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Constable's Truncheon - London & Birmingham Railway

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1967F1342
Collection:Social History
Date:1825 - 1850

Maker Information

Attributed to:William Parker - View biography for William Parker


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.

Purchased, 1967.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Turned. Painted.
Place of Origin:London, England


Height:46.8 cm
Diameter:3.8 cm