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Title Midland Counties Railway Police truncheon
Nationality British
Period c 1836-44

'Midland Counties Railway Police' is painted in a scrolling ribbon, with No. 23 above. The Midland Counties Railway was incorporated in 1836, but in 1844 amalgamated with other companies to form the Midland Railway. It has a very small crown, with below the arms quartered for Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Warwickshire.

Information about this can be found in E.R.H. Dicken's The History of Truncheons under the extensive section on railway police.

The only damage worthy of mentioning is some typical wear on the rounded top of the truncheon and an old knot hole between the bottom two bands of the ribbon (see photo). The wood itself is boxwood, typical of all good quality Victorian truncheons of the mid-19th century.

As this truncheon would appear to only have been in use for some eight years, it can certainly be considered among one of the rarer early Victorian railway truncheons.

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

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


Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

By the way, I think your site is very user friendly. Seems to work much better than many and up to date, a rarity!!!

C W, UK, 20.04.2006

Just a short note to let you know that I have collected the Police fur cap this morning from the Post Office. I am really happy with it, and for sure I will give a thumbs-up to your service. This was the first item I ever bought from you, and I hope it will not be the last.

I G, Malta, 03.10.2005