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G Hanson

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  1. No Mike, I don't think this was a painted example. Most dealers/collectors refer to this style truncheon as being early 20th century but I personally believe these to be earlier and from at least 1887. We know that there was a radical change to the truncheon regs in 1887 which stipulated the change in length and the retirement of the leather carrying tube. In the police/military things dont suddenly change overnight and there is a rather lengthy process from idea to sign off to implementation. The process regarding the implementation of whistles shows this to good effect a
  2. No problem Mike, glad to share. Truncheon #3 also displays a nice 'H' Division stamp as well as a couple of stamps to connecting Divisions 'G' & 'K'. Also of interest is a stamp which I initially thought was another 1884 Ordnance inspection stamp however, this stamp clearly shows the letter 'P' stamped beneath the 'WD'. My thought was that this stood for 'War Department Police' but this is clearly not the case as the correct title would have been 'War Department Constabulary', so I don't actually know what this stamp is? Stamps on the truncheon are; 215H, 64K, G469 and
  3. #2 - Early 'H' Division truncheon. "Parker 233 Holborn" stamp on pommel clearly identifies this piece as an earlier pre 1877 painted example. However, this has been altered post 1887, being shortened and paint removed. Shows remnants of the black paint and the red MP cartouche. Stamps are; Parker 233 Holborn, H305, K149 and the 1884 Defence Ministry Ordnance Board inspection of Met Police equipment stamp of arrow and WD.
  4. Mike, I completely agree with your 2nd post regarding the early stamped MP truncheons. It has been my own belief that the stamp - MP below crown - was the early stamp whilst the stamp - MP with crown in between the M & P - was the post 1887 version. Like you I am not a truncheon collector per se, but I wanted both an Metropolitan Police & City of London Police example from the period 1888. Below is my small collection which includes the early MP truncheon (#1) 2 interesting H Division marked examples (#2 & #3), a CoL (#4) and a nice Victorian period Detectives p
  5. After reading Nick's post I had a very quick look in my book on the police in Jack the Ripper era; "Capturing Jack the Ripper, In the boots of a Bobby in Victorian England". Undoubtedly, most collectors here will already own this book but for those that don't, I would thoroughly recommend you get this absolutely fantastic piece of work. As great as the book is, it has left me somewhat confused as the Index (p253) refers to a PC 56H Mizen which is backed up on p131. However, on p132 it refers to Mizen as PC 54H and on p90 as PC55H? I would of course love this to be connected to on
  6. Thanks Mike & Andrew for your comments. I am away this weekend but will try and get some interior shots posted as soon as. Andrew, thanks for the tip on the buttons. Unfortunately, the seller is all out of QVC horn buttons so if you could part with some of yours I would be hugely grateful. The buttons on the tunic are identical on the front with the majority marked as “English Made” apart from 1 which appears to have a makers name which is illegible. Tunic currently locked away in a suitcase but the awful smell is still managing to get out!! Desperate to clean it
  7. A few days ago my wife decided last minute to go to a car boot sale with my sister in law, leaving me behind to do some "DIY" (aka watching football). She returned home later with a carrier bag proudly and excitedly stating she had bought a "really, really old coat". Before I even opened my mouth to say "what on earth for?" the smell from the carrier bag hit me like a kick from a mule! This was an old coat alright with that familiar smell of stale tobacco, sweat and general age mustiness. Immediately, I wanted to snatch the bag from her and throw it in the garden, that was until
  8. As my former rank was Sergeant, I decided to collect a Sgt's medal from each Division involved in the hunt for JTR. I have been looking for a 'H' Division example for many years and when the Roskelly piece appeared on DNW I thought I would finally be able to complete my quest. I put an initial bid on the medal with the intention of tuning in to the live auction. However, due to reasons beyond my control I could not partake in the live auction and my initial bid was beaten by just £20. I am still feeling physically sick!!
  9. It transpired that the above helmet did not have 6 panels on the exterior as first led to believe, but rather a 6 panel construction interior! So, the hunt continues. Can anyone please tell me if the Victorian era Met Police helmets ever had a single vent hole and if so, when did they change to two vents?
  10. The fact that there is a possibility they could be Victorian is enough to make me happy. Do you think the leather is from the collar of the tunic?
  11. Sorry, completely forgot to post the front. Would be nice if these were of the Victorian period.
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