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Last week’s What Is It? item is known by a num­ber of names.

It is called a cosh, knobker­rie, trun­cheon, jack sap and cud­gel, how­ever, the folks at Wil­low Court An­tique Cen­tre said it was a sap or jack­slap.

What we do know for sure is that the ob­ject is an African weapon. Reader Lorna Carl­ton said it was used as a weapon and for de­fence by po­lice in South Africa. Reader Ken Ed­dle­ston pur­chased one in Egypt in the 1960s and Lloyd Fletcher said there would be a piece of lead in the head of the weapon un­der the wo­ven strips of leather.

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