Leather-hilted Singlestick; Britain, c. 1900

Almost indestructible

Almost indestructible

 

 

A veritable knuckle-skinner…

The basket-hilt of this British singlestick is made from boiled leather, which is as stiff and hard as plastic. The stick is inserted through a leather tube that is integrated into the hilt, thus forming an instant leather cover around the ash stick that formed the “blade”.

This is the weapon used in this picture.Singlestick Amberger Collection

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