The Bailiff’s cudgel is a unique addition to any weapon collector’s display.
Whereas most people think of a shilleagh as being a delivery system for a heavy or weighted head, the bailiff’s cudgel (ancestor of the policeman’s truncheon) uses the “head” primarily as a pommel, granting greater leverage for speed rather than power.
With a beautifully worn, spalted head for an authentic antiqued look, and flawlessly bark-ed shaft this will be a fine gift or display peice but robust enough that it could see action (Heaven Forbid she ever needed to!).
How it Looks
This example is from an older tree that grew smoothly , with no laterals being taken off.
The head is cocked a little to the right which makes a perfect palmswell when carried “head down”.
On the inside edge some lichen has been captured under the laquer, giving a “leopard spots” appearance…
The head is heavily spalted with a pure -white eye of hardwood in the centre.
How it Fights
Intended to be used as a lightning fast baton the extra torque from the pommel will make her faster than the lightest rattan whilst still being robust enough to block, or provide leverage for those clever baton-assisted armlocks Mr Hatsumi has so recently popularised.
Often small cudgels see use as “priests” for fishing or lowland shooting. Whilst this stave would meet the task admirably, she is a touch long in the shank to be carried conveniently. If you’d like this stave for use as a Priest – it can be shortened on request so long as we can sneak into the shop when the Gaffer isn’t looking).