According to Entertainment Weekly (August 25, 2006), the first thing Hugh Laurie did when he learned he'd won the lead role in House was go shopping for a cane. He looked all over London to find the perfect one, and found it in a little shop in London. It was made out of rare Malaysian wood and had beautiful ivory rings and a gorgeous horn handle. Although it was very politically incorrect, it called to him like Excalibur. The minute he saw it, he thought, 'This is the one. This is House's cane.'
Unfortunately, that cane was broken by a closing soundstage gate during filming the pilot and had to be replaced with a duplicate.