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Victorian British Manchester Ship Canal Bridgewater Canal Police Lignum Vitae Tropical Hardwood Truncheon With Hand Painted Decoration ‘RIDGWATER CANAL POLICEMAN’. Sn 20339 - 20339
The Bridgewater Canal is a 39-mile (65km) canal stretching from Runcorn to Leigh in North West England. Constructed over 250 years ago by the Duke of Bridgewater, it is considered to be the first true canal in England. Built at one level, its route followed the contours of the land to avoid the use of locks. The canal was constructed to transport the Duke of Bridgewater’s coal from his mine at Worsley in Greater Manchester efficiently and cheaply to the rapidly expanding towns and cities nearby. At its peak, over 3 million tonnes of traffic used the Bridgewater Canal. Nowadays, it is a leisure waterway popular with many cruising boaters. The earliest British River Police Force was the Thames River Police, formed by Magistrate Patrick Colquhoun and Master Mariner John Harriott in 1798 to tackle theft and looting from ships at anchor. Shortly after other Police Forces with Sea Borders or large bodies of water within their Force boundaries formed their own River Police Units. The Manchester Ship Canal Police (also known as Manchester Dock Police and the Port of Manchester Police) was a police force in the United Kingdom that was responsible for policing the Manchester Ship Canal & the Bridgewater canal. It was maintained by the Manchester Ship Canal Company between 26 December 1893 opened and 31 January 1993 (a contemporary black & white image of a group of Manchester Ship Canal Police taken July 1894 is illustrated in image 2). This is an excellent original Victorian Police Truncheon of The Manchester Ship Canal Police To an officer responsible for policing the Bridgewater canal. The shaft is heavy lignum vitae tropical hardwood with ribbed lower section for grip. The staff measures 18 ½” length. It has painted decoration featuring a Crown and Royal Cypher ‘V.R’ (Victoria Regina) and ‘Policeman’ along with ‘Ridgewater Canal’ (no doubt an abbreviation or spelling error of Bridgewater, the beginning of the text is absent not rubbed). All of the staff’s Gold, Red & Green decoration is present. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20339

SOLD. SOLD (LAY-AWAY 03/12). **VERY RARE**Early WW2 1939 Dated Home Front, British King’s Crown Police Station Sergeant’s MK II 'Tommy' MK II Helmet By HBH (Harrison Bros & Howson) With Liner & Chinstrap. Sn 20172 - 20172
This is a very rare to find, excellent condition, complete, original, WW2, painted steel Police Station Sgt’s 'Tommy' helmet. The helmet is painted Navy Blue and has its original yellow paint lettering 'POLICE' and Sgt’s Chevrons below King’s Crown & 2 Yellow paint Crown bands. The inner rim of the helmet has '1939’ date, letters ‘HL II’ (MK II) & maker mark ‘HBH’ (Harrison Bros & Howson). The rim also has period applied paint lettering ‘PS (police Sgt) 103 (Collar Number). It has its original oil cloth liner with adjustment cord and sprung webbing chinstrap all of which are completely intact. The helmet is undamaged with no denting and it retains most of its original black paint. It is approx. UK size 7. This is an excellent helmet made at the outbreak of WW2 when the threat of Air raids was imminent. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20172

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 lens 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 manufactures 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.

Kings Crown Police Presentation, Hand Decorated Truncheon to Dunfermline City Police. Sn 10728. - Sn 10728
A Kings Crown police presentation, hand decorated truncheon to Dunfermline City Police. George V was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936. In 1856 the burgh of Dunfermline resolved to use the title of "city" in all official documents in the future, based on long usage and its former status as a royal capital. This then made the Dunfermline police the Dunfermline City Police. In the late 1990s, the UK government and the Scottish Executive re-examined the definition of a city and produced a list of "approved cities", from which several traditional Scottish cities, including Dunfermline. were omitted. The truncheon is made from a hard wood and varnished. It is hand decorated straight onto the varnish. The top has the Kings Crown in gold, red, green and white and below this "GR" (King George) in gold. Below this is the Dunfermline Crest in gold and red with "Dunfermline City Police in Gold lettering. The truncheon has a broad five groove grip. It is very good condition, the decoration is clear. The truncheon measures 15" long. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 10728.

Original, Victorian, Painted, Scottish Edinburgh Police Inspector's Short Truncheon. Sn 10135. - Sn 10135
An original, Victorian, Painted, Scottish Edinburgh Police Inspector's Short Truncheon. An example of this truncheon is shown on page 6 of 'The Policeman's Lot' by Mitton. It is made of heavy dark wood and has a grooved handle. It measures 12 ¾ " in length and contemporaneously hand painted with Queens Crown and red circular emblem which appears to be Edinburgh Police as illustrated in the book. The truncheon is also painted with number '113' either The Inspector's collar number or weapon number. The truncheon is undamaged with just the light surface wear to be expected with age. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 10135.

