Lockdales – truncheon sale

September 8, 2014

Lockdales, the auctioneers based at Martlesham Heath in Suffolk have a large number of truncheons (mainly Scottish) in their next sale to held on the 13 and 14 September 2014.

Items of Scottish interest include truncheons listed as follows:

Argyleshire Constabulary – Burgh of Ardrossan – Glasgow – City of Aberdeen – Coatbridge Burgh Police – Dunbartonshire – Dunfermline City Police – Brecon area – Edinburgh City Police – Edinburgh High Constable –  Fifeshire Constabulary – Galashields Police – Govan Police – Maryhill Police – Mid Lothian – Musselburgh Police – Newburgh Police – Perth City Police – Stirling Burgh – Kirkaldy

Lot 728 is a transfer decorated truncheon inscribed ‘Edinburgh / Special / Constable / 1914-1919 / No 3’. This particular piece was ex my collection and illustrated in my book on page 148.

In my view the two highlights of the sale are as follows:

Lot 724, a truncheon described as being of an early type from the Brecon area. However, the catalogue image clearly shows a portcullis at the top of the body, which I suspect represent the arms of Westminster. The royal arms are interesting, but incorrect. The painter has made a hash of his heraldry but this only adds to the charm of this delightful piece.

Lot 741 is a very nice Victorian presentation truncheon inscribed ‘Presented by the Wolverhampton Police Force to Police Constable G. Rushbrook as a mark of Respect by his Brother Officers’.

All of the truncheons in this sale have very low estimates and well worth closer inspection. The catalogue can be viewed at www.lockdales.com.

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