All posts by jbt1890

Victorian Police Rattle

Item 4     $ 200    SOLD

Rattle, wooden, small, weighted with folding handle, very good condition, used in mid-1800’s by  most British police forces. Die stamped, “FIELD 59 LEMAN St E” and “POLICE”

When the Metropolitan Police was formed in 1829 the rattle was a standard piece of equipment issued to each constable. Made to fit in a special uniform pocket, this rattle was one-bladed and had a folding handle. It was weighted with two lead plugs to make it swing easier and this also made it become a formidable weapon if necessary.

There appear to be two different sets of markings … first, on the handle and above the weights is stamped “W^D” which means “War Department” … and then, just above and within the weights is stamped “R” above “296”. I believe the two sets are separate because the “W^D” was done with a smaller die-stamp tool than the other markings. The “R 296” probably means “R” Division of the Metropolitan Police and inventory number “296”.

Perhaps this rattle was first used for police duty in the 1870’s -1880’s and was then retired away to some government warehouse. Then, at some later time, it was re-issued to the War Department for military use during one of the Empire’s wars of that period … maybe the Boer War, or even as late as WWI when rattles were used to alert folks of Zeppelin attacks.

 

Ratl1

Ratl2

Ratl3

Ratl4

Ratl5

Rare Police Report

Item 3     $500

Report, a hardbound formal report entitled, “THE FUNERAL OF KING GEORGE V.,   POLICE ARRANGEMENTS 28-1-1936.” This 20-page report has three large fold-out  maps indicating assigned positions for the various police agencies providing security along         the King’s funeral route. Hand-signed by George Stephens, Chief of Police, Great Western Railway Police

bk1

bk2

bk3

bk4

bk5

INTRODUCTION

PLEASE NOTE … THIS WEBSITE/BLOG IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND SOME, IF NOT MOST, OF THE CONTENT IS INVALID UNTIL THIS DISCLAIMER IS REMOVED.  IN OTHER WORDS, THE SALE DOES NOT  OFFICIALLY START AS LONG AS YOU CAN VIEW THIS DISCLAIMER PARAGRAPH.  AT THIS TIME I STILL HAVE DOZENS OF SMALL ITEMS AWAITING ENTRY AS WELL AS HUNDREDS OF BOOKS AND, AS A RESULT, I SUSPECT IT IS GOING TO TAKE MONTHS BEFORE COMPLETION ….. SO, IF YOU FIND A LISTING THAT INTERESTS YOU GO AHEAD AND EMAIL ME AND I WILL CONSIDER EARLY SALES !!!

As many of you know, I began collecting British and U.S. police items and memorabilia back in the mid-1970’s and I had been picking up items related to Sherlock Holmes even earlier than that.  Reluctantly I began selling off my collection around 2010 and currently it is down to about a quarter of its original size and content.  I have created this blog/website to facilitate the sale of the remaining items in my collection.

About Prices:  Some items will list a price, some will not.  If there is no price listed then make me a reasonable offer but be prepared for a counter proposal if I think your offer is too low.  As I have collector friends help me price items, I will post prices on as many items as soon as I can.  All prices will be listed in U.S. dollars (USD).  ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

About PENDING SALE:  If an item is marked PENDING SALE you are still free to make an offer higher than the listed sale price.  I am not trying to turn this into a bidding war … it is simply an opportunity for you to be second in line just in case the first transaction falls through (which does happen occasionally).

About Communications:  I don’t mean to be rude, but even if you have my telephone number or you track it down, PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE ME … use email for all communications.  You can email me at  sale AT constabulary.com  but you MUST replace the AT with the @ sign and have no blank spaces.  I take this silly precaution to stop some of the spam the results from posting a valid email address.

About Shipping:  The buyer will pay for all shipping costs.  I don’t intend to make any profit off of shipping.  Whatever I quote you is the cheapest, actual cost that the shipper has quoted me.  I prefer to use U.S.P.S. or U.P.S. but I will use whomever you request since you are paying for it.

Additional Shipping Costs:  Large and/or heavy items and framed items with glass may cost a little more to ship because I have to purchases special packing materials for these items.  For safety’s sake, I suggest you consider allowing me to remove the glass from any framed item.

About Payments:  All payments must be in U.S. dollars and must be made by using PayPal or by mailing me a postal money order that must clear my bank before I ship the purchased item.  You can pay money to my PayPal account by using my PayPal address which is  jtaylor AT technodev.com and replace AT with the @ sign and use no blank spaces.