Overall: 26 x 1 3/8 in. ( 66 x 3.5 cm )
Straight wooden baton style nightstick with a hole bored through the center near the handle end with the remnant of a leather strap.
This nightstick belonged to George Washington Matsell (1811-1877), the first Chief of Municipal Police in New York City, 1845-1857, the first regularly drilled police force in the city's history. Matsell was Superintendent of New York City police in 1873.
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