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Title Metropolitan Police inspector's tipstaff
Nationality English
Period c 1840
Price £400.00

This is almost certainly an unmarked Parker Field product, made under contract for the Metropolitan Police. These were standardised c 1840 and the design lasted until c 1880 when they were phased out and replaced by the warrant card c 1890. The arresting officer simply touched the crown on the suspect's shoulder - a formal notice of arrest.

These tipstaves were issued to the rank of inspector and above. Ordinary police, including sergeants, simply carried a wooden truncheon.

Perhaps only 20% of the original lacquer finish remains on this tipstaff (7.4" long), with its gilt crown and what appears to be a rosewood grip (rather than ebony). The top unscrews to reveal the hollow interior of the top of the grip.

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[Militaria : Tipstaffs Truncheons : English : 19th Century]

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