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Swagger Stick

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Church Lad's Brigade Archives and Museum
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Nom de l'objet : Swagger Stick
Type de l'objet : Stick, Swagger
Classification de l'objet : Man-made Artefact
Catégorie de l'objet : Personal Artefacts
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : Personal Gear
Discipline : History
Local History
Material Culture
Matériaux : Wood
Technique de fabrication : Cut
Numéro d'accession : NoAccession15
Province d'origine : Newfoundland and Labrador
Pre-confederation Newfoundland
Pays d'origine : Canada
Dominion of Newfoundland
Continent d'origine : North America
Province d'utilisation : Newfoundland and Labrador
Pre-confederation Newfoundland
Pays d'utilisation : Canada
Dominion of Newfoundland
Culture : Canadian
Pre-confederation Newfoundland
Secteur géo-culturel : North America
Contexte culturel : Para-Military Uniform
Date de début de production : c 1930s
Date de fin de production : c 1980s
Période : Mid 20th Century
Description : This artefact is a military style swagger stick. The stick is hand made from wood that has been stained a mid brown and coated with a thick layer of clear varnish. It is approximately an inch thick at the top, tapering sharply towards the pointed end. The top and end cap of the swagger stick have been made of unique items. The top cap has been made by the gluing of a brass Church Lad`s Brigade uniform button to the flat end of the stick. The end cap has been constructed from a British .303 rifle round that has had the end containing the primer cut off and its contents empted. The round, with copper coated slug still in place, has been slid on over the tapered and notched end of the stick to sit flush with the body.
Commentaires : William Blacklar Knight Coultas began his long carrier with the Church Lad's Brigade when he enlisted on 1 November 1928. He was given the CLB regimental number of 3507 and was posted to 'F' Company on 28 April 1928. He moved between companies from 1934 to 1939, finally ending up in 'A' Company in St. John's. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in July of 1931 and ended his service with the Brigade as Major, to which he was appointed in May 1976. William Coultas had a distinguished carrier within the ranks of the CLB beginning with his being awarded the title of Best Recruit in his first year; Best Athlete in March of 1937; Instructor from 1949-1963; Commanding Officer from 1963- 1970; recipient of the CLB Gold Merit Medal in 1971; and receiving the 60 years service medal in 1989. Coultas displayed a strong commitment to the CLB Camps with 39 years of attendance between 1929 and 1965. He was also very active in the Brigade's sports programs and held position on the Athletic Association form 1935 to 1962. In a typed set of memoirs, William Coultas described the CLB as his home away from home, stating there was only one period in his life when he thought about quitting the brigade. He was given the money to join the CLB and pay for the required uniform by his great aunt Minnie Warren, a lady he states he and most of his family were scared of. In an effort to look as sharp as possible he always wrapped his puttees tightly to ensure they did not shift out of place. Though he looked sharp, the tight puttees caused him agony as he walked up Patrick Street hill to get to the armoury from his home on South Side Road. Instead of loosening his puttees, Coultas told his mother shortly after he joined that he no longer wished to be part of the CLB. His mother told him he could not quit the Brigade as she did not want to be the one who told Aunt Minnie she had wasted her money. Coultas wrote that instead of quitting he learned how to wrap his puttees so they looked good and fit comfortably. His memoirs clearly displayed his respect and admiration of the CLB. His service in the Brigade was interrupted for a period in the 1940s when he enlisted in the Royal Artillery in May of 1940. He was issued the regimental number of 970652 and served with the 57th (Newfoundland) Heavy Regiment until his discharge on 19 December 1945.
Fonctions : This Swagger stick was used by William Blacklar Knight Coultas as part of his Church Lad's Brigade uniform.
Longueur : 67.8
Largeur : 2.4
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
Nombre d'objets : 1
Nombre de parties composantes : 3
Nom des parties composantes : Cap
End Cap
Étiquette ou poinçon : C.L.B
Établissement : Church Lad's Brigade Archives and Museum
Ville de l'établissement : St. John's
Province de l'établissement : Newfoundland and Labrador
Site web de l'établissement : http://www.theclb.ca 

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