Royal Armouries

Head of a push pole (tsukubō)

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Date: 19th century | Object number: XXVIL.6

origin Japanese
height 690 mm
width 400 mm
depth 70 mm
weight 1365g

Presented by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum in 1955.

Head of a push pole (tsukubō)

Description

Staff weapons for arresting fugitives, known as the torimono sandōgu (three implements of arresting) were kept on racks outside police stations in the Edo period, as much to deter criminals as for actual use. They comprised three types, the tsukubō 突棒 (pushpole), sodgarami 袖搦 (sleeve entangler) and the sasumata 刺股 (forked spear).

Head of a push pole (tsukubō) 袖搦又は突棒,江戸時代

Part weapon, part device for catching escaping prisoners, the tsukubō or ‘push pole’ was designed to force a fugitive to the ground or against a wall, while its barbs became entangled with a fugitive’s clothing.

Groups of similar implements were racked outside watch houses, as a deterrent to potential criminals. Its haft has been cut off.

origin Japanese
height 690 mm
width 400 mm
depth 70 mm
weight 1365g

Presented by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum in 1955.

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