In a time of unrest (1848)

Chartism was a working-class movement for political reform. In 1848 a Chartist Convention presented a third petition to Parliament. This wooden truncheon was issued to GPO workers in response to increased fears of attacks. The handle is ridged with circular bands. On the main body of the truncheon is a paper label with 'STAFF SERVED TO THE CASHIER ON/ THE OCCASION OF/ THE CHARTIST RIOTS IN 1848.'