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Nightstick

Object Number: 
1949.31
Date: 
1840-1860
Medium: 
Wood, metal, silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 25 7/8 x 3 x 1 1/4 in. ( 65.7 x 7.6 x 3.2 cm )
Description: 
Wooden ceremonial nightstick with metal ornament at the top in the form of a police badge, with seven pointed star and circular center depicting spread eagle on shield with animals and barrels in spaces between windmill arms in relief, with colonial figure with musket and native American with bow on either side; ornament set above baluster shaped area, velvet covered at the center, velvet secured to the baton with metal thumbtacks, the bottom area is plain and rounded at the end.
Gallery Label: 
This ceremonial nightstick belonged to George Washington Matsell (1811-1877), the first Chief of Municipal Police in New York City, 1845-1857. He led the first regularly drilled police force in the city, and was Superintendent of the New York City Police in 1873.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group