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Originally, the ' Swagger Stick ' was a functional implement used to direct military drill and manouvers, or to administer physical punishment. In the Roman Army of ancient Rome, short vine wood staffs were carried and used for corporal punishment by Centurians ( often career soldiers ), not by higher ranking officers. Nowadays it is often a traditional visual attribute. Swagger sticks are most familiarly carried by military officers or more senior Non-Commissioned officers.
In the British Army and other militaries following the Commonwealth traditions, commissioned officers carry swagger sticks when in formal uniform as a symbol of rank. Warrant Officers and Senior Ncos carry longer pace sticks instead, although a Regimental Sergeant Major may be seen sporting a swagger stick. British swagger sticks are often topped with a silver cap, bearing regimental insignia. Calvary officers will often carry a riding crop rather than a swagger stick, in deference to their mounted traditions. Our swagger sticks at Guards Gear are amongst the finest you will find .