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Watchman's Truncheon

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1932F12
Collection:Social History
Date:1865 c - 1865 c

Notes

Truncheons come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, with a range of painted decoration, often very elaborate. Early truncheons were used a symbol of authority by constables or other lawmen. It is sometimes difficult to identify the exact use of a truncheon, this being indicated by the particular coat-of-arms and inscriptions painted upon it. By the seventeenth century , painted and gilded truncheon ornament was becoming common. By the reign of William IV (1830-37), the royal crown and cypher were standard features of truncheon decoration.

Bequeathed by Miss A M Baker, 1932.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Turned. Painted.
Material(s):Paint

Dimensions

Height:34 cm
Width:4 cm