‘The Fat Man of Maldon’s whip’

This whip was probably used to drive the horses on a mail coach. It consists of a long, circular, tapered handle made of a wound wooden core, possibly bamboo cane or similar. Onto this is joined the actual whip made from twisted rope, tighter at the bottom than the top. A note housed with this object says it is reputed to have been used by Edward Bright, the famous 18th century postboy otherwise known as ‘the Fat Man of Maldon’.