Type specifically associated with waterfront activity including Shanghaiing sailors for ship’s crews. Turned wood, 13 3/8” length with flared banded butt and expanding toward the top. The butt pierced for a wrist thong. Fine maritime patina with a few minor bruises to the surface. As well as used to dealing with drunken sailors in the pubs and waterfront bars, these were used by crimps who sold drunk and unconscious sailors to ship’s captains as captive crew. During the California Gold Rush, many ships were abandoned in San Francisco for lack of crew to return them, as the sailors all went to the goldfields. Many were ultimately buried east of what is today the Embarcadero.