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Catalog Number 2009.009
Description 36" Riot Baton used by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Solid oak wooden baton has a clear varnish with a yellowish cast. A black leather loop is affixed just above grip on handle end. Cylindrical baton has eight 4 3/4" long notches, that serve as grips, encircling both sides of baton near ends: handle side is 5" from end while top is 4" from end. The letters, "SMSO" are engraved/burnt into handle end. Used to push people during a riot. Two grips allow officers to hold both while pushing people back, but single handle with leather strap could also be used for hitting, thrusting or jabbing.
Object Name Club
Collection 3D - Armaments
Title SMCSO Riot Baton, c. 1960s
Date c. 1960s
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "SMSO" (burned into wooden handle)
Provenance Owned and used by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
Dimensions H-3 W-36 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