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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

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

Picked up the dirk this morning and actually waited until I got back home before unwrapping the package. It really exceeded my expectations...whilst the photos were good, to see and feel it in three dimensions was very exciting. A beatutful piece Chris, and worth the wait.

C C, Australia, 20.08.2010

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