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  1. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-6668-0-50210100-1386967858.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-6668-0-43131600-1386967886.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-6668-0-72744800-1386967936.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-6668-0-01685000-1386967968.jpg A few my more rare police helmets from Wales. Mounted officers plumed helmets of the Glamorgan Constabulary and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Police - both about 1910 -1915 A very rare Neath Borough Police helmet...... 1930 Victorian period senior officers helmet Swansea County Borough Police....about 1895 Best wishes.............Ross
  2. The NATO Summit was held in Wales during 2014. I was Site Manager in Cardiff for a large Welfare Cell hubime needs catering for all tee welfare and downtime needs of police officers from all over the UK. Some officers on specific duties only, were issued with a blue NATO Police baseball cap. The cap is bi-lingual in both English and Welsh. A highly sought after cap. Photographs of mine for those of you who collect ball caps.
  3. Has anyone got any pictures of a British Policeman wearing police mess dress. Thankyou Tom
  4. When the first civilian police force in the World - the London Metropolitan police - marched out from New Scotland Yard in 1829, their uniform was based on the civilian dress of the day. Totally different working conditions existed in those early days and it was clearly laid down in Instructions, that the constable was to wear his uniform at all times and he was, therefore, on duty at all times. The difference between parading on duty and being on 'off' duty , was to be shown by an arm band worn around the left wrist of the tunic. The first ones were horizontal in their striping and only had a few rings - by the time I joined they were vertical and in alternate stripes of blue and white. The top one was my first issue in 1967 and was of a cloth - the replacement was nylon. They were discontinued in - I think 1972 or,73.. They were not the easiest things to put-on in a hurry - it took practise to have them lie flat around the cuff. The City of London Police had red and white stripes and still wear them - the only Force - to my knowledge - who still keep up their traditions.
  5. Hello everyone (this being by first post), I recently came across a 1953 Coronation Medal & Police Long Service Medal (mounted) to a Sergt. Lawrence H Pickering and thought they might be an interesting topic in which to launch my GMIC career. They are to be mounted on an old clasp, which would perhaps suggest that they have been a pair for sometime. I'm not suggesting that they are not genuine, but have a few points which I like to seek advice from fellow forum users. My first point is thus, is there a nominal roll for all officers who were issued this medal and does it give their force. Secondly, as he also has the LSGC GV1R type and was a Sergt at the time of being awarded it, this would suggest to me that he had obviously been in at least 22 years by 1951-1953, so would without a doubt have served during WW2, yet there is no Defence Medal? Which I find very curious, has anyone ever come across anything similar?
  6. I've been wondering recently what sorts of resources are out there to help us identify some of the markings on our truncheons and other staves. Often the auction houses or sellers do the adequate research or the town names are painted on the wood, but in many cases, it's unidentified and we have to rely on some expert work or another. http://www.ima-usa.com/original-british-victorian-painted-police-truncheon.html Here's an example of the dealer not mentioning that the truncheon is a Cambridge University piece. I had to flip through a heraldry book online to pick out the proper nomenclature to even begin looking up what it meant. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/23186?msg=welcome_stranger This doesn't apply to town crests, either, many of which are sometimes hard to describe properly to bring up a good result. Edingburgh, Manchester? Fairly easy. Coats of arms of smaller counties? Not always simple. So, what other resources are out there? What do you use?
  7. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_08_2014/post-6668-0-71751500-1408302185.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_08_2014/post-6668-0-62908400-1408302218.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_08_2014/post-6668-0-56034100-1408302277.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_08_2014/post-6668-0-81418200-1408302329.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_08_2014/post-6668-0-23498100-1408302352.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_08_2014/post-6668-0-51977900-1408302372.jpg Hello Mervyn. I have recently acquired this truncheon for my collection. The first picture shows 'before' and the rest of the photos 'after' I spent some time cleaning off the grime of a century and a half or two. Unusually long....24 inches, and flush fitted into it, near top just above the arms, is an inserted tacked in brass ring, with stamped letters VR. The letters VR may have been a later addition? as my gut feeling is that this truncheon is a little earlier. The painting has been done by someone very skillful. The arms have supporters both sides of rampant lions. The scroll at the bottom says AIMEZ VERITE. The quartered shield shows 1. Ermine 2. Spread eagle. 3. Spread eagle 4. Three Fleur de Lys. I would value your expert opinion and that of anyone else who may be able to shed any light on its origins. Thanks............Ross
  8. Hey chaps, I'm sharing a couple of illustrations here which I have produced based upon research using old photographs, and scraps from regulations where I could find them. These may not be perfect but I am hoping with collective input to make these into useful online references for those starting out with an interest in British Police uniforms, other periods and other forces may be covered if people can provide information! These images are quite easily edited and I am posting them with the intention of updating them as more details come to light, hopefully forum members will be able to help and also point out any errors I have made. With regards to these first two I am particularly interested in confirmation/correction of dates, details on any dress uniform for Met Inspectors (supposedly similar to the Super's uniform?) and in addition details of more senior officers in the City Police and any dress uniform Inspectors may have worn.
