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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]


Just to let you know the two propelling pencils, in the form of pistols, have just arrived in the condition you sent them. Thank you very much indeed for your excellent and prompt service, and I will keep a look out on your site for any other pencils you may have for sale in the future.

M H, UK, 09.02.2011

The medal is in superb condition and the pouch. Thanks very much, Chris.

M T, UK, 21.03.2007