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c1800 British Navy Bosun’s Starter or Life Preserver
  • c1800 British Navy Bosun’s Starter or Life Preserver
  • c1800 British Navy Bosun’s Starter or Life Preserver

c1800 British Navy Bosun’s Starter or Life Preserver

Price:

£300.00


Product Description

A late 18th/early 19th Century Bosun's starter or Life Preserver otherwise known as a cosh or persuader.

The starter is formed with a malacca shaft mounted on either end with a lead weight covered with needle hitched twine, varnish and fitted with a lanyard to one end. This type of starter/cosh would be carried aboard ship by the Bosun and his mate and used to hit any of the slacking/lazy crew members on the back to get them to work at a satisfactory pace hence the name "Starter". They were also carried on land by the Press gangs who were tasked with finding new crew members for His Majesty's Navy. Condition is very good for its age.

Size: 25.5 cm
Weight: 420 g

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