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  1. For what it's worth, I don't believe it is an original 1880's jacket as there are a couple of stylistic features that to me would put it later. However, those could maybe at a pinch fit with say a c.1900/01 jacket or within a few years, and if stocks of buttons were being used up or an old hand held onto his older style as long as possible that could make sense. Some posters my recall my thread on the subject of the period kit below: https://gmic.co.uk/topic/54174-metropolitan-police-kit-c1880-1920-what-do-you-have-put-away/?tab=comments#comment-496219 One of the key differences between the later dress tunics which are often used to represent Ripper period jackets is the cuffs. The later dress jackets almost always have plain box cuffs, sometimes faux French/barrel cuffs. In the late 19th/early 20th century period they should have V or lancer cuffs - exactly as here. That to me is a strong piece of evidence in its favour. And I would happily buy jackets like that at £15 all day long.
  2. What an excellent find, and a rare survivor that I'm sure is making a lot of faces envious on screens around the world. Is it possible for you to post a few more images of the interior, as I for one would be very interested to see just how similar and different these early jackets are to the later dress ones that often get used as Victorian tunics. As to replacement buttons, I highly recommend: http://www.goldenagebuttons.co.uk/lists/Police.htm Metropolitan (Type 2). ”Metropolitan Police” in buckle around QVC Horn, one-piece convex, 25 mm. £2.50 Although if you're looking to get exact matches I might have one or two. What maker/style should they have on the back?
  3. It is worth pointing out that it could equally be the ribbon for the 1914 Star, as it is identical to that of the 1914-15 Star (and quite likely a better contender given the officers previous military service and high rank).
  4. Wide left arm against narrow right arm is the standard way to do a V in Roman numerals, eg:
  5. Thanks Alan, that proves my point quite nicely. Admission of guilt is not the same as a criminal conviction. Though Christie admitted to many of the murders they only needed the one conviction to achieve the ultimate punishment and that was what was successfully achieved.
  6. My understanding was as per the following information from his Wiki entry - namely that although guilty of multiple murders he was only ever convicted of one - his wife - essentially on the grounds of it being the one with which a conviction was most likely to be secured (and succeeded): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Christie_(murderer) “Christie was tried only for the murder of his wife Ethel. His trial began on 22 June 1953, in the same court in which Evans had been tried three years earlier. Christie pleaded insanity and claimed to have a poor memory of the events. Dr. Matheson, a doctor at Brixton Prison who evaluated Christie, was called as a witness by the prosecution. He testified that Christie had a hysterical personality but was not insane. The jury rejected Christie's plea, and after deliberating for 85 minutes found him guilty. Christie did not appeal against his conviction.”
  7. Medal Index Card of John Christie confirms entitlement to the standard BWM and VM only. It is interesting to note that the card bears a pencilled inscription of 11 over 5 over 53. This is a simple date code to show that the card was examined on the 11th of May 1953. Given Christies arrest on the 31st March 1953 and trial beginning on the 22nd June the same year it appears that his surviving military records were being checked as part of this process. Given Christie had sold virtually everything of value by the turn of 1952/53 and was reduced to living in near poverty it is likely that his medals (if still surviving in his possession at that time) went the same way before his crimes were detected...
  8. As I understand it, he was actually War Reserve Police, though he is frequently described as being a Special Constable in articles and such, as well as his Wiki entry alternating between the two when referring to his previous Police duties.
  9. Or... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/73-3-Ephemera-1949-Picture-Scotland-Yard-Det-Insp-Law-Scotland-Yard/322290481901?hash=item4b0a027aed:g:x40AAOSw4shX~OSE
  10. I'm looking to get some KC black Special Constabulary buttons to finish off a tunic project. For those who don't know the style, these are the black pressed horn or plastic buttons with the King's Crown at the centre and the "pie crust" edging. I have attached an image below. I am mostly looking for the smaller pocket/epaulette sized buttons as I do not have enough of these at present, but I am also struggling to put together a decent matched set of five larger ones for the front from what I have already, as they vary so much in design and particularly size even when they came from the same maker. Firmin seems to be somewhat better in this respect at least. So if anyone has spares of these they are looking to part with, please leave a message or get in touch. Thanks .
  11. Thought I would give this one a bit of a bump, with a recent Ebay acquisition. It is now a slidered bronzed finish Metropolitan Special Constabulary badge, but it clearly started out life as a lapel badge and has been subsequently modified. The overall standard of the work is best described as crude but strong and functional. I suspect it has been done relatively recently, presumably for similar reasons as outlined above, but for £5 including P+P I am very happy with it:
  12. "In 'M' Division as Constable DURING service" is how I read that. I suspect the dot of the "i" is just a little wayward to the left.
  13. Sent this to my mother, who is a dab hand at transcriptions, and she had these three observations: Without even knowing details of the Piddington family she thought it was not MR/MRS, but Wm. - the standard abbreviation for William Not "Yours sincerely" but a "Yours TRUELY", possibly with a missing E. Note the wayward slash of the T over the middle of the word, which is repeated in words like "thought", "photographs" and "think". She read the last sentence as "Thanking you and APOLOGISING".
  14. “…I think if he is still alive I thought the PENSION office might give me the address of himself or his wife which I very much would like to GET or you PERHAPS would kindly put me in the way…” Edit - next bit - "I don't think he held a HIGHER RANK but not sure" I now believe.
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