Museums Home BMAGiC Home Search Browse BMAGiC Help About BMAGiC Contact Us

Constable's Truncheon

View main imageView larger image
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Additional Images

Click on each image below to view at full size:
View image 2 View image 3 View image 4 

Basic Information

Accession Number:1933F432.3
Collection:Social History
Date:1760 - 1820


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 ornament was becoming common. By the reign of William IV (1830-37), the royal crown and cypher were standard features of truncheon decoration.

Presented by Miss Estella Canziani, 1933.

Further Information

Reign:King George III
Production Period:18th century or 19th century
Medium:Turned. Painted.
Place of Origin:England - probably


Height:46.4 cm
Diameter:3.8 cm