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Object ID # 1972.003.009
Object Name Stick, Swagger
Other Name Stick, Walking / Baton
Title 147th Grey Overseas Battalion Baton
Lexicon category 6: T&E For Communication
Year Range from 1914
Year Range to 1918
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description "Swagger stick" baton that would be carried by an 147th Grey Battalion officer. The baton is made of wood with a silver cap at the head (similar to that of a British officer's). There is also a regimental insignia piece (copper) crest plate in the shape of a maple leaf which reads "GREY 147 CANADA Over Seas" mounted on the shaft front. The bottom of the baton has a brass tip.
Provenance Original provenance unknown. Would have been carried by an officer of the 147th Grey (Overseas) Battalion.

Obtained/owned by Oscar Broadhead, of Owen Sound, Grey County at an unknown time. Broadhead had been a member of the 147th Grey (Overseas) Battalion that was raised in Owen Sound, Ontario in 1915. In 1960, he served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the 147th Grey Battalion Association in Owen Sound.
Collection Military, 20th-c Collection
Material Wood/Silver/Copper/Brass
Dimensions W-3 L-86.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Broadhead, Oscar
Subjects World War I (First World War/The Great War)
Search Terms 147th Grey Battalion
Function This is an item carried by a commissioned officer as a symbol of his rank, when he was in formal uniform.
In the British Army and other militaries following the Commonwealth traditions, commissioned officers carry swagger sticks when in formal uniform as a symbol of rank. Warrant Officers and Senior NCOs carry longer pace sticks or regimental sticks instead, although a Regimental Sergeant Major may be seen sporting a swagger stick. British swagger sticks are often topped with a silver cap, bearing regimental insignia. A swagger stick remains an essential part of an officer's equipments and they are supplied by traditional British military tailors such as Gieves & Hawkes and Goldings. Cavalry officers will often carry a riding crop rather than a swagger stick, in deference to their mounted traditions.