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George IV (1820-1830) Old City Night Watchman’s / Exeter City Police Painted Truncheon Number 26. Sn 21836 - 21836
The ancient City of Exeter had their own Police Force from 1836 recruited from members of the old city night watch under the superintendence of Captain Hugh Cumming. In 1966 the Force amalgamated with the Devon & Cornwall Police. This is an original hand painted George IV Truncheon. The presence of the King’s Royal cypher indicates that it was made during his short reign 1820-30 prior to the formation of Exeter City Police in 1836 so was most likely issued to the Old City Watch before going into Exeter Police service. The wood staff is painted dark green and the turned grip unpainted natural wood. The handle is pierced for wrist strap which is absent. The shaft has painted decoration with Stylised Royal Cypher ‘GR IV’ (George IV Rex) in Gold above ‘26’ weapon or watchman’s number. The staff has a colourful large panel with heraldic arms of Exeter City topped by King’s Crown. The decorations colours are vivid. The truncheon measures 18” overall length. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21836
£495.00

SOLD SOLD (05/07) Victorian London Metropolitan Police (MP) ‘K’ Division (Stepney Bow) Number 533 Painted Truncheon By Field 233 Holborn (London). Sn 21835 - 21835
After Sir Robert Peel presented ideas on the reformation of British Policing by implementation of a civilian, paid and trained Police Force, the British Parliament passed the Metropolitan Police Act of 1829 resulting in the formation of the London Metropolitan Police Force. Between 1829 and 1830, 17 local divisions each with a central police station were established, with each division assigned a letter. Letter K was allocated to Stepney Bow. This is an original painted Victorian Metropolitan Police Truncheon. The staff is made from ebonised wood wood, the body is painted Black and the grip unpainted natural wood all varnished. The body of the staff is hand painted with Queen’s Crown and Stylised Royal Cypher ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina) in Gold, Red, Green, White & Black with Initials ‘MP’ (Metropolitan Police) in Gold on a field of red with a Gold Foliate border. The sides of the Truncheon have stylised ‘stars’ in Gold and Red. The decorations colours are vivid but are rubbed in areas. The shaft is impressed with Stepney Bow Divisional letter ‘K’ above weapon or Constable’s collar number ‘533’. The truncheon has a contoured grooved grip recessed for wrist strap with rounded pommel which is crisply impressed by the manufacturer ‘Field, 233 Holborn (London)’ (Later Parker Field who produced quality Victorian Sword and Police Hanger blades). The truncheon measures 17 ½” overall length. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21835
£0.00

Victorian British Ebonised Wood Painted Police Truncheon With Panel ‘S.C.’ (Most Likely Special Constable). Sn 21834 - 21834
This is an original Victorian ebonised wood Police Truncheon. It is 17 ¼” length and has highly coloured decoration in Gold, Red and Black featuring The Queens Crown with Royal Cypher 'VR' (Victoria Regina) above a shield panel with lettering ‘S.C.’ within (Most Likely Special Constable). It has a turned grip with rounded end. The paint has areas of surface wear consistent with age and service use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21834
£275.00

Victorian Officers Silver Gilt ‘Manchester Regiment’ Helmet Plate (Maker Hobson & Sons). 19289:12. - 19289:12
The Manchester Regiment was formed on the 1st of July 1881 when the 63rd and 96th Regiments of Foot were amalgamated under the Childers Reform. However, the Regiment can trace its history back a further 123 years prior to this date. Hobsons began their uniform business close to Woolwich Barracks, South London, England. Clothing and Regimental Regalia were made for all members of the armed forces using traditional tailoring and handcraft techniques. Hobsons business grew to such an extent that by 1860 five shops were open in and around the Woolwich area. Their expertise and reputation for quality was rapidly established among customers, particularly the locally based Royal Artillery. Lexington Street London W.1 was acquired for Hobsons around 1880. Gold and Silver wire embroidery was produced here along with the weaving of lace. In the basement, the Leather Accoutrements department produced specialist goods of all descriptions. By the turn of the century the new Hobsons factory and offices in Tooley St (between London Bridge and Tower Bridge) were in operation. Several hundred employees worked at making all garments and accessories required for the Guards uniforms. In the 1930's Hobsons purchased a disused church hall with a plot of surrounding land at Thundersley, Essex with the long-term plan of drawing all parts of the business together into one place - this would take another 60 years. 12 cm in length and 11 ¾ cm wide. All 3 lugs are present and the maker ‘Hobson & Sons’ plate to the rear. The price includes UK postage and packaging. 19289:12.
£395.00

**RARE**MINT**WW1 1916, Metropolitan Police (London) Special Constable's Drill Competition Award Prize Lignum Vitae Tropical Hardwood Truncheon By Hiatts Birmingham With Sterling Silver Hall Marked Presentation Plate To SC L.A. Levy X Division. Sn 21607 - 21607
This is a near mint original WW1 wooden Police Drill award Truncheon to a Special Constable who saw service during WW1. It is 15” length and made of the traditional heavy Lignum vitae tropical hard wood. It has a deep grooved grip with rounded butt. The wood is undamaged with no dents. The butt is impressed by the maker ‘Hiatt's Co. Ltd, Birmingham’. The grip is fitted with original leather wrist strap with Matching maker ‘Hiatts Bham’ stamp. The staff is mounted with a sterling silver hallmarked presentation plate (the hallmarks are for R.Hodd & Son, London 1915). The plate is crisply engraved to the award recipient ‘METROPOLITAN SPECIAL CONSTABULARY, X DIVISION, DRILL COMPETITION JANY 16TH 1916, WON BY S/C L.A. LEVY’ The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21607
£275.00