1826 Dated, Large Smooth Grip Special Constabulary Presentation Truncheon. POL 350. - POL 350
Original 1826 dated, large smooth grip Special Constabulary presentation truncheon. This is a good quality original wooden Special Constabulary Presentation Truncheon. It is painted in dark green and has a smooth straight grip. It is 18 ½ “in length and is 1 ¾ “in diameter at the tip. It has a coloured decoration in gold, red and green featuring The Kings Crown. Below this in gold is painted "1826". The wood has a few use related marks and the paint and decoration is in very good bright condition. The price includes UK delivery. POL 350.

WWI 1916-1918 Dated, Rochdale Special Constabulary Sergeant's Presentation Truncheon with Chester 1918-19 Hallmarked Silver Plate Engraved to Sgt Milne With Wrist Strap. POL 339. - POL 339
This is a superb quality original WW1 wooden Special Constabulary Sgt's Presentation Truncheon. It is 15 ½ “ in length and has highly coloured decoration in Gold, Red, Blue and Black featuring The Kings Crown with Royal Cypher (George Rex) together with Rochdale Coat of Arms above banners with lettering to 'Rochdale Special Constabulary', '1916-1918'. The neck of the truncheon near to the handle is mounted with a silver plate engraved 'Sgt Milne'. The plate has nice clear Silver Hallmarks (Chester 1918-19). It has a deep grooved grip with rounded end and is fitted with leather wrist strap. The wood is undamaged with no dents. This is an original item of WWI British Police memorabilia with Hallmarked Silver Mount worthy of further research and the price includes UK delivery. POL 339.

Victorian Truncheon, 'Hants Parish Constable' 8540:13. - 8540;13
The first fully constituted police force formed in Hampshire was the Winchester City Police, founded in 1832. The Hampshire County Constabulary was established seven years later in December 1839 as a result of the passing of the County Police Act that year. Initially the force had a chief constable and two superintendents: one was based in Winchester, and the second based on the Isle of Wight (then part of Hampshire).[10] The first separate police force on the island was formed in 1837 when the Newport Borough Police was established. A separate Isle of Wight Constabulary was not formed until 1890 when the island was the granted administrative county status. An original Victorian Truncheon, with 'Hants Parish Constable' along the side. The truncheon is made of dark wood and painted black, the decoration is painted over the top of this. From the top there is a crown in gold and red, and below this is "VR" then painted down the side is "Hants Parish Constable" The decoration is clearly visible but faint as can be seen from the photographs. This is a very scarce truncheon. The truncheon has a fine ribbed handle which is unpainted. The truncheon measures 17 ¼ ". The price includes UK delivery. 8540;13

WW1 1914 – 1919 Dated, Stockport County Special Constable’s Polychrome Decorated Lignum Vitae Tropical Hardwood Truncheon. Sn 20040 - 20040
In the Autumn of 1856 as a result of the County and Borough Police Act 1856. Cheshire Justices were obliged to establish a paid Police Force for the whole of each County area including Stockport Borough. In 1870 Stockport Borough established its own Constabulary. The Borough later became part of the Cheshire Constabulary and now forms part of the Greater Manchester Policing area. This is an original WW1 Lignum Vitae Tropical Hardwood Stockport Special Constabule’s Truncheon. It is 15 ½” length and has highly coloured polychrome decoration featuring The Kings Crown with Royal Cypher ‘GR’ (George Rex) together with Stockport Coat of Arms. Beneath the arms is 'Special Constable' in gold lettering with '1914-1919’ date. The decoration has light areas of rubbing consistent with age and storage. It has a deep grooved grip with rounded end and recess for wrist strap. This is an excellent truncheon to a British Police to a Special Constable who served throughout WW1 and beyond. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20040

WWII U.S Shore Patrol Rubber Baton. 19966:20. - 19966:20
Shore patrol are service members who are provided to aid in security for the United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, United States Marine Corps, and the British Royal Navy while on shore. They are often temporarily assigned personnel who receive limited training in law enforcement and are commonly armed with a baton. Their primary function is to make certain that Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen on liberty do not become too rowdy. They will also provide assistance for Department of the Navy and U.S. Coast Guard uniformed personnel in relations with the civilian courts and police. Made from solid flexible black rubber it is 40 ½ cm in length with ‘US’ imprinted it has a leather lanyard attached. The price includes UK delivery. 19966:20.
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