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Object ID 2000.037
Object Name Whip
Collection Weapons & Accessories
Credit line Gift of Jim Marsh
Year Range from 1900
Year Range to 1909
Description Cat o' nine tails whip used in the Sussex County penal system with a 20" long, black-painted wooden handle to which is attached a 20 1/2" long strip of leather divided into nine separate strands. The end of the handle has a small ball finial around which a bit of string is still tied.
Dimensions W-1 L-40.5 inches
Dimension Details Overall greatest dimensions
Owned James Alfred Marsh
Used Sussex County penal system
Provenance This whip belonged to the donor's grandfather, James Alfred Marsh (1879-1946), who was born in Sussex County and worked for the District Attorney's Office until he removed to Colorado in 1909. As part of his duties, he administered flogging punishments to convicted criminals (whipping was a legal punishment in Delaware from 1717-1944).
Subjects Punishment & torture
Punishment devices
Search Terms Whips
Cat O' Nine Tails
James Marsh
Sussex County
Material Wood; leather
Place of Origin Sussex County, DE