Good early example, pre-WWI. Made from a single joint of blackthorn with the bark intact. 26 ¼” length. Well used condition with bruises to the bark and wear to the grip. The head with radial checks from drying and shrinkage. The glossy black surface is the result of smoke, achieved by seasoning the club up a chimney smeared with butter. During the period, shillelaghs were carried for personal protection and used formally in club fights to settle disputes, much like dueling. As well, they have a reputation for being pressed into service in alcohol-fueled pub fights. This example is clearly a veteran of substantial service.