Nightstick

Object Number: 
1949.32b.1,2
Date: 
1840-1860
Medium: 
Wood, leather
Dimensions: 
Overall: 26 x 1 3/8 in. ( 66 x 3.5 cm )
Description: 
Straight wooden baton style nightstick with a hole bored through the center near the handle end with the remnant of a leather strap.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group