Until the beginning of the 20th century, the cane was an important accessory in men’s fashion, replacing the sword as an attribute of the gentleman. Less frequently, it was also a feminine accessory. Worn for stylistic rather than practical reasons, the cane evolved to reflect the taste and wealth of its owner. Three parts make up a cane: a small metal tip, a long wooden shaft and a handle made of metal, wood, ivory, bone or stone. This men’s cane has a brass pommel bearing the initials of its owner, N. L. Ball, who lives in the upscale Wellington Crescent neighbourhood of Winnipeg. Unknown donator.

Adoption price: $100