LATE 19TH OR EARLY 20TH CENTURY SLAPSTICK

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Item Code: 172-3044

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Slapsticks were used in the circus by clowns. A small caliber blank was inserted in one end and when the clown hit someone with the stick the blank would fire making a loud crack and some smoke. This item was obviously the inspiration for the term “slapstick comedy.”

This particular example has a thick wood handle that meas. approx. 15.00 inches long x 1.50 inches wide x 0.75 inch thick. The end takes a spoon shape approx. 5.00 inches across with a black leather pad tacked onto one side. The opposite side has another piece of wood that is hinged. In between the two pieces of wood is a recess with a firing pin on one side and a hole for accepting a blank cartridge on the other. Presumably it will still operate. There is some discoloration from age on the metal parts and some light wear on the leather but it is really in very good condition overall.

A nice relic from the early days of the circus.

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