Page from the walking stick product catalogue of the Heinrich Christian Meyer jr. company; rubber walking sticks with ivory handles, ca. 1875.
Courtesy of Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg

Hans Christian Meyer – called “Stockmeyer” – made walking sticks. His starting materials were whalebone, bamboo, sugar cane and later rubber. Soon, ivory knobs were also part of Stockmeyer’s product range. The entrepreneur was a pioneer not only in the use of novel, “exotic” materials from overseas. In 1837, he was one of the first major industrialists in Hamburg to use steam engines and provided health insurance for his workforce.