The 18th Century Nightwatchman’s Hitting Argument

9 July, 2012 at 10:05 pm Leave a comment

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.

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Rejoice! Garrow’s Law will be repeated on BBC4! And what we missed… Oh what big teeth you have, Louise of Prussia! Dental Set, 1810.

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