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Title King's Marshalman's tipstaff, silver mounted
Nationality British
Period 1831
Sold

Magnificent King's Marshalmen tipsaff, London hallmarks for 1831, maker Isaac Hebberd. The staff body is ebony with a black lacquer finish. One silver cap is engraved with the Victorian Royal Arms, the other with the portcullis crest of the Houses of Parliament.

The King's Marshalmen, led by the Knight Marshal (the deputy of the Earl Marshall, a royal court official), were the police for Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, the House of Lords from the 18th century through to circa 1939. Their office was the oldest police force in England, dating back to Henry VIII. They had jurisdiction within 12 miles of Whitehall.

This staff would originally have shown the Hanoverian shield in the centre of the Royal Arms, later replaced with the Victorian shield (Victoria reigned 1837-1901).

On my site, there are also the uniform and sword of this unit. This is probably the rarest English silver-mounted tipstaff of a police unit that one is ever likely to find. At any given point, there were only eight Marshalmen in service.

This tipstaff comes with documentation: old photos showing them being carried circa 1890 and 1925; a brief history of the unit; and the page from Court Dress Regulations, circa 1930.

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


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

testimonials

The painting of Alexander Pock is restored and meanwhile at his new owner, who is very content.

Thank you for your assistance to get it to Germany.

U S, Germany, 27.12.2012

I received the item today, you had packed it well and there were no problems with customs. Overall I was happy with it although the blade was a little bit worse than I had imagined, however thank you for your efforts.

P P, Australia, 09.03.2011

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