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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
£595.00

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.
£225.00

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.
£375.00

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.
£350.00

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
£245.00

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.
£195.00

19th Century Painted Westminster Abbey Constabulary Tipstaff/Truncheon. 19653 - 19653
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 a nice painted Westminster Abbey Constabulary truncheon with crowned royal arms above a coat-of-arms and portcullis over crowned 'G' over '2', one side with gilt 'W.R VI', and with ribbed grip pierced for a thong *missing* 48.3 cm in length. Showing some paint loss which adds to its history. The price includes UK delivery. 19653.
£375.00

1738-1820 British George III Hand Painted Police Constabulary Ebonised Wood Tip Staff / Truncheon. Sn 19733 - 19733
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 original George III Police Tipstaff / Truncheon (George III (George William Frederick; 4 June 1738 – 29 January 1820) was King of Great Britain and of Ireland from 25 October 1760 until the union of the two kingdoms on 1 January 1801, after which he was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until his death in 1820). The staff measures 16 ¼” overall length. The ebonised wood has colourful painted decoration. The main body of the staff has colourful ‘Crown & Royal cypher ‘GR III’ (George III Rex). The staff also has gold bands, red top and butt. The grip is holed for wrist strap. The wood is impressed ‘II’ near to the wrist strap hole, most likely a Constable or weapon number. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19733
£345.00

**LARGE**Victorian Tipstaff Truncheon With Hand Painted Decoration Including V.R. Royal Cypher. Sn 19656 - 19656
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 also symbols of their authority. Modern Police Truncheons originated from these Tipstaffs. This is a good original large Victorian Tipstaff Truncheon. The body is made of ebonised wood tapered and shaped for grip. The staff measures 20” length. It has painted decoration featuring a Crown and Royal Cypher ‘V.R’ (Victoria Regina), Gold bands & red painted Ball top section. All of the staff’s colours are vivid but rubbed in areas consistent with service use. The grip holed for wrist strap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19656
£325.00

Victorian Tipstaff Truncheon With Hand Painted Decoration Including V.R. Royal Cypher. Sn 19654 - 19654
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 also symbols of their authority. Modern Police Truncheons originated from these Tipstaffs. This is an excellent original Victorian Tipstaff Truncheon. The body is made of ebonised wood tapered and shaped for grip. The staff measures 10 ¾” length. It has painted decoration featuring a Crown and Royal Cypher ‘V.R’ (Victoria Regina), Gold dots and crosses decoration and gold painted top section. All of the staff’s colours are vivid. One edge of the Crown decoration has some small dents consistent with service use. The grip is ribbed for grip and the butt has an iron ring for wrist strap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19654
£395.00
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