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Police Items Pre -1900

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City of London Police truncheon
A late Victorian 15 inch heavy wood police truncheon stamped near the top with a Queen Victoria crown along with the letters CP (City Police) for the City of London Police.
In good solid condition with just the odd knock and small crack at the tip.


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Great Eastern Railway Police Truncheon
A rare Railway Police truncheon by Hiatt, stamped G.E.R (for the Great Eastern Railway)
The Great Eastern Railway operated from 1862 up until 1923 when it was grouped into the London and North Eastern Railway.
The 15” (38cm) hard wood truncheon still retaining its original leather wrist strap and is in very good condition.
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Victorian Police Truncheon

A large Victorian wooden Police Truncheon, 8 ½ “ (47cm) with beehive type handle, gold painted letters V.R (faded) and stamped C 624.

All in good solid condition.


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19th Century Police Cutlass/Hanger by W Parker

A 19th century Police Cutlass/Hanger with a 24” (61cm) curved blade etched W. PARKER. WARRANTED., regulation brass hilt with D-shaped knuckle guard, stepped pommel and ribbed fishskin grip's.

The D guard is slightly out of shape and the hilt is also slightly loose, blade showing a dark patina. William Parker was one of the very first suppliers of police equipment to the early British police forces including the Bow street Public office up till his death in 1841.

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Early 19th century British Police / Prison Officers Cutlass
An early 19th century Police / Prison officers cutlass with leather ribbed grips, brass D shaped knuckle guard, stepped pommel, 22.5” curved fullered blade 28” overall length.
Cross guard is stamped with the number 504.
Blade is undamaged and in general good condition with dark age related patina. Hilt is tight to the blade, scabbard release button is present and still in working order.
Lacks scabbard.

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Victorian British Police Constabulary Hanger
A very good Victorian Police Hanger of the type carried by British police officers during the mid to late 19th century. With brass D shaped hand guard, stepped pommel and fish skin grips. The 24inch curved spear point blade is in excellent condition and is contained in its original black leather brass mounted scabbard with original black leather frog. The scabbard release button is still present and working well.
All in very good condition.
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Hiatt Leading Handcuff c1890
A set of 19th century leading (come along) handcuff by Hiatt of Birmingham. With hand engraved flower decoration to centre hinge, maker stamped “Hiatt”
This type of cuff was used to control prisoners rather than just to restraint them, the smaller open end cuff would be locked on to the prisoner’s wrist whilst the larger end would be used by the officer to manipulate and inflict pain by twisting. Used by British Police and H.M Prison Officers up until the 1950s.
In good working condition with a small area of pitting to one side near the lock catch.


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Victorian Oldham Police Truncheon
An original Victorian ebony police truncheon hand decorated in gold paint with a queens crown over the Oldham coat of arms to front face and ‘V R’ over ‘O P’ (Oldham Police) to the opposite face.
Length 16.5” (42cm).
In good condition with some wear to decoration and minor dings to wood.
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Victorian British Police Cutlass / Hanger
A totally original Victorian Police Cutlass/ Hanger and black steel mounted leather scabbard.
The cutlass has a good clean 24” curved spear point blade, its steel hand guard & stepped pommel are pitted but are undamaged, the fish skin hand grips are undamaged and the scabbard release button is working as it should. The original leather scabbard has age consistent wear with pitting to steel mounts but remains undamaged. The overall length of the cutlass is 30”.

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Late Victorian City of London Police truncheon
A late Victorian wooden police truncheon stamped near the top with a Queen Victoria crown along with the letters CP (City Police) for the City of London Police.
The 15 inch heavy wood truncheon is in very good condition.
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Heavy Wood Police Truncheon, Late Victorian
Late Victorian heavy wood (ebony) police truncheon, die-stamped L.C.C below a queens crown (possibly Lancashire County Constabulary) and the number of the constable 1 9 5 5.
Truncheon is 15” long showing a few dents but remains in solid condition.
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Late Victorian Metropolitan Police Truncheon

From 1890s onwards Metropolitan police truncheons were not generally decorated but were die-stamped usually with the initials ‘MP’ and also, very often, with the division and divisional number of the constable. The early ones were made of teak, ebony or lignum vitae. See page 38 of ‘The Policeman’s Lot’ by Mervyn Mitton

This is a late Victorian c1890s – 1900 heavy wood Metropolitan police truncheon die-stamped ‘MP’ centred with a Queens crown.

15” (38cm) long and in good condition with no splits or cracks.

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Manchester Police Leading Handcuff
A set of Late 19th century leading (come along) handcuff by Hiatt of Birmingham. Cuffs are stamped HIATT STEEL and MANCHESTER POLICE. The centre hinge is engraved P 201
This type of cuff was used to control prisoners rather than just to restraint them, the smaller open end cuff would be locked on to the prisoner’s wrist whilst the larger end would be used by the officer to manipulate and inflict pain by twisting. Used by British Police and H.M Prison Officers up until the 1950s

The cuffs are in good working order with rust and pitting to some parts of the metal.

