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Cosh / Priest

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1979F518
Collection:Social History
Date:1850 - 1900


This type of cosh, known as a 'priest', is weighted at each end with lead. The handle section is usually made of a flexible material, sometime whale baleen. In this case, it seems to be some kind of metal. They were used for a variety of purposes. Fishermen used them to dispatch large fish from their catch.This example was issued to the donor's grandfather, Thomas Featherstone Taylor, during military service in Ireland. Taylor was a farmer at Rowington, Warwickshire. He served in Ireland prior to 1867.

Presented by Miss N H Taylor.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century

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Height:31 cm
Diameter:2.7 cm