The incredible world of gadget sticks
The 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century became the age of the cane. The tremendous popularity then created the desire to be seen with a cane. And so a wealth of unique pieces with practical and strange handles and a mysterious inner life were created. The painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, for example, owned a cane containing a bottle that held a pint of absinthe.
This special exhibition features over 250 particularly fascinating system or gadget canes harboring obvious or concealed additional functions. There may be a shaving brush and soap hidden in the handle for men; for women, a little bottle of smelling salts; for the globetrotter, a compass and thermometer. Clarinet canes – rarities created by Swiss instrument maker Ulrich Ammann in around 1800 – are also on display for you to admire. This unique exhibition has come about through loans from private collections in the region. For this reason, it will be shown exclusively in Basel. The exhibition concept is just as unique. State-of-the-art technology will be used to display the system canes in both their open and closed states. A definite must-see!