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(Sorry - couldn't resist the title.) Just picked this up a few weeks ago - a gorgeous 21" Swagger Stick. Details follow.

 

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View from the end. As you can see, this is from the US Constabulary.

 

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Close up of top: what isn't apparent in the photo is that the insignia is inset and there is clear lucite filler polished into the cap making the end smooth.

 

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Entire stick seems to be machined, polished aluminum or nickel steel. Handle has polished rings of brass, aluminum/nickel, and leather/wood (?). I found one similar to this in an old on-line auction that had fewer rings and wonder if they related to the rank of the person carrying these within the Constabulary. As you can see, there is also a leather handle loop / lanyard integrated into the handle (attached with the screw between the handle and shaft).

 

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US Victory Museum

I present two of my Father's Viet-Nam era swagger sticks.

 

The artwork is either bone or ivory; I suspect ivory since

these were acquired overseas and at a time when most asian

art-craft used real ivory (1960s).

 

I photographed them in sections because if I pulled back far

enough to capture them in a single frame all the detail would

have been lost and they would only fill 10% of the photo image.

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When did sticks like this stop being popular?

The closest I ever saw in the Army were those large walking sticks bored soldiers would carve in the field...

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They seem to have been moderately popular post-WWII through the 1970's, earlier as accessories and later as presentation items. Before the war many officers carried riding crops. Patton carried a swagger stick on occasion that was made from the blade of a French Lebel bayonet in a tight leather sheath.

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Here is a swagger stick that belonged to an American officer who served in the Philippine Constabulary in 1905. The cap is sterling silver with the PC crest on the end and with a rosewood shaft.

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Hey all,

Went out with a friend yesterday and this is what I picked up along with afew sterling Navy insignias & some ribbons.

 

Now I have some questions. I know about the USMC swagger stick that came out in the 1950's but never heard of a USN on. Was it semi official? I take it it was for Chiefs? I would guess it was from WW1 Englissh influence? What do you all think?

 

I believe it was 26 inches plus, but is missing a couple of inches. Top is marked sterling but anchor is brass.

 

Terry

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The only one I can compare it with, is a WW1 Regimental British one I have, which is 27 and a 1/2 inches long, it has a silver/white metal tip to it

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