Walking stick or staff form, 50 1/2” length. The shaft a natural limb with the bark on. The top of contrasting grain hardwood, well carved as a badger head with the grain serving as the natural markings of the badger and skillfully detailed including the texture of the fur. The back marked TOM. Shillelaghs took many forms including variations of the club and walking stick. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, they were integral to Irish culture, carried for defense and used in structured public fights to settle grievances, much the same as duels in other cultures. In the British Isles, the badger is well-known as the fiercest of beasts. The presence of the badger head on a shillelagh, in its time, would have been an unmistakable warning.