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British Police Tailcoat Pocket Flail c1850

A British police flail of the type that was intended to be carried in tailcoat pockets of Police officers during the mid 19th century.

This is a rare carved wood flail with two parts joined by a metal link 181/4 inches (46.5cm) long overall.

In good solid condition with just a couple of small splits to wood that are consistent with its age.

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Victorian Leeds Constabulary Truncheon
A mid Victorian Leeds Police truncheon c1870
The 17.5 inch Lignum vitae wood truncheon with early beehive knop handle and stamped ‘LEEDS CONSTABULARY’ Truncheon is in good solid condition with just the usual bumps and scratches consistent with age.
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Handcuffs by Field & Sons 233 Holborn London

A good mid 19th century set of police handcuffs by Field & Sons.

Field & Son operated from the 233 Holborn London address from 1842 till moving to 59 Leman Street in 1877.

In good working condition

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Victorian Police Truncheon By Field

A 17.5" Victorian Police truncheon maker marked ‘Field 59 Leman St’

Field produced Police and military equipment between 1877-1879 at the 59 Leman Street address.

In good solid condition for age.

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Victorian Cheshire constabulary truncheon with original leather case

A rare late Victorian Cheshire constabulary police truncheon in original Fields patented leather truncheon case.The Fields patent case had a spring covered with a leather button at its base and when the top of the case was opened the truncheon would spring up ready to be used by the police constable.

Field was a manufacturer and supplier of police equipment during the 19th century up until 1886 when the company’s name disappeared from all trade books

Truncheon is stamped Cheshire constabulary No 2 Division and is 16 ¾ “ (42cm) in length.

Case is stamped with a crown over Fields patent and is 23” (59cm) in length.

This is a very rare item in full working order and in very good condition.

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Victorian Military Police Truncheon by Field

A 17.5" Victorian Military Police truncheon, stamped with British military acceptance broad arrow and ‘W I’

Maker marked ‘Field 59 Leman St’

Field produced Police and military equipment between 1877-1879 at the 59 Leman Street address.

In very good solid condition.

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 Late 19th century Dowler Darby handcuffs
 William Dowler & son where manufacturas of police and military accoutrements throughout the 19th century up until about 1904.
 Marked "Dowler" to each cuff, in good solid condition with some plate loss. No key
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Victorian Dolan & co London Police Crescent Lamp

 An antique police lamp with bulls eye lens, belt hook and carrying handles.

The lamp measures 6 inches high and has a brass plaque which reads “Patent The Crescent Lamp Dolan & co London”, it also has the original paraffin burner with match strike plate, there is a lever on the side which can be moved to black out the lamp but this is jammed.

The lamp has been painted at some time and apart from the jammed lever it is in good used condition.

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Hiatt’s Patent Adjustable Handcuffs
Victorian Hiatt adjustable police handcuffs stamped “Hiatt’s Patent”
Hiatt patented its first pattern adjustable handcuffs in 1884 and stamped them with “Hiatt’s Patent” up until c1900.
This set still has most of the original silver plate finish left, they are in excellent working order with original matching numbered (34) key. Also stamped “Hiatt Warranted Wrought, 34, Hard”.
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Hiatt Leading Handcuff
A set of Late 19th century leading (come along) handcuff by Hiatt of Birmingham. With engraved decoration to centre hinge, maker stamped “Hiatt”
This type of cuff was used to control prisoners rather than just to restraint them, the smaller open end cuff would be locked on to the prisoner’s wrist whilst the larger end would be used by the officer to manipulate and inflict pain by twisting. Used by British Police and H.M Prison Officers up until the 1950s.
In excellent condition.
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Hiatt Best Handcuffs
Pair of original late 19th century Hiatts best handcuffs.
Made from wrought iron these would be the most heavy duty handcuffs of the 19th century.
On each side of both cuffs is stamped “HIATT BEST WARRANTED WROUGHT” and also the number “22,” on the other side is stamped “HARD”
Retaining most of the original plate finish and in perfect working order.
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Victorian Metropolitan Police Truncheon

From 1890s onwards Metropolitan police truncheons were not generally decorated but were die-stamped usually with the initials ‘MP’ and also, very often, with the division and divisional number of the constable. The early ones were made of teak, ebony or lignum vitae. See page 38 of ‘The Policeman’s Lot’ by Mervyn Mitton

This is a late Victorian c1890s – 1900 heavy wood Metropolitan police truncheon die-stamped ‘MP’ centred with a Queens crown.

15” (38cm) long and in good condition with no splits or cracks.

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Victorian Leather Truncheon Case with Plain Wooden Truncheon
An original late Victorian black leather truncheon case with belt loop and plain wooden truncheon.

