Nightstick: carved torch top
Wood, metal, silk
Overall: 25 1/4 x 2 in. ( 64.1 x 5.1 cm )
Wooden ceremonial nightstick with carved and painted flame at the top, 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.
This ceremonial nightstick belonged to George Washington Matsell, the first Chief of Municipal Police in New York City, 1845-1857. He led the city's first regularly drilled police force, and was Superintendent of the New York City Police in 1873.
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