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Title Metropolitan Police inspector's tipstaff
Nationality English
Period c 1860
Price £475.00

This is almost certainly an unmarked Parker Field product, made under contract for the Metropolitan Police. These were standardised c 1840 and the design lasted until c 1880 when they were phased out and replaced by the warrant card c 1890. The arresting officer simply touched the crown on the suspect's shoulder - a formal notice of arrest.

These tipstaves were issued to the rank of inspector and above. Ordinary police, including sergeants, simply carried a wooden truncheon.

This tipstaff (7.1" long) has most of the original lacquer finish, with a gilt crown and an ebony grip. The top (crown) unscrews to reveal the hollow interior of the top of the grip.

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


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

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