Ross Mather

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    Bridgend, South Wales, UK
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    2010 to October 2013 - Curator of the South Wales Police Museum. Personally collecting old British Police helmets.Large collection of older pre-amalgamation Welsh police forces insignia. Looking to purchase older British police helmets or any older Welsh police insignia, decorated truncheons, tipstaffs etc.

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  1. Thank you. A photo of a few more of them. Ross
  2. Just to throw this into the mix ;-) I have a large collection of decorated Welsh truncheons. I've uploaded a couple of photos of some of them. The bulbous one 'CANAL' was of the Brecknock & Abergavenny Canal. It has painted details V1R and the monarchs Crown. This to show that the holder (likely a Constable) was acting on the authority of the 'Crown'. Also the orange coloured one to the left.........N.H.C.....Newport Harbour Commision police .... mid Victorian and again.....displaying the monarchs crown. Ross
  3. I have two of these Victorian belt buckles of the former Barry Dock Police. One is available for exchange for any other interesting and older Welsh police items for my collection. Ross
  4. There were no rules and regulations as to uniform and insignia in those days. Many Victorian Dock Company police badges have Victorian crowns. See no good reason to believe that Canal Company Police would be any different. Ross
  5. The chain surround could also point towards having a connection / theme to water. Often, chains / anchors / ropes were incorporated into their insignia. There were a lot of Canal Companies around in the Victorian times, and it was not unusual to have very few or even just the one policeman. My thoughts as a possibility for BTC - Bridgewater and Taunton Canal. Worth researching to see if this company had a policeman or police force. Most will have had police for the protection of cargo and company property. Ross
  6. Hello Steve. I do also have Bute Dock Police insignia.....but this post refers to the Barry Dock Police - not the Bute Dock Police. Ross
  7. I thought that I would share photographs of two Barry Dock Police tunic belt buckles that I have been able to add to my collection over the years. Exceptionally rare and both with Victorian crowns. As you can see they vary slightly in design and construction. I counted myself exceptionally fortunate to find one about 15 years ago (the worn one). A month ago I was fortunate enough to purchase the second one, which has not been worn through polishing. Barry Dock Police (Wales) was formed when the dock opened in 1889. The Barry Dock & Railway Co. changed its name to the Barry Railway Company in 1891. I believe that these buckles may pre-date 1891.
  8. Hello both. I have not been on this site for some time and was saddened to learn of the passing of Mervyn. I have known Mervyn since about 1980, and often corresponded with him. In the old days this was by way of a pen, paper and envolope that you'd put a stamp on!!! Rest In Peace Mervyn. Fond memories of a kind and generous man. In answer to the two above items. I have only ever added one of these batons to my collections on the one occasion. I have not researched them or their useage and was only given information by Mervyn. As such, cannot add much about the baton or the brassards Im afraid. Ross
  9. Hi Mervyn. I have downloaded some photos and text taken from the website of 'The College of Arms' relating to the planning of a Coronation at Westminster Abbey. As you will see the reference and photo show that other coloured Staff were used by officers with other specific duties. The text is....". The arm brassards shown on the left were worn during rehearsals by (from top to bottom): Abbey staff; Gold Staff Officers; tailors and technical attendants; doctors and medical attendants.The congregation were marshalled and ushered in Westminster Abbey by Gold Staff Officers, and others had related responsibilities. They were marked out by the staves they carried. The Gold Staff Officers' staves were designed by the Goldsmiths' Company, following discussions between the company and the Earl Marshal's Office about aspects of their design and their cost. Shown here are drawings of designs for the staves of the Gold Staff Officers, alongside seven examples of different staves.
  10. What are your opinions on these? Group described as Steward's Coronation Batons. Ross
  11. Thanks for the information Mervyn. One of the main attractions for me was the fact that it had provenance. Would be nice now to try and find other rank different coloured staffs.....and perhaps the arm bands that were also worn. There are a couple of chips to the paint, so may look to follow your suggestions of protecting it with a layer of varnish. Best wishes..............Ross
  12. Whoops.....don't know how I have managed to do that with the text!!!!
  13. Recently purchased. A 1937 Coronation Gold Staff Officers Baton. King George VI monogram and 'Coronation 1937' underneath. Accompanied by a gilt wooden plaque indicating this belonged to R. L. Murray-Lawes. 2nd Lieutenant R. L. Murray-Lawes served with 2nd Company, 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards during the First World War. The Staff officers were chosen from the three services - Army, Royal Navy and Royal Airforce. As well as the Baton they also wore a gold wool armband with a high quality finish. The duty of the Gold Staff Officer at the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth was to Marshal the Coronation procession inside Westminster Abbey. Robert Letheridge Murray-Lawes finished his military career in the rank of Lieutenant- Colonel after the second world war.He was the owner of the 423 acre Old Park Mansion Estate near Dover, which at the outbreak of the second world war, he gifted to the Ministry of War. .
  14. They did host the event Nick....NATO Summit Chicago 2012. No ball caps.....only plain sky blue NATO public order helmets ....or their own standard Department headwear.
  15. I agree Mervyn. Not my idea of memorabilia either.....but a big part of collecting police memorabilia these days. Each to their own I suppose. The peak looks oversize, but is just an optical illusion caused by the angle of the photo. You would not believe how highly sought after these were amongst the officers as only a small percentage were issued with them, - only certain level PSU's. Ross