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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

Vintage Issue Dutch Police Black Leather Uniform Belt With Vigilat Ut Quiescant' Two Piece Belt Buckle. Sn 13907:43 - 13907:43
An original vintage issue Dutch Police black leather uniform belt with two piece 'Vigilat Ut Quiescant' belt buckle. The belt is in very good condition, it shows signs of normal wear but is undamaged. The inside of the belt is lined with black coarse felt. It has brass eyelets on the lining for hooks to locate in for adjustments. It retains both leather belt keepers. The belt has a two piece metal, chromed Dutch Police 'Vigilat ut Quiescant' belt buckle, the meaning of the motto is "They (the police) watches lest they (the citizens) can rest". The belt measures 45" when laid out flat. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13907:43

A Victorian Period Halifax County Borough Police Uniform Leather Waist Belt, Buckle and Clasp. Sn 13907:42 - 13907:42
The Halifax County Borough Police was formed in 1848 and amalgamated in 1868. This is an original Victorian period uniform leather waist belt, buckle and clasp. The waist belt is dark brown leather and shows signs of being worn. The belt is in excellent condition. It is 49" long when laid out flat. It has a buckle which allows it to be adjusted, in the photographs it is adjusted to 45". The belt has one leather loop. The clasp is chromed brass (non-magnetic) and has the Halifax County Borough Police crest in the centre along with "Halifax County Borough Police" around the outside. The leather fob behind the clasp has a number stamped on the reverse "55" making it a researchable item. The stitching on the belt is all present and secure. The price includes Uk delivery. Sn 13907:42

Original Victorian Wrist Shackles / Handcuffs By 'W. Down'. Sn 13907:41 - 13907:41
These are an original pair of Victorian wrist shackles / handcuffs by 'W. Down'. The shackles are a matching pair and are hinged and sized to fit the wrist. Once closed a steel forged cap goes over the shackles and a chain is threaded through the cap and shackle. This method of shackling someone allowed several people to be restrained with one long chain, similar to the transportation ships used to ship convicts to Australia and also chain gangs, it allowed movement of the hands and arms but kept the prisoner secure. Both shackles open and close smoothly as they should. Both iron caps are stamped. The first is stamped with the number "26" and above this "W H". The second is stamped with the number "5" and "W. Down", see the photographs. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13907:41

Excellent Original British Police 1920's Wootton Lantern By Smiths of Cricklewood. Sn 13907:39 - 13907:39
An excellent condition British Police 1920's Wootton Lantern by Smiths of Cricklewwod. Batteries have been around since 1800 but these were bulky and used a liquid acid as an electrolyte and therefore were impractical for use in any hand-held light. What was to be called the dry cell battery came into being around 1880 but was still too bulky to be considered for use in a convenient personal-use light. In 1887, a true dry cell battery was invented. The dry cell did not require a liquid acid as electrolyte and therefore was “dry”, and so the name. The lamp itself was designed by George Arthur Henry Wootton who was the Assistant (Chief) Engineer of the Metropolitan Police in the 1920s. The patent carries the date of 23rd November, 1922. This lamp was powered by an accumulator of 2 volts and the lens was able to be focused by turning the metal ring around the lens. The lamps were used mainly by police. The manufacturer of these lamps, Smith’s and Son was situated in Cricklewood. The lamp is in very good undamaged condition. The top is released by pushing a button on the side, see one of the photographs. On the top is a rotating on off switch which operates smoothly. There is a compartment in the front under the lens which holds a spare bulb, which is present. The light can be focused by twisting the lense cover on the front, this rotates as it should and the lenses moves forward and back to focus as it should. The bulb in the lamp is also present. There is a manufacturer's plate on the front with "Patent No 201089/22 (1922) Smiths British manfcr The Wootton Lantern". There is also a small push button to the side of the lenses. On the reverse it has two fold out brass handles which open and close smoothly. The bottom has "The Wootton Lantern Patent No 201089 Ser no 62923 sole manufacture S Smith & Sons (Ma) Ltd Cricklewood London". The lantern retains about 80% of the original black paint. It is undamaged. The price includes UK delivery. 13907:39

