Stick, Sword

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Circa 1920s
A Toledo sword stick / cane with a narrow steel blade decorated with floriate decoration. " TOLEDO" is also marked on the blade. The stick is finished in varnished, light coloured wood with a bone tip.
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Circa 1920s
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This sword stick was bought by John Brodie, who wrote using the nom-de-plume John Guthrie, while he was working as journalist in London during the 1920s. He carried it for protection as he walked through 'unsavoury' parts of London in the early hours of the morning after the paper was 'put to bed'. He never had cause to use it, and gifted it to his friend Ralph Ward of Taupō some time in the 1930s. For more information on John Brodie see the Puke Ariki Taranaki Story by Rhonda Bartle. 
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