Would date c.1850, likely earlier. Type carried on ship board and used on the waterfront for shanghaiing crews. 14 7/8" length, allowing easily concealment within an overcoat. Gracefully turned, by ship's chandler, or possibly by a ship's carpenter, with swelled striking head and fancy two stage grip emulating the balusters fashionable on ship's rails at the time. Well worn with surface encrusted. Easily the most characterful example of these we have offered.