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Postcard of Cosh.
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This cosh dates from around 1830 and was said to have been made and carried by a man who regularly travelled between Humbie in East Lothian and Edinburgh in the 1830s.

The cosh consists of a stick made of strands of twisted fine cane originally covered with string or twine. At either end are two round pieces of lead.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-791-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MR 59 A
Date: 1830 - 1839
Around 1830
Material: Cane, fine, or whalebone (?); twine; lead
Dimensions: 285 mm L
What: Man defender / cosh
Where: East Lothian, Humbie
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Man defender, or cosh, consisting of a stick made of strands of twisted fine cane which was originally covered with string or twine, from Edinburgh about 1830
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