Blackjacks and Coshes were carried by many
Sailors, Dock Workers and Policeman in the 17th and 18th Century. These are weapons. The Flexible Shafts
were usually Baleen Whalebone or a type of Metal Spring. They were Bagged and Loaded with Lead Shot or just a Lead Ball.
They were then covered with Leather Braidwork or Hemp Cordwork.
The Blackjacks and Coshes pictured here have a Flexible substance much like Baleen Whalebone for the Shaft.
They are Bagged, Loaded and Balanced with 7 oz of Lead. The covering is Hemp and Cotton cord preserved with well
cured Stockholm Tar. The Knob Knots are very Fancy Turks Head's and the shafts are done in a Whipmakers Plait or
a French twist Braid. They are about 11" in length and have a 7" wriststrap. I have been able to handle
and examine some old pieces and these are very accurate reproductions. I sell these to Collectors and Re-Enactors of
this time period.