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RARE, Victorian Chatham Prison (Later HMS Pembroke Naval Barracks Dockyard) Guards WD Marked Hanger / Sword / Sidearm With Etched Blade ‘Chatham Prison’ By Parker Field & Sons London With ‘1854 Chatham Prison’ Marked Scabbard. Sn 15036 - 15036
Chatham Prison was located near the Dockyard on the site that later became HMS Pembroke Royal Naval Barracks. Today the Site is used by Canterbury Christ Church University. The Prison was built in the early 1850's and was purposely built to house 1,200 serious long term Convicts. Before the Prison was built the prisoners were accommodated in prison ships constructed from former Warships. Prisoners were made to work long hours and discipline was harsh. In 1861 there was a major riot at the Prison and there was much damage. As punishment many prisoners were chained and locked in their cells for a week, some suffered the lash. The Prisoners resented the Warders and one Warder was murdered a few years later. In the 1860's the Convicts were used to build the Victorian extension to the Dockyard. After all the work was finished in 1885 some prisoners were transferred to other Prisons. As there was less work to do the Prison became run down and was finally closed in 1893. The Prison was demolished in 1897 and the construction of HMS Pembroke Royal Naval Barracks commenced on the site. This is an excellent Victorian Prison Officer’s hanger marked to Chatham Prison & scabbard. It has a fullered 22” swept blade which has just small areas of staining to be expected with age(27 ½” overall). The hilt is fitted with original leather washer. The blade has a fine deeply etched panel on one side ‘Chatham Prison’ and the reverse has an etched foliate panel with crisp manufacturer detail ‘Parker Field & Sons 233 Holborn London’ (all illustrated). The fish skin handle is undamaged with correct Prison Officer’s steel knuckle guard with stepped pommel. The rolled end of the cross guard has a weapon number ‘07’ below WD arrow (illustrated). The leather scabbard has the correct Prison Officer’s steel mounts. The throat mount has a fixed steel belt bar and is stamped with WD arrow (illustrated). The leather has contemporary gold leaf or paint marking ‘Chatham Prison’ above ‘1854’ date (illustrated). The leather has just light scuffs consistent with age and service use. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15036

1830-1837 William IV Painted Ebonised Painted Wood Police Tip Staff /Truncheon & Wrist Strap. Sn 14867 - 14867
The earliest record of the Tipstaff (Warrant Stick) was in the 14th century. The name derives from the early origins of Policing when Warranted Officers would apprehend a criminal with the help if necessary of a tipped staff. The staff would be made of wood or metal and were not only a means of self defence but would also bear symbols of their authority. Modern Police Truncheons originated from these Tipstaffs. This is an excellent original large William IV Tipstaff / Truncheon. William IV (William Henry; 21 August 1765 – 20 June 1837) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from 26 June 1830 until his death in 1837. The Ebonised wood is hand painted dark green with Crown below W IV R cypher (William IV Rex) in gilt, red and blue/green colours which are vivid. The staff with domed pommel, grooved grip and tapering cylindrical upper section measures 21” overall length. The grip section is holed and fitted with leather cord wrist strap. The wood has areas of light surface wear consistent with age but no damage or cracks. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14867

Original, WW1 / WW2 Era Decorated Scottish Coatbridge Burgh Police Constabulary East Lanarkshire Lignum Vitae Retirement Presentation Truncheon By Hiat & Co Ltd Birmingham With Wrist Strap . Sn 14763 - 14763
The Scottish, East Lanarkshire, Coatbridge Burgh Police Constabulary were established in 1886 and ceased to exist in 1967 when it amalgamated with Airdrie Burgh, Hamilton Burgh and Motherwell & Wishaw Burgh to become part of Lanarkshire Constabulary. This is an original WW2 lignum vitae hardwood Coatbridge Burgh Police Truncheon. These types of decorated truncheon were often presented to Police Officers on their retirement from service. Our example is 15 ¼” length. The wood is undamaged and features colourful decoration, the Kings Crown with Royal Cypher (George Rex) together with Coatbridge Burgh Police within panel. It has a deep grooved grip with rounded butt and is fitted with original wrist strap. The butt is stamped with manufacturer’s roundel ‘Hiat & Co Ltd Birmingham’. The grip is fitted with original leather wrist strap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14763

Pre 1952 Essex Constabulary Womens Uniform Cap With Essex Constabulary Kings Crown Cap badge. Sn 13907:63 - 13907:63
This is a 1950's era Essex Constabulary Police Women's uniform hat complete with Kings Crown Essex Constabulary hat badge. The hats design is based on the WW2 British Women's military uniform issue hat. The hat is in perfect undamaged condition. It has a large visor peak. The top is made up of 4 sewn segments, all made in dark blue cloth. The hat has a black embroidered head band with an Essex Constabulary cap badge. On the inside it is lined with black cotton. There is no size in the hat. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13907:63

