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I have recently seen this item for sale, and I am hoping to start a small collection of antique truncheons from the Police Forces of Great Britain. It is on sale for £300, what do you think, and can anyone tell me about it. I am very new to this, and am currently waiting for the book 'The Policemans Lot' by Mervyn Mitton to arrive, to hopefully help me out. But in the meantime I would appreciate any assistance that you can give.

Thanks in advance

Tim

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Hi Tim,

Welcome to the GMIC.

Very nice tipstaff, I've been following this one myself.

In keeping with my own policy of not knowingly bidding against another member I'm out. :cheers:

In my opinion, if you can get this either for the opening bid or a bit hight it will be a good buy.

Please post the results and I hope your new tipstaff when you win the bid.

Regards

Brian

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Tim - I wish you luck in acquiring this fine example - and I think it is generous for Brian not to bid. I'm not sure that

is necessary, as unfortunately other bidders won't stand down for you.

The dealer has a very poor idea of what he is selling - he should of read my book................

Firstly, the price. If it goes at 300 pounds, that is a good price for a named item. I would say go to a max. of 400 (?) if

that is within your budget.

The item at 27cm. (10") is a tipstaff - and is typical of Cornish Truncheons and Tipstaffs. Whilst there are exceptions

they tended to have a four sided top - often with four different panels. This one has the post 1816 Arms for George 4th

(1820-1830). Since the Parish of St.Colomb is named - then this was for the Parish Constable. He may well have had a

longer truncheon or, a Staff. Either of these would also have been decorated in the same way.

I see time is nearly up - let us know if you are succesful ? Mervyn

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Unfortunately I was outbid on the item, I guess I left it too late to find his/hers limit! The item went for £330 in the end.

I would like to say thank you to Brian for standing aside on the bidding, hopefully you will forgive me for not getting, as you may well have put in a very strong bid initially to acquire it. Just out of curiosity, how much would you all have gone up to to secure it?

Thanks for all your help, I guess I will have to wait a while longer before my collection starts. However I'm looking forward to doing some research into the area.

Kind Regards

Tim

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Hi Tim,

Sorry to hear that you didn't end up with the tipstaff but that's the nature of auctions.

As to how much would I have gone up to, that's a little hard to say in that it is somewhat of a confession to have to admit. I don't collect with "investment" in mind so if I am really interested in an item I tend to bid well above market in order to secure it. To be honest, in this case I would have posted a snipe in the last 5 seconds (my usual trick) at £500. As Mervyn has stated these are worth in the neighbourhood of £400. I'm at the point in my collecting where missing out on a specimen is not the end of the world so no problems in not obtaining this one. It was more important to give a fellow member a chance to add it to his collection than to add it to mine.

As an example, there was an India General Service Medal offered a few months ago with the Abor bar which I had never been able to obtain. These usually sell for around $300. when you can find them, which is not often. With 5 seconds to go in the auction I slapped down $800. to assue my success, needless to say it is now in my collection and it cost me just under the market value...go figure.

To para-phrase Sun T'su, never go to "war" unless you have enough resources to assure a victory.

Good luck on your future collecting.

Regards

Brian

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This tipstaff was purchased by a dealer and is going for double what he paid for it........Ross

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