(acc. no. 2551)
This may look like a harmless bamboo walking stick, but you wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of the person carrying this...
Swordsticks, walking canes containing hidden blades, were popular during the 19th century when it became less socially acceptable to openly carry a sword. Though predominantly a fashion accessory, upper-class men, still trained in swordsmanship during this period, may have wished to carry one for self-defence.
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