I have had a great many requests to tell about the materials used for antique walking sticks since my article "Getting a Handle on Collecting Antique Walking Sticks" appeared on WorthPoint.com. Questions like: Are there different types of ivory and how do you tell the difference? And how do you tell what the material is? Well, it's tough. If you have been handling these items for some time, it's intuitive but it can also still be tough. Stay tuned for a short primer on this subject at a later date. I am glad to do anything I can do to help educate because canes are a great thing to collect, don't take up as much space as some collections, and each one you find is fairly unique.