The shaft is lacquered in gold on a brown ground with repeating lotus buds, surmounted by a carved wood hand rest decorated with a peri-peri on either side with floral background. The top of the hand rest is lacquered in polychrome with floral motifs on a red ground on an oval pommel.
Fencing was a traditional pastime in Lucknow. For another stick of similar form in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, see Rosemary Crill et al, Arts of India 1550-1900, London, 1990, p. 183, no. 158.