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.