**RARE**WW1 Era 1914-1919, Manchester Special Constable's Lignum Vitae Tropical Hardwood Polychrome Decorated Presentation Truncheon By J Tyzack & Son Sheffield With King’s Crown, Heraldic Arms & Associated Cased KC City Of Manchester SC's Pin Badge. - 21500
This is an excellent quality original WW1 wooden Police Presentation Truncheon to a Special Constable who saw service during WW1 and beyond until 1919. It is 15 ¼” length and made of the traditional heavy Lignum vitae tropical hard wood. It has a highly coloured polychrome decoration: Kings Crown Royal Cypher ‘GR’ (George Rex) & Manchester Heraldic arms above 'Special Constable 1914-1919' and indistinct Special Constable’s name. It has a deep grooved grip with rounded butt. The wood is undamaged with no dents. The top is impressed by the maker with what looks like ‘J Tyzack & Son Sheffield'. The grip is fitted with original leather wrist strap. The truncheon is accompanied by a rare to find, period City of Manchester Special’s enamelled lapel pin badge with which it was found. The colourful brass badge is 33mm diameter and features King’s Crown heraldic arms of Burnley & wording ‘City Of Manchester Special Constable’. The rear has a hinged pin fastener and stamped number ‘1559 most likely a collar number. The badge is contained in its period leather bound wood jewellery case with hinged lid and clasp fastener. The inside of the case has original padded white silk & blue felt lining. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21500
£375.00

Staffordshire Police Coxcomb Helmet. 21460. - 21460
A combined force covering Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, called Staffordshire County and Stoke-on-Trent Constabulary, was established on 1 January 1968, as a merger of the Staffordshire County Police and Stoke-on-Trent City Police. This force lost areas to the new West Midlands Police in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 and adopted a shorter name. This Nottingham Police “Comb Top” Helmet: The front Helmet plate has a "Queen's Crown" to top, over a starburst, with STAFFORDSHIRE POLICE in the circle. In the centre is the golden rope emblem. The helmet interior is rigged with its Riot Gear liner with web chin strap, retaining its Riot Chin "Cup." The Helmet is also fitted with its everyday patent leather chin strap as well. The original label is still present ‘Custodian Helmet SS. 5240’. The helmet is size 59. The furniture is intact and attached and the helmet is in excellent condition. The price includes UK delivery. 21460.
£135.00

Hampshire Constabulary Coxcomb Police Helmet. 21459. - 21459
The custodian helmet is the headgear traditionally worn by male police constables and sergeants while on foot patrol in England and Wales. This ‘Comb Top’ Helmet: The front Helmet plate has a "Queen's Crown" to top, over a rose, with HAMPSHIRE on the scroll all within a wreath. The helmet interior is rigged with its liner with web riot chin strap. (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).The Helmet is also fitted with its everyday patent leather chin strap as well. The original owner of the hat is hand written on the inside and strap. The helmet is approximately size 58. The furniture is intact and attached and the helmet is in excellent condition. The price includes UK delivery. 21459.
£135.00

Nottinghamshire Constabulary Police Officers Comb Top Helmet. 21458. - 21458
Nottinghamshire Constabulary was established in 1840. The following year it absorbed Retford Borough Police. In 1947, it absorbed Newark-on-Trent Borough Police. In 1968 it amalgamated with Nottingham City Police to form Nottinghamshire Combined Constabulary. On 1 April 1974, it was reconstituted as Nottinghamshire Police under the Local Government Act 1972, but retained the name Nottinghamshire Constabulary on all signage, uniform and vehicles until the early 21st century. Nottingham Police “Comb Top” Helmet: The front Helmet plate has a "Queen's Crown" to top, over a starburst, with NOTTINGHAMSHIRE CONSTABULARY in the circle. In the centre is the E II R monogram of Queen Elizabeth II, the reigning Queen of the United Kingdom at the time. The helmet interior is rigged with its Riot Gear liner with web chin strap, retaining its Riot Chin "Cup." The Helmet is also fitted with its everyday patent leather chin strap as well. The original stamp is still present ‘Christy Guardian’. The helmet is approximately size 58. The furniture is intact and attached and the helmet is in excellent condition. The price includes UK delivery. 21458.
£135.00

Pre: 1953 Metropolitan Police Helmet with Kings Crown Plate. 21457. - 21457
Before the passing of the Metropolitan Police Act 1829, law enforcement among the general population in England was carried out by unpaid parish constables who were elected, and later appointed by the local justice of the peace. During the late 18th and early 19th century, the Industrial Revolution witnessed an exponential expansion in London's size and economic importance. It became clear that the locally maintained system of volunteer constables and "watchmen" was disorganised and inefficient in the deterrence, detection and prevention of crime. This pre: 1953 example with Kings (GeorgeVI) face plate is in very good condition. The furniture is secure and undamaged. The original chin strap is in place, as is the leather liner. No size label is present but is an approximate size UK 6-6 ½. The price includes UK delivery. 21457.
£225.00
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