Object Title

Probing stick and scabbard

Probing stick and scabbard



Object Number



Acquired from Hampshire Police, knife amnesty 23/01/1996.

Physical Description

Probe: The wooden grip or handle is slightly curved, of roughly circular section at its ends, but of flatter section towards its centre. There is a copper alloy band by the blade attached by a rivet. The narrow, straight blade is of square section, attached to the handle by a copper alloy pin.
Stick or Scabbard: Of wood, matching the grip. Of roughly circular section, retaining irregularities of branch from which it was made. Copper alloy band at mouth and ferrule, partly of same material and partly of ferrous metal. Both locket and ferrule attached by two rivets.
Condition on acquisition: Fair. By comparison with the very similar example, IX.3865 (see under Notes), the handle was originally more tightly curved. Two small patches of paint on handle. The blade, which is extensively rusted, cannot be fully inserted into the scabbard.


Dimensions: Probe: Overall length: approx. 925 mm (36.4 in.), Blade length: 753 mm (29.6 in.), Blade width: 12 mm (0.47 in.), Stick or scabbard: Length: 782 mm (30.75 in.), Width at mouth: 31 mm (1.2 in.) Weight: Probe: 530 g. (1 lb. 2 1/2 oz.), Stick or scabbard: 395 g. (13 3/4 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, near hilt, stamped: 'MOLE / BIRM[M?]



For information on these implements generally, see entry for IX.3685 which is very similar and has a blade marked by the same maker.
This example was acquired (to serve as a sword-stick) for possible use by the demonstrators at Leeds (to serve as a sword-stick), if not required for the main collection. (Initially required for main collection.).