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Post by Kilmington on July 7th 2014, 9:48 pm

Hi - I don't know where else to place this request but here goes in wood.  These two "sticks" were bought on a whim without knowing what they are.
The lighter one is about 40 cm long is made with bone, mother of pearl and inlaid ebony.  Each end is made from platted leather with a wrist strap. The other is wooden possibly ebony with brass wires creating the decoration.  There is a leather end plus a wrist strap.
I would love to know what they are used for and where they have originated.


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Post by NaomiM on July 7th 2014, 10:15 pm

They look like riding crops. The bottom one looks like it has inlaid strips of bone which could mean it's made in India.

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Post by bistoboy on July 8th 2014, 7:36 pm

i'm not so sure they're riding crops, perhaps they could be colonial Indian police truncheons?

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Post by NaomiM on July 8th 2014, 7:56 pm

Indian police truncheons was my second thought.
Looked too thick for riding crops (unless you're riding an elephant  Laughter ), and too thick for swagger sticks.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on August 24th 2014, 10:24 am

They could be sign painters rests. When painting a shop sign they rest their bush hand on one of these to stop the hand touching the wet paint. The non loop end is usually bigger to grip better and they both seem to have this. I wonder if they have any paint on them?
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