The Leather truncheon case is very nicely made, it thick leather, stitched down a seam on the back with a removable top which has a collar. 

The reverse of the case has a leather belt loop stitched to it. 

The top is retained with a leather strap which is stitched to the belt loop. 

The case measures 15 ½” long and retains all of its stitching which is secure. The 15 ¼” truncheon has had a few knocks/dents and a small surface crack near to the grip but still remains very solid.
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Hiatt Plug 8 Handcuffs

Very Rare small size Hiatt Plug 8 handcuffs and key c1800.

The handcuffs are maker stamped (faint but still visible) ‘HIATT’ and ‘HARD’ and both the key and the cuffs are marked with the letter ‘g’.

Inside dimensions of each wrist cuff is just 2 ½ “ at widest point, overall size of handcuffs is 4 ½ “

In very good working order with nice age related patina to metal.

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Royal Irish Constabulary Whistle c1885
Nice Early Whistle:
The Metropolitan Patent
Royal Irish Constabulary
J. Hudson & Co
131 Barr St. Birmingham
J. Hudson were only located at 131 Barr Street for 3 years from 1885 until 1888.
This is a very early whistle and in very good condition
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Early 19th Century Watchman’s Rattle
This type of rattle was used by Watchmen prior to the formation of the Metropolitan police (1829) it was not swung but held in one hand by the handle and revolved by means of a knob on the top.
This particular rattle is showing its age with some bruising and a split to the wooden body and clacker tong but is still working although the top knob is missing.

10" (25cm) long and 7.5" (19cm) top to bottom of handle.

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Victorian Police Rattle

A mid to late 19th century, lead weighted, British wooden Police rattle.

In good working order

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Victorian, City of London Police Truncheon
An early Victorian city of London Police truncheon by Parker.
This is an early type and was probably issued to special constables at the Chartist riots, see page 37 of The Police Man’s Lot by the late Mervyn Mitton.
The (47cm) truncheon is painted with the white shield of the city of London and maker stamped ‘Parker 233 Holborn’ (pre-1841).
In good condition.

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Victorian Manchester City Police Truncheon
An early Victorian Manchester city police painted wood truncheon with crown VR over the arms of Manchester and the letters ‘M.C’ for Manchester City.
17 ¼” (43.5cm)
Condition; wood solid with no splits or cracks, paint chipped and worn, some old damaged to end of handle (see pictures).

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Victorian Blackburn Police Truncheon
A very rare Victorian Blackburn borough police truncheon dated 1851
The 17 ½ “ truncheon painted with coat of arms of Blackburn, flanked left to right by the date 1851 and circumscribed ‘BLACKBURN BOROUGH POLICE’ also stamped ‘FIELD 233 HOLBORN’ to end of handle.
The borough of Blackburn received its Charter of Incorporation on 28 August 1851.
Condition; wood solid with no splits or cracks paint chipped and worn.

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Victorian Salford Police Truncheon
A Victorian 18” wooden police truncheon painted with coat of arms of the borough of Salford and circumscribed ‘BOROUGH OF SALFORD POLICE FORCE’ and the motto’ Integrity and Industry’
The truncheon has had a repair to the lower part of the shaft but remains in very solid condition with good original paint work.

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Victorian Nottingham City Police Handcuffs

A very rare set of mid Victorian Nottingham City Police handcuffs manufactured by Field & Sons.

The cuffs are marked N.C.P for the Nottingham City Police and also the name and address of ‘Field & Sons 233 Holborn London’ who was a well known supplier of police equipment during the 19th century. Field & Son operated from the 233 Holborn London address from 1842 till moving to 59 Leman Street in 1877.

The cuffs are in perfect working order and come with their original key.


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Liverpool City Police Whistle
19th century Liverpool City Police brasses Beaufort whistle.
Probably made by De Courcy c1880.
In good working condition.
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19th Century British Police Handcuffs

A pair of mid-to-late 19th century Hiatt handcuffs stamped HIATT BEST WARANTED WROUGHT also stamped E.S.C (for the East Sussex Constabulary) and P.C 202.

In good working condition with some loss to nickel plate.


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Antique Burnley Police Whistle
A late Victorian to Edwardian Police whistle, marked ‘The Metropolitan J. Hudson & Co
131 Barr St. Birmingham’ and ‘Burnley Police’
J. Hudson were located at 13 Barr Street from 1888 until 1909.
This is a very rare Burnley Police whistle and in very good condition
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Hiatt First Pattern Adjustable Handcuffs c1900

Hiatt’s first pattern number ‘1’ adjustable ratchet handcuffs, cuffs have a nice brown patina and are stamped Hiatt 1, British Made, and S.?.P, with original key also stamped Hiatt 1 and S.A.P.

 In very good working order.

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