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Catalog Number 2009.010
Description Kendo Riot Stick used by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Solid-oak wooden stick is painted black. "Blade" is oval in shape with a very subtle curve along the length of the three-edged top. Handle has four notches on underside just before blade that serve as a grip, #45 stamped on handle. Tip of blade curves upward while round cylindrical handle has a blunt end. Sheriffs would use this in a riot to push people back. It was used by horse patrol and could also be used as a sword for hitting people (usually aimed at shoulder).

Object Name Club
Collection 3D - Armaments
Title Kendo Riot Stick, c. 1960s
Date c. 1960s
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text none
Provenance Owned and used by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
Dimensions H-2.25 W-41.75 D-1.25 inches
Search Terms Riot
San Mateo County
San Mateo County Sheriff's Office
San Mateo County-Sheriffs
Sheriff's Department
Subjects Arms & armament
Riot control