1950's-60's West German Police 'Polizei' Peaked Police Motorcyclist Helmet By Romer Helm, Size 57 / 58 and Helmet Transfer Badge. Sn 13907:62 - 13907:62
This is a 1950's-60's West German Police 'Polizei' motorcyclist helmet, size 57 / 58. The helmet is made of hard composite and coloured white and it has a leather headband on the outside which is padded. It is styled similar to the British 'Corker' motorcycle helmet. It has a black leather neck and ear piece with black nylon chin strap which is adjustable with a steel buckle. To the front is a transfer type helmet badge which depicts a rearing horse. Inside it has the makers label " Romer" and a brown leather 9 tongue liner. The liner has a circular label with the size "57 / 58". The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13907:62

1950's-60's West German Police 'Polizei' Peaked Police Motorcyclist Helmet By Romer Helm, Size 59 and Helmet Badge. Sn 13907:61 - 13907:61
This is a 1950's-60's West German Police 'Polizei' motorcyclist peaked helmet, size 59. The helmet is made of hard composite and coloured white and it has what looks to be a leather peak, piped in white leather. On either side it has in black letters "Polizei" the German for police. It is styled similar to the British ';Corker' motorcycle helmet. It has a black leather neck and ear piece with black leather chin strap which is adjustable with a brass buckle. To the front is a metal helmet badge which depicts a castle with three towers. Inside it has the makers label "Original Romer Helm" and a brown leather 10 tongue liner. The liner is stamped in black ink with the size "59". The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13907:61

1950'-1960's British Police Constables / Sergeants Staffordshire County Police Motocyclist 'Corker' Helmet & Badge. Sn 13907:60 - 13907:60
An Original 1950's-1960's Staffordshire County Police motorcyclist's 'Corker' helmet. The 'Corker' helmet, so called because it was made from leather covered cork is in good original condition. The outer finish is black leather and the top is made od four panels, stitched. There are two breather vents on either side. The peak is also leather covered and it has a black leather stitched headband. To the front it has a Staffordshire County Police helmet / cap badge. It has a black leather insert which is stitched and covers the neck and the ears which incorporates an justable chin strap which is secured with a single press stud. Inside it is lined with red cotton and still has the word 'Corker' visible. There is no size marking visible on the helmet. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13907:60

1950's French Police 'Paris Bandsman's' Kepi With Bullion Badges By Perchet Freres. Sn 13907:59 - 13907:59
An Original 1950's French Police 'Paris bandsman' Kepi. The kepi is made from dark blue corded cloth and on the top and the top edges it has a fine gold bullion piping with cross design on the top. It has a silver bullion chin strap secured on either side with a silver coloured button. The peak is black with black rolled edge. To the front it has two bullion badges. The top one is silver green and red and the one below is silver. Inside it has a brown leather sweat band. It is lined in brown silk and in the top it is stamped with the manufacturers stamp, "Equipment Militares Perchet Freres 4 Rue des Mauvais Garcons 58 Rue du Roi de Sicile, Paris". A very nice example. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13907:59

Rochester Divison Kent Constabulary Victorian Police Presentation Truncheon, Hand Decorated Constable 88. Sn 14331 - 14331
A Victorian (V.R. C.1837-1850) Police Presentation Truncheon, Hand Decorated to Kent Constabulary, Rochester Division. Following the introduction of the Metropolitan Police in 1829 one of the next pieces of legislation enabling the formation of a police force was the Municipal Corporations Act of 1835. The result of this reform was to allow 178 boroughs to form a watch committee, which in turn had to establish and supervise a local police force. The Kent County Constabulary became operational on 20 May 1857 with 222 officers, and truncheons from this period are rare. The example shown is decorated with a crown over a script ‘VR’ cipher and inscribed ‘KENT’ in the cartouche. This truncheon is made from hard wood and is painted black above the grips where the hand painted decoration has been applied. It is hand decorated and varnished. The truncheon has the Queens Crown at the top in red, gold, black and white. Below this is "VR" in gold and there is a gold cartouche below this with "Kent" in gold on a red background. Below this it has "Rochester Div. 18". The truncheon has a multi grooved grip which is shaped. This is a very nice truncheon. The truncheon measures 18 1/2" long. The price includes Uk delivery. Sn 14331

British South Africa Police (BSAP) Shko Style Native Police Constables Helmet With Badge. Sn 13907:58 - 13907:58
A Vintage British South Africa Police (BSAP) Shako Type helmet. This is the shako used by forces of the British South Africa Police (BSAP), which was the paramilitary police force of Rhodesia. It was created as a force of mounted infantrymen in 1889 by Cecil Rhodes’ British South Africa Company. In 1896 it began to operate independently and “Company” was dropped from its name. It remained part of Rhodesia’ paramilitary police forces until it was disbanded following the formation of the Zimbabwe Republic Police in 1980. The unit saw action in the First and Second Matabele Wars, the Second Boer War, the First World War, the Second World and the Rhodesian Bush War. The helmet is cork and covered with khaki, it has a flat top and to each side there are vents. The helmet has a headband. It retains the original Rhodesian brass helmet plate. Inside it has a green lining in the peaks and inside it has a leather sweat band and two brass hooks for a chin strap.
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