This British trench club was made by placing a flanged metal ring on a standard entrenching tool handle. While the First World War is strongly associated with the introduction of modern weaponry, primitive melee weapons still had a place in the close-quarters fighting encountered during trench raids. Decommissioned or broken heavy machinery was often re-purposed and you can see the cog-like look as though this could have been a gear from a tank or other large artillery. There was no shortage of uses for parts.
We've come across Canadian and British versions of this club which was sometimes referred to as a ‘knobkerry’ reinforcing its popularity and effectiveness. This durable and devastating weapon has a steel shim with the flanged ring over the top which is then pinned through. All of aged steel. Shaft is solid, stained hardwood.