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EYEGLASS CASE No. 196

Product Code: ZZSPW196

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Product Features

  • 3" x 6.5"
    • Soft construction still provides protection for your glasses
      • Flat & lightweight
        • Suede lined

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Product Description

Set your sights on our best-selling, Eyeglass Case No. 196. Featuring rigid, smooth, polished sides and a soft-sueded interior, our leather eyeglass case offers protection for the most fragile spectacles.

Product Specifications

  • 3" x 6.5"
    • Soft construction still provides protection for your glasses
      • Flat & lightweight
        • Suede lined

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Collectibles: Antique Gadget Canes

“Speak softly and carry a big stick, you’ll go far.” , Thus was the West African proverb that Teddy Roosevelt brought into the popular lexicon, but what if you’re one who tends to speak a little loudly from time to time, or find yourself involved with those that do? Well in that case, it’s probably a good idea to be carrying stick that also happens to have a sword in it. , Luckily for you, fine vintage examples of just such things are widely available, making it easy to add your belongings the rare piece that’s both deadly and dashing.

Perhaps since man took his first upright steps, the walking stick has been an essential tool, and as an accessory one wou...

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“Speak softly and carry a big stick, you’ll go far.” , Thus was the West African proverb that Teddy Roosevelt brought into the popular lexicon, but what if you’re one who tends to speak a little loudly from time to time, or find yourself involved with those that do? Well in that case, it’s probably a good idea to be carrying stick that also happens to have a sword in it. , Luckily for you, fine vintage examples of just such things are widely available, making it easy to add your belongings the rare piece that’s both deadly and dashing.

Perhaps since man took his first upright steps, the walking stick has been an essential tool, and as an accessory one would be hard pressed to find anything that stayed in favor longer. Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics often depict noblemen carrying staffs, and all the way up until early twentieth century no self-respecting gent was fully dressed without his trusty cane. They were later replaced in popularity by the tightly wound umbrella, particularly in Britain, before falling out of favor altogether some time after World War II. , The walking stick served both as a mobility aid and rudimentary protection against dangers of the animal and human variety, and the embellishment of canes seems to date back almost as long as their use. More than 100 examples were found in Tutankhamen’s tomb, many of which were intricately carved and decorated. The height of fashion for walking sticks began in the 16th century, when canes made of precious metals and jewels were regularly employed by the upper classes to flaunt their wealth. Advancements in technology during the Victorian Era produced all sorts of whimsical gadgetry, a trend that extended into the production of walking sticks as well.

, Canes that served a dual purpose, with additional tools often hidden in their handles or hollowed out shafts became known as “system canes” or “gadget canes” and were most prolifically produced during the 18th and 19th centuries.,  One of the most popular uses was to house the tools of a man’s trade, with the cane acting as a sort of vertical briefcase. Known as “professional canes” amongst collectors today, these may contain the scalpels of a surgeon, the thimble and thread of a tailor, the compass of an architect, or any of hundreds of other designs.,  “City canes” were used for more leisurely pursuits, often containing concealable vices such flasks, cigars, cigarettes, snuffboxes, and gambling dice.,  A museum near his hometown in France houses the city cane of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, the entire length of which was filled with vials of absinthe. “Outdoor canes” or “Country canes” were another popular design, doubling as fishing poles, birdcalls, camping seats, or binoculars. Yet the designs that have proven to elicit the greatest notoriety are undeniably the category known as weapon canes.

Weapon canes are one of the oldest varieties of gadget canes, tracing their roots to Japanese warriors. Over time they would house all sorts of deadly contraptions, from blow darts to shotguns to pepperbox revolvers, but the sword cane is by far the most famous.,  Sword canes were certainly made of the high end variety- daggers available at the twist of a solid gold handles and ivory “dueling canes” which held two blades of equal length lest an offended party’s opponent ever be found unprepared. But it was more rudimentary examples that made the biggest mark in history, as France at one point outlawed walking sticks in public all together after angry mobs would stab at the ankles of police horses using canes with concealed razor tips during riots. The French were also responsible for the design of one of the most infamous weapon canes, a contraption known as “Le Diabolique.” An attacker would jab le diabolique at his victim, who would instinctively grab the cane in defense. A twist of the handle would cause dozens of upward facing razor-sharp barbs to sprout from the sides, which would decimate the victim’s hands as the cane was yanked backwards. So cruel was le diabolique that it was outlawed almost immediately after introduction, and original examples are highly prized amongst collectors today.

