Antique,18th century, Polish nobleman walking stick, Obuszek, the brass head in the form of War Hammer – Nadziak, with rounded hammer-face and faced stem, and down-curved faced beak-shaped rear-fluke, mounted on its original black painted wooden haft.
The waking cane, Obuszek, with the head in the form of the war hammer, nadziak, was very popular among polish nobles during the 17th and 18th century, and was used, not only as a waking stick, but also, as a deadly weapon often used in brawls. So it was forbidden to carry it in local councils, and as well in churches. In old Poland wearing an obuszek was so widespread that it even had a rhymed saying: "Bez karabeli ani z pościeli, bez obuszka ani od łóżka."
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length; 79.7 cm (31 3/8 in), length of the head; 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in).
CONDITION: In good condition considering its age, showing the age and usage, black paint finish with flakes, absence of the end cap of the base. Free of any repairs or restoration.
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