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    Police related medals, awards and collectables- UK, Colonial & Commonwealth.

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  1. Hi SCollector and all-

    I am writing a book on medals and awards issued to police by local UK forces and authorities, essentially Counties, Cities and Boroughs. I have two Bradford items in the book which I would like to know more about- what they were for, criteria for issue etc and any info. Hope you can help! I believe they were either awards for some particular service, or possibly identification badges. First one is in gold, the second bronze or brass.

    David-  dpk@iinet.net.au

    Bradford Obv gold ex Trevor Finbow close.jpg

    Bradford 2nd type Obv close ex Finbow.jpg

  2. Hello All- I am writing a book on medals & awards issued by UK local authorities (Counties, Cities and Boroughs) to their police officers. A surprisingly large number! I recently came across the Gloucestershire Police Silver Braid Bravery Award- initiated in about 1919 to recognize acts of bravery by Gloucestershire police. It ran for a number of years and was quite frequently awarded to officers. It took the shape of a single full-size medal ribbon bar worn on the right tunic breast. Seeking any information, pictures of front and back and maybe to acquire one if I can! David Picton-King dpk@iinet.net.au

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    Seeking any information, images or an actual Gloucestershire Police Silver Braid Bravery Award. Initiated in about 1919, consists of a bar about the same size as a single-medal ribbon bar and worn on the right breast of the police tunic. Still being awarded up until recently. Hope you can help! David dpk@iinet.net.au


  4. Interesting idea on language variations. Might be a struggle to get all the required letters on the rim of a Welsh police medal-!!!
  5. Hi all, Not sure if anyone can help but I am seeking two original shamrock top brooch pin bars for the 1900 and 1903 Visit to Ireland Police medals. Picture attached- willing to pay a reasonable sum! Please let me know- David at dpk@iinet.net.au
  6. Hello All, Slightly off topic (or at least geographically distant) is the baton experience in Western Australia Police. On joining in 1973 we were presented with a dinky little rubber baton. It had a tightly wound steel spring at its centre, covered with a slightly flexible firm rubber outer- 14 inches long. This was particularly useless as a tool to subdue an angry man as it just didn't have the reach to connect from a safe distance. You virtually had to be wrestling with the crook before you could use it. It did have the novelty value of being able to be thrown down onto the footpath in front of lonely night beat constable, whereupon it would, if thrown just right, bounce up in front of him- to be caught in the hand ready for the next bounce. This was great fun until some imperfection in the footpath cause it to bounce back- not directly in front of the bored constable but sideways into a window. A surprising number of 'damage' incidents were detected and reported by vigilant police on the night beat!! The second issued baton was I think the best- a long spun aluminium beauty- it had a beautifully knurled handle, and was about 26 inches long. It looked impressive and that alone made it very effective as a control tool . It also had great 'reach' when it had to be used. Lastly we got the ASP- an extending baton of 24 inches which most coppers will know. It was light and easily carried when closed and had reasonable reach when used. Many of us felt it had the potential to cause excessive injury because it was thin, hard steel and so were reluctant to use it unless absolutely necessary. Couple of photos attached- don't have one of the aluminium model.

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    Seeking 2 original shamrock top brooch pin bars for the 1900 & 1903 Visit to Ireland Medals. Hope you can help! David dpk@iinet.net.au


  8. Problem partly solved. The medal was the Norfolk Veteran Medal- issued by the King to veterans of the armed forces who attended the Territorial Army review conducted during his visit in 1909. It may have also been issued to police who attended the event, or possibly who were veterans themselves. However it is most likely that it was issued only to military veterans in attendance that day. Pics shown.

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    I am collecting those medals and awards issued to police and Special Constables, by UK local authorities. These are the County, City and Boroughs of the UK- many of these issued medals and badges/awards to their police. They were generally for long service and meritorious conduct, but also occasionally for bravery. In some cases medals & badges were issued to police for their services at public or Royal occasions as well. Happy to hear from anyone with something to offer in this genre. David dpk@iinet.net.au


  10. I am researching police medals and awards issued by UK local authorities to their police, for long service as well as bravery and meritorious conduct. I have come across the following information regarding a supposed 'Norwich medal to police for a Royal Visit'. Can anyone help with more information? There is anecdotal information provided by Inspector C.W. Tozer, in his article ‘Provincial Police Medals’ (written about 1949) about the existence of a Norwich Police Medal. He found no known record of the medal but Tozer states a firm of military tailors in the City did recall it, and they believed it to have been issued between 1902 and 1914 to commemorate a Royal visit. It was said to be known as the ‘Mousehold Medal’. Inspector Tozer states he had a piece of ribbon said to belong to the medal, which is ‘red with a blue stripe towards one edge and a green stripe towards the other, with a narrow yellow stripe in the centre’. Examination of local records confirm 2 Royal visits. HM King Edward VII visited Norwich on 25th October 1909 to lay the foundation stone of the extension to the Norfolk & Norwich hospital. As part of the visit units of the Territorial Army paraded before the King on the Mousehold Heath review ground. There is also a record of King George V visiting Norwich in 1935. In view of the anecdotal evidence provided, the King Edward VII visit appears to be most likely to match the medal issue as described. The date of the visit (within the stated period), the activity at Mousehold Heath and the parade event probably meant a police involvement in managing the arrangements- with the consequent possibility of a commemorative medal. Any information gratefully accepted! David (dpk@iinet.net.au)
  11. Hi all- I have had a closer look at my obverses- in particular the QEII DEI GRATIA. The cupro-nickel Queens head is slightly more vertically placed on the disc than the Rhodium plated one. The rhodium plate head is tilted just a little towards the left- so that the cross on top of the rhodium crown point towards the end of the claw footing. The cupro-nickel cross points more towards the centre of claw fitting. Amazing what you see when you really look closely!
  12. Thanks Deelibob, always helps having eyes on the ground- especially from 12,000Km away!
  13. Hi Peter, thank you for the info. I bid on it but missed- it went for £75 and I was a little under. It looked to me that it may be missing a pin brooch or ribbon suspender- doesn't seem to be complete?? I collect all UK/Commonwealth police medals but particularly interested in the older UK County/Borough/City medals so if you spot any on the market please let me know.It's a bit hard to track them as most are UK based sales and I am in Australia. The time difference is a killer! Kind regards Dave. dpk@iinet.net.au
  14. Can anyone assist me with information about a silver coloured medal issued to Macclesfield Special Constables for World War 1 service. I have attached Obv and Rev pictures for information. Cannot find any references about it after numerous searches!
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