Archive for July, 2012
I’m back after a work-related hiatus, and courtesy of the Antiques Roadshow, I’d like to present to you a highly fascinating piece of 18th century self-defence:
Beware of the Mighty Nightstick!
Very likely carved by its owner and adorned with his portrait, this nightstick would have come in handy for the nightwatchman of a big house in case of a run-in with questionable characters.
This low maintenance tool kept away all kinds of ruffians, and a burglar certainly thought twice about getting up to mischief when confronted with this gnarly gentleman. And look at the wonderful details! From the buttons of his coat…
… to the carefully painted lantern (I love that bit!) …
… to the sword in his hand, this Dark Knight of the late 18th century left us with his unique portrait.
With a nightstick like this, who needs Batman?
The nightstick was dated by the expert as very late 18th century, ~1800, and valued at £600 – £1’000.