Whilst perusing the wardrobe of Catherine the Great in preparation for my post yesterday, I happily stumbled upon this gloriously sparkly pair of walking sticks. Since we are already at The Hermitage to admire Catherine's wonderful Lady Mundirnye gown, then let us linger and admire these lovely accessories too.
These two walking sticks were made by an unknown craftsman in Russia in the late 18th century. They are a far cry from my old grandpa Gilflurt's simple wooden walking stick although, it must be said, he was never a showy man and unshowy isn't a description one might apply to Catherine the Great!
Eschewing simplicity in favour of glitter, the Empress and Autocrat of All the Russias has plumped for walking canes topped by ornate gold handles, each decorated by diamonds. Catherine's monogram is picked out in yet more diamonds against a royal blue enamel enamel bearing, creating a suitably imperial finish!
I cannot fault Catherine's taste in these ornate canes; to me, they are so quintessentially 18th century that I could look at them for hours!
Life in the Georgian Court, true tales of 18th century royalty, is available at the links below.