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Title George IV Birmingham City truncheon, no 3
Nationality British
Period c 1820-30

This is a splendid example of a constable's truncheon for the Manor of Birmingham, whose Court Leet appointed two constables annually. It is attributable to John Thorp, an heraldic painter, as signed examples of his truncheons exist. It is decorated with the George IV cipher and measures nearly 17" long.

The bulk of these are held by the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and are thus rarely seen on the market.

Apart from some age wear to the varnish, the paintwork is in great shape with only a small scar at the lion's throat and two further scars across the unicorn's legs. There is a photo page with seven examples of this type in Fenn Clark's Truncheons and an excellent write up on their history in Dicken's book on truncheons.

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

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


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The parcel has arrived. Fantastic bayonets!!! Thank you very much!

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