential owl facts, ranging from how these predatory birds hunt to how smart they actually are. -In ancient Greece the owl was sacred to Athena, goddess of wisdom and night, and came to symbolize the city named after her, as well as wisdom. Because of its association with the night, the owl is widely seen as a bird of ill omen with a cry that heralds death and misfortune. Today it is often seen as a luck bringing mascot.