Historically, doctors are often shown carrying medical bags, but those bags tended to call attention to the physician and the fact that he was likely to be carrying drugs – especially the opiates that were commonly used as medication. To lessen the likelihood of being accosted, doctors began to use hollow canes that served as a secret medicine bag – allowing physicians to store medicine and tools without revealing their identity to street urchins and thieves.
Seamstress' Cane This incredible occupational cane holds the necessities of the seamstress' trade. Eight bobbins of thread, a thimble, and even a measure, are all conveniently nestled in the shaft of this intriguing walking stick.
This remarkably rare walking stick doubles as a practical tool for the professional geometer. A tug on the handle of this rare cane reveals a tripod hidden within the shaft, on which the bullet-shaped ferrule is placed for sighting.<br><br>A similar cane