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Title Union Hall tipstaff for Southwark, London
Nationality British
Period c 1795
Sold

A rare example of a 1792-instituted London police officer's tipstaff, it is sadly not personally attributable. It is engraved 'POLICE OFFICE // UNION HALL' on the brass barrel, which is somewhat pickled and patinated with age. Union Hall was in Southwark, South London, between Lambeth and the river Thames.

There are quite severe perishing cracks at the junction of the grip and the base of the metalwork. There is a replacement purple velvet cushion inside the crown. The barrel is loosely attached to the grip with some modern paper, forming a friction fit. This is easily removable.

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


[Militaria : Tipstaffs Truncheons : British : 18th Century]

testimonials

[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

My Arisaka arrived at 9.00am. Very prompt delivery and excellent packaging! The blade is superb.. and just what I was after, its in very fine condition and just as you described.. I've referenced it in my copy of Raymond La Bar's book "Bayonets of Japan".

Many thanks, Chris, once again its been a pleasure doing business!

S A, UK, 14.08.2012

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