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Police Items Pre -1900


Rare; Detective's Short Truncheon c1880

A rare mid - late victorian detective's short truncheon c1880.

12 inch Lignum vitae wood truncheon with early type beehive handle.

Truncheon is in good solid condition just slightly warped.


Preston Docks Watchmans Truncheon

Preston Dock opened in 1892 and, at the time, was the largest single dock in the country. The basin was named after Queen Victoria's first son, Albert Edward the Prince of Wales, due to the Prince laying the dock foundation stone in 1885. 

This is a late 19th to early 20th century Watchmans wooden truncheon stamped PRESTON DOCKS.

17.5 inches long and in good solid condition (no cracks or splits).


Victorian Parish Constables Truncheon

An early Victorian Parish Constables turned wooden truncheon, topped with a painted crown.

The 21 inch truncheon with black painted body, gilt painted crown over “VR” and the initials “FP” within an oval.

Paintwork with some chips but totally original.


William IV Truncheon 
A William IV truncheon with polished plain body and bulbous grip.

The body painted with crown surmounted by “W.IV.R.”.

Some old woodworm.


Victorian Police Truncheon c1880-1890

A large wooden Victorian Police Truncheon c1880 -1890, 17 ½ inches (44.4cm) with beehive type handle.

In Good solid condition.


William IV Painted Police Truncheon

A William IV painted wood truncheon, bearing gilt crown over “IV.WR” cypher and the number “3” in an oval painted gold panel.

18 inches (44.5 cm) long.

Good solid condition with some paint loss but totally original.


Late Victorian Lancashire County Constabulary Truncheon
A late Victorian 15 inch, heavy wood police truncheon, die-stamped L.C.C ( Lancashire County Constabulary) below a queens crown plus the numbers "0, 375, 365".
Truncheon is in god solid condition and is complete with it's leather wrist strap.


Early Victorian Painted Police Truncheon
A 16.5 inch early Victorian police truncheon with black painted body and red top.

Body with yellow painted crown over “VR”.

No cracks or splits just some loss of paint and general wear.


British Mounted Policeman's Truncheon c1880

A rare Victorian 26 inch heavy wood (1.6 lb)  British mounted policeman's truncheon c1880.

Good solid condition.


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.
15 inch heavy wood truncheon.

In good solid condition no damage.


Victorian Leicester Police Truncheon
A late 19th century Victorian wooden police truncheon.
Body stamped “LEICESTER” and “1868”
15.5 inches long.
A couple of old hairline cracks but remains solid.


Victorian Hiatt Best Adjustable Handcuffs
A rare set of late Victorian 'Hiatt Best' adjustable police handcuffs, each cuff is stamped 'Hiatt Best Warranted Wrought' and the number '73' the back strap is stamped with the word 'Hard'
In good working order complete with original Hiatt key.


19th Century Handcuffs by Sir Peter Tait

Sir Peter Tait had premises in Limerick and London and was a supplier to the British government of military uniforms and accoutrements during the mid 19th century and also supplied uniforms to the Confederacy during the American civil war.

These are a rare set of handcuffs stamped on each bow 'SIR P. TAIT & Co LONDON' and are in good working order.


Mid 19th Century Handcuffs by Thompson
Thompson was a English firm located in Birmingham. 

The first reference in the Birmingham City directories appears in 1845 with John Thompson listed as a handcuff maker at 9 Court Coleshill Street. A few years later he moves to Bartholomew Street at an address very close to where William Froggatt's company was located. 

Thompson was also a supplier of handcuffs to the union during the American civil war 1861-1865.
This is a rare set of handcuffs made by Thompson and are in excellent condition and working order with original matching number key.


19th century Thames River Police Sword/Cutlass
The Thames river police was formed in 1798 as a private concern and then taken into government control in 1800. In 1839 it was incorporated into the metropolitan police but still retained its distinctive uniform and organisation based on the Royal Navy.
The cuttlass type sword has a cast brass-hilt with knuckle bow and side guard.

The 27 inch slightly curved blade with a single fuller along both sides and stamped at the ricasso with crowned inspection mark. Contained in its original black leather scabbard with brass mounts.

The scabbard release button is still present and working well.
Overall Length: 32 Inches (81.28 cm)


Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Co. Police Handcuffs
A rare set of Late 19th century Railway Police leading (come along) handcuff by Hiatt of Birmingham. Cuffs are stamped HIATT on one side and L&Y.R.Co (for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company) on the other.
The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company commenced operating from 1847 till 1922 when they amalgamated into the London & North Western.
The cuffs would have been used by the British Transport Police for escort prisoners.
Plated finish worn in places with some rust but still in good working order.