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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.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


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

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