The market for gadget canes is exceedingly vibrant, with authentic examples commanding from several hundred to tens of thousands of dollars.,  The sale of weapon canes can in some cases be illegal, though examples more than a hundred years are often exempt from such laws. A number of dealers specialize in unique examples of authentic unique canes, notably, M.S. Rau Antiques of New Orleans. And for those interested in a more modern descendant we suggest our own handcrafted Newport No. 90, which serves triple duty as a walking stick, umbrella, and freestanding sunshade.

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Ghurka Features

  • Our Leather

    Ghurka leather is never pretreated to remove any flaws, we must begin by using the most naturally flawless hides available. While we utilize a variety of leather types based on which is best suited to a particular product, the majority of our goods are made from French calfskin. Calfskin has a finer grain and softer feel than traditional cowhide as the younger age of the animal brings less exposure to the harsh elements, the main cause of imperfection. French calfskin in particular is considered the finest in the world due to the fact that farms in France do not use barbed wire, one of the leading causes of mars and scratches. As no two skins are completely alike, each and every handcrafted leather Ghurka product will have an individual character that adds to its unique patina as it ages.

  • The Stitching

    We use an extra-thick spun nylon that should never snap or fray, and all of our craftsmen ensure that each and every piece is stitched to our exacting standards. A careful review of any two parts of a Ghurka leather luggage piece will reveal exactly the same number of stitches per inch, a requirement for anything that leaves our workshop. The placement of these stitches is equally exact, precisely laid out to the millimeter to ensure that every bit of leather is assembled to last a lifetime.

  • The Brass

    Brass is the only metal we've found that offers the strength, durability, and reliability that have become our hallmark. Every single piece of our hardware - from zippers, buckles, and hooks to the smallest of snaps and rivets are made solely from this rugged and beautiful material. A great deal of time and expense has been invested in perfecting our brass zippers. Every single tooth is individually machined and polished to ensure flawless operation after years of continuous use. And since all of our leather briefcase and leather travel bag hardware is solid brass and never plated, it too will develop a unique character and patina as it ages alongside our famous leather.

  • The Process

    Since our founding, Ghurka has set out to manufacture the highest handcrafted leather goods available in the U.S. This has always begun with using only the finest hides in the world. While there are endless varieties of leather available, only a handful pass the rigorous selection process required to bear the Ghurka medallion. Likewise, our signature solid brass hardware and trademark stitching process ensure that our bags deliver an unparalleled owner experience and lifetime of use.

  • Our Leather

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    show less

    Our Leather

    Ghurka leather is never pretreated to remove any flaws, we must begin by using the most naturally flawless hides available. While we utilize a variety of leather types based on which is best suited to a particular product, the majority of our goods are made from French calfskin. Calfskin has a finer grain and softer feel than traditional cowhide as the younger age of the animal brings less exposure to the harsh elements, the main cause of imperfection. French calfskin in particular is considered the finest in the world due to the fact that farms in France do not use barbed wire, one of the leading causes of mars and scratches. As no two skins are completely alike, each and every handcrafted leather Ghurka product will have an individual character that adds to its unique patina as it ages.

  • The Stitching

    learn more

    show less

    The Stitching

    We use an extra-thick spun nylon that should never snap or fray, and all of our craftsmen ensure that each and every piece is stitched to our exacting standards. A careful review of any two parts of a Ghurka leather luggage piece will reveal exactly the same number of stitches per inch, a requirement for anything that leaves our workshop. The placement of these stitches is equally exact, precisely laid out to the millimeter to ensure that every bit of leather is assembled to last a lifetime.

  • The Brass

    learn more

    show less

    The Brass

    Brass is the only metal we've found that offers the strength, durability, and reliability that have become our hallmark. Every single piece of our hardware - from zippers, buckles, and hooks to the smallest of snaps and rivets are made solely from this rugged and beautiful material. A great deal of time and expense has been invested in perfecting our brass zippers. Every single tooth is individually machined and polished to ensure flawless operation after years of continuous use. And since all of our leather briefcase and leather travel bag hardware is solid brass and never plated, it too will develop a unique character and patina as it ages alongside our famous leather.

  • The Process

    learn more

    show less

    The Process

    Since our founding, Ghurka has set out to manufacture the highest handcrafted leather goods available in the U.S. This has always begun with using only the finest hides in the world. While there are endless varieties of leather available, only a handful pass the rigorous selection process required to bear the Ghurka medallion. Likewise, our signature solid brass hardware and trademark stitching process ensure that our bags deliver an unparalleled owner experience and lifetime of use.