Lot 590 in the forthcoming Biddle & Webb auction (12 September 2014) represents a fine example of a parish constable’s truncheon.
The truncheon is finely decorated with the royal arms used by George III between 1801 and 1816. Below is a charming representation of a hart proper (in its natural colours) on a mound. While a hart is used in the arms of both Derby and Hertfordshire this piece probably originates from Hertfordshire.
A truncheon in a private collection inscribed ‘Hatfield’ and dated 1803 also bears an identical set of arms, supporting the Herefordshire attribution.
While many truncheons have the place name inscribed thereon those with local heraldry are to be prized.