19. Bulldog Head Day Cane -Ca. 1900 -Large wood knob carved and covered with leather to depict a French bulldog head with cut ears, braided leather collar, malacca shaft and a horn ferrule. A pair of large inset glass eyes and a wart on each cheek impart the canine charm and character. Belonging to a type, which came into fashion with the spreading breed of this fighting animal around 1880, this cane is possibly a unique example of its kind. It was obviously used over a longer period of time and displays an agreeably rubbed surface and an emphasizing, age grown patina. -H. 3 ¼” x 2 ¾”, O.L. 35 ¼” -$400-$700 -The Man’s best friend was predestined to become a perennial favorite motif for the figural cane handle, and the different breeds offered a never-ending variety. Business promoting emotional links to the portrayed dog also played a role in widening this choice and trendy species, like the French Bulldog with cut ears, were more common than others. Not surprisingly, the taste in the representation was different in every country with England and France bitterly competing to set own fashion standards.