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Old 5th May 2017, 12:13 PM   #1
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Default IRISH POLICE BILLY CLUB NIGHTSTICK ,CA 1900

Just Added To My Collection From Early 1900s Is This Irish Police Club made of heavy Dark Wood.
Carved With Shamrocks,Celtic Harp,A Hound Dog,and has a Leather Wrist Thong
LENGTH 14 "
HAS ANY MEMBER HAVE THESE IN YOUR COLLECTION PLEASE POST EXAMPLES,REGARDS RAJESH
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Old 5th May 2017, 01:25 PM   #2
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Hi
It is made from Bog Oak, this is Oak which fell into a bog around 10,000 years ago and buried in a few meters of bog
The oak turns into this extremely heavy dense black wood.
Yew and pines also are found and they go a more red golden colour.
This wood is v v tough and difficult to work with as it is impregnated with silt and sand.

These batons come up fairly regularly at auctions here in Ireland identified as many different things.

Generally quiet short for a batton and the use i believe they are for is a batton killing fish sometimes called a "Priest".

Google" bog oak sculpture" and you will see lots of carvings and a more detailed explanation of the formation of bog oak.

I did sculpture years ago and this material blunted chisels in minutes.

Regards and nice item by the way

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very nice . I do agree with Ken , these are normally classed as 'priests' for dispatching salmon .
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Hi
It is made from Bog Oak, this is Oak which fell into a bog around 10,000 years ago and buried in a few meters of bog
The oak turns into this extremely heavy dense black wood.
Yew and pines also are found and they go a more red golden colour.
This wood is v v tough and difficult to work with as it is impregnated with silt and sand.

These batons come up fairly regularly at auctions here in Ireland identified as many different things.

Generally quiet short for a batton and the use i believe they are for is a batton killing fish sometimes called a "Priest".

Google" bog oak sculpture" and you will see lots of carvings and a more detailed explanation of the formation of bog oak.

I did sculpture years ago and this material blunted chisels in minutes.

Regards and nice item by the way

Ken

Thanks Ken,great information appreciate that,Regards Rajesh
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very nice . I do agree with Ken , these are normally classed as 'priests' for dispatching salmon .

Thanks Thinreadline
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