Victorian 1840 - 1860 'Hard' 'D' Leg Irons With No 10 Key By Hiatt of Birmingham. Sn 13907:38 - 13907:38
An original Victorian 1840-1860 set of 'Hard' 'D' leg irons with original number 10 key by Hiatt of Birmingham. Between 1788 and 1868, about 162,000 convicts were transported by the British government to various penal colonies in Australia. The British government began transporting convicts overseas to American colonies in the early 17th century. The last convict ship arrived in Western Australia on 10 January 1868. The leg irons were used as restraints in prisons and on convicts destined for transportation. The leg irons and chain are very heavy weighing 2.4Kg and in excellent original condition. They consist of two cuffs for the ankles and each side has a 10.5" length of chain to a swivel and then a further 10.5 piece of chain to a large 3" diameter ring which was used for attaching the chain to hand cuffs or to ground pins. Both cuffs are stamped with "Hiatt" and "0" and "Hard". They both have a hinge which operates smoothly and both cuffs are opened with the original Hiatt Number 10 key. The key is stamped with "No 10 Hiatt". Both cuffs lock and unlock with the screw key. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13907:38

Victorian British Police Cutlass / Sword / Hanger With Leather Scabbard. POL 4010 - POL 401
This is a very good original Victorian Police Hanger and scabbard. It has a 24” blade with pronounced curve and fuller with sharpened back edge point. The blade is clean and has a sprung rear scabbard release button at the ricasso to prevent it being pulled out by an attacker. The locking tab is broken off with just the release button remaining. The blade is unmarked by any stamps. Its Shagreen handle is in good order and it has a steel single bar hand guard. It has a steel pommel. The overall length of the sword is 29 1/2”. Its black leather scabbard is in nice undamaged condition with steel mounts. The upper mount has a steel locket which also has an oval frog stud. The price includes UK delivery. POL 401

Victorian Prison Officer's Hanger/ Side Arm By Parker Field & Sons London With Scabbard. Sn 13230 - 13230
This is an excellent original Victorian Prison service Hanger/ Side Arm. It has a 26 ½” blade with fuller. The blade is crisply marked by the Victorian manufacturer of quality Military blades ‘Parker Field & Sons 233 Holborn London’. The blade has just light staining consistent with age. Its Shagreen handle is in good order with a steel knuckle guard & stepped pommel. The cross guard has a scabbard retaining catch with steel button which is present and functions perfectly. The overall length of the sword is 32”. Its black leather covered wood scabbard with steel mounts is in nice undamaged condition with just the scuffs to be expected. All leather & stitching are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13230

Victorian British 3 Bar Brass Knuckle Guard Mounted Constabulary Police / Militia Cavalry Sabre & Scabbard. Sn 13229 - 13229
This is a very good Victorian Guard Mounted Constabulary Police / Militia Cavalry sword. It has a 29 ½” curved sabre blade with fuller. The blade has just staining consistent with age. Its leather covered wood handle is in good order with just small scuffs to the leather and it has a 3 bar brass knuckle guard & curved pommel. The overall length of the sword is 34 ¾”. There are no visible manufacturer or designation markings on this cutlass. The sword is complete with its original leather scabbard which has brass mounts and 2 hanging rings. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13229

Early British Police Uniform Cape With Lion Head Fasteners, Chain and Collar Numbers. Pol 398 - Pol 398
This is a very nice condition British Police Uniform cape which is complete. The Uniform cape first came into service in the late 1800 and probably ceased to be issue uniform in the late 1960's early 1970's. This cape is a winter, thick serge wool cape which is complete. It has the original brass lion heads on the collar with the brass fixing chain. The collar has the police officer collar number fixed, "292" in bright chrome. The collar numbers are fixed as they should be with the brass split pins. The inside of the cape has a white printed code "B.P. 292 4 65". It is undamaged and all the stitching is present and secure. This is a very nice example of the British police winter cape. The price includes delivery. Pol 398
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