English 18th Century Thames River Police Brass Truncheon
Original Item: Only One Available. Very seldom do we ever see anything like this. Original Brass marked English River Police Truncheon retaining its original Ebony wood type handle. Marked "III" over "G.R." over "THAMES POLICE" over "No 27" over "WAPPING" on the brass truncheon shaft which is surmounted with a substantial brass ball. Making this a fearsome club that would enforce the law in any circumstances.
Dating from the reign of King George III (1760-1820). The Wapping Docks are one of London's most well-known and infamous docks of the 18th and 19th centuries being the principal harbor used by The British East India Company and smuggling was a way of life.
Truncheon measures 16" overall this has just come out of a very old collection and retains the remains of many years of Brass Polish in the cracks. In wonderful Collectors Condition this very much resembles examples shown in the authorities study of "A Policeman's Lot" by Mervyn A. Milton published by the Quiller Press in 1985.
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