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NickLangley

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  1. Not necessarily British policemen. The traditional British police helmet was modelled on the army's Home Service Helmet and military fashion would suggest that other organisations followed suit. For example Pennsylvania State Police wore British pattern helmets for a time. A close inspection of the helmet plates shows that there is no crown on the eight pointed star. Now a few British forces did wear crownless helmet plates, but commonsense would suggest that these are continental soldiers wearing the latest military fashion Circa 1904-5.
  2. Well, according to this link http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2011/08/31/star-david the Trinidad connexion looks dubious. It states that the Trinidad Constabulary was wearing a "Star of David" type badge well before the end of the 19th Century.
  3. So where on the wicking t-shirt do you wear the ribbon?
  4. It's hard to imagine someone of Mr Perrott's social standing being a "hobby bobby" nowadays. But then you only have to look at old photos (during the General Strike in particular) to realise that the Special Constabulary then was a very different creature from its modern counterpart.
  5. I'd say that being Commandant of a small borough's special constabulary pre-WW2 was very much a position in the local social/political scene. As he subequently became mayor it's a pretty good bet he sat on the Watch Committee and was, in effect, the Chief Constable's boss.
  6. The general view is that this badge was not an issue item but was manufactured and purchased privately. Which reminds me of Sir Hugh Orde, erstwhile President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, who generated some derision by being photographed wearing an ACPO cap badge of his very own design. Unfortunately, for future collectors, his badge lacked the "quality" of its Great War counterparts, looking more like a gift from a Christmas Cracker. Truly a plastic policeman.
  7. Pretty good. Both Metropolitan Police officers and you have their collar numbers. "C" division covered Mayfair and St James. The Metropolitan Police have a family records department which you can find on the net. I think they charge a few £ to search their database.
  8. A handy link to Boston (Mass) Public Libraries who have very kindly digitised the whole book Book of Public Arms
  9. Great post Kilkenny, And when you take a closer look at #1 it doesn't look quite "right". But I do have to tip my hat (helmet?) to the props manager who went to such trouble to be that accurate. We can all think of some of the more egregious mistakes modern tv/film designers make when it comes to historical accuracy.
  10. The quality is superb. Pity the collectors of a hundred-years'-time discussing the finer points of an unissued wicking polo and ID lanyard.
  11. Officers with jelled hair and designer stubble.
  12. Not the finest example of the patchmaker's art but at least Illinois State Police had a go. I seem to recall that The Met opened a gift shop a few years ago to sell Met-themed merchandise a la NYPD. Loads of stuff (cufflinks, desksets and the like) designed to appeal to the over-seventy-year-olds. Utterly clueless.
  13. Why are the Brits so poor at this kind of thing? I haven't got a problem with the ballcap per se but at least put some effort into the graphic design! I can't imagine the Americans hosting a similar event and ending up with a such a naff souvenir.
  14. Imagine the fun our great-great grandsons will have pouring over the finer points of wicking t-shirts and hi-viz fleeces circa 2014.
  15. I forgot Halifax County Borough Police. The town is now part of the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in the former Metropolitan County of West Yorkshire - which was abolished in 1986 - but still within the jurisdiction of the West Yorkshire Police. See, we do like it complicated!
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