Civil War "Black Jack" - Interesting weapon of the American Civil War. This leather bodied device is weighted with lead. Some examples were likely to have been used by a boatswain or ship's master-at-arms or ship's mate as a badge of office and discipline-enforcer. This weapon works by transferring kinetic energy to the dense core, via the handle during the swing. When directed at the head, it works by concussing the brain without cutting the scalp. This is meant to stun or knock out the subject. Overall length 14 3/4".
Inventory Number: MIS 024