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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]


Bayonet arrived safe + sound this AM Sat. Special delivery excellent again. Worth the few extra bob. To be honest it was better than I dared hope. I usually avoid polished bits like the plague!! Your price was a bit fierce!! - but a great marking I lacked... Please email me anytime you have anything that might be of interest.

C W, UK, 09.09.2006

...acquiring this bayonet has completely changed my way of thinking on collecting bayonets. I have become extremely fond of the bayonet... Thanking you once again for the very professional way in which you handled the money [going to the wrong account] problem.

P J, South Africa, 04.02.2006