19 ¾” LENGTH. Carved wood encased in old congealed tar. Diamond-shaped tapered head which allowed for a flat or ridged edge strike. Swelled butt. The wood of somewhat lightweight to allow for a substantial strike without inflicting a permanent or fatal blow. Used by "crimps" who supplied crews to sailing ships by preying on drunken sailors on the waterfront who were knocked unconscious and handed over with forged papers. That practice continued on the Pacific coast into the early 20th century and the Alaska Gold Rush.
Stock Number: A3428

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