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The earliest record of the Tipstaff (Warrant Stick) was in the 14th century. The name derives from the early origins of Policing when Warranted Officers would apprehend a criminal with the help if necessary of a tipped staff. The staff would be made of wood or metal and were not only a means of self-defence but the tips of the staffs would bear symbols of their authority. Modern Police Truncheons originated from these Tipstaffs. This is an excellent original Victorian Police Tip Staff/Truncheon of the Police constabulary/ watchman or magistrate with original hand painted decoration. The Baluster shape shaft is made of ebonised wood, tapered and shaped for grip. The staff measures 17 ½” in length. The painted decoration in the top section features a Crown and Royal Cypher ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina) together with an ornately written ’F.P.O’ (unknown). The staff has a ribbed grip. All of the staff’s colourful decoration is vivid. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20609.