  9. post-13074-0-08543200-1414265741.jp post-13074-0-62651800-1414265706.jpgI am researching the death of a Regents Canal Dock Police Constable on the 30th November 1927. Regents Canal Dock is located in Limehouse, East London and is now known as Limehouse Basin a marina and surrounded by luxury flats. Ships entered the dock from the Thames and items were either directly loaded onto barges or stored in any one of several warehouses which surrounded the dock. Conversely goods were brought into the dock via the Regents Canal or the River Lee for loading onto sea going vessels. In the Victorian and Edwardian periods it was an extremely busy place, crime was a constant companion. Leonard Harold Wetherall had been a RCD constable since being demobbed from the Royal Navy in 1919. The weather was damp and cold that evening when he was on a late turn duty. He was found dead at the bottom of a warehouse well (through which goods were lifted/dropped by crane) when a search was started after he failed to book off. The inquest a few days later recorded an accidental death, although the coroner felt that the death was mysterious as the officer had left his own beat crossed a number of barges, a pipeline and climbed some steps to enter the warehouse. The matter was investigated by a local detective. The grandchildren of Leonard tell me that the family always believed that the death was as a result of a criminal act, but had no proof. The coroners papers have been destroyed. The newspaper reports provide nothing useful. The Met no longer have a record of the incident. There is nothing on the internet. I will be checking the records of the RCD Company, held at TNA. I am trying to locate descendants of his colleagues to establish whether anything has been passed down. Any suggestions as to what else I can do? The group photograph is of RCD Police and may have been taken after the funeral of PC Wetherall. The second photograph is of Leonard.
  10. hi all, i dont collect RN OR POLICE but this man lived 10 mins from me.so i had to have them. then the paper work arrived.
  11. I had a bit of a walk into town today with the intention of having a look round an exhibition about Bristol's people during WW1. As i arrived a red carpet was being rolled outside the main entrance, over which I naturally walked asking the workmen how they knew I was coming. I was promptly ejected from the foyer being told that the museum was closed due to the President of Singapore arriving at any time. I was then swept up by the Police doing a shoulder to shoulder search along the Quay front and ushered into the upper floors of the museum. They obviously didn't know who I was either (phew). So i was stuck looking round the stuff about Slavery and how Bristol grew from an ant farm into the centre of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's greatest achievements. Civil Engineers all get a bit big for their boots I think especially seeing as he was 4 feet 6 inches tall including his top hat. Any old end up, I came across this in a case and thought some of you may be interested. I have no idea what or age as i couldn't be bothered to try to read another minuscule info sheet in a trendily moody and very dark museum. I expect I'll go back soon to see the WW1 stuff and I suppose i could walk back upstairs to check the details.
  12. New acquisition this week to add to my collection. Although my second spiked helmet from this force, so rare that I could not say no to it. A pre 1953 spike top helmet of the former Newport (Mon.) County Borough Police in Wales. Newport put itself well and truly on the world map hosting the 2014 NATO Summit. The small force of Newport amalgamated with Monmouthshire County Constabulary in 1967 to form what is now the Gwent Police area. Incidentally, the Mon. (short for Monmouthshire) was added to the force name to prevent what had become a problem when Newport in Monmouthshire was getting confused with Newport, Isle of Wight.
  13. I have not seen a copy yet - however, my PICA magazine (Police Insignia Collectors' Association) has a write-up for a new book on Truncheons and Tipstaffs. Called 'Truncheons - an unequal match' the book deals with many aspects of police collecting. He points out that this is the first major work on Truncheons and Tipstaves for over 29 years - which was when my book 'The Policeman's Lot' came out. I knew the author Alan Cook when he was a chief Inspector with Essex Constabulary and paid a visit to my Bournemouth flat to view my collection. He is a pleasant and knowledgeable person with a very great interest in his subject. I am sure this will be a valuable addition for the keen collector - there are so few researched books on overall Police History. I am adding his notice regarding the book, which appeared in the PICA magazine. You can order from this - or, contact him for further information. Please mention that we featured this on GMIC. Mervyn http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_04_2014/post-6209-0-94235100-1398334511.jpgclick
  14. Hi. I'm hoping there's someone who can help me? I'm doing some research on a family member who was part of the Northern Rhodesia Police Force during the 1950's. His name is Alexander Dodding and he was a member of Swansea Police(PC 73). He left for Northern Rhodesia in April/May 1953. I would be very grateful for any information and/or records. Thank you.
  15. One of my recent acquisitions. Liverpool River Police white metal badge. The badge has double holes for stitching it onto a tunic. A very rare badge of a police force which existed only between 1864 and 1920. Available for swapping for anything Welsh that I do not have in my collection.
  16. Hi all, Yesterday I picked up haul of ribbon bar plates, lose ribbons, etc including this nice and old plate! I can't believe it that someone had been ripped off the medals from an amazing medal bar! I don't see any logic behind there - why??? Now there can be three lose medals floating around, instead keep them like they were. Probably even value side all three together would be more expensive group then lose medals (from dealer's prospective). Just sad to see something like that! Timo
  17. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-6668-0-01016500-1386966684.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-6668-0-87865800-1386966713.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-6668-0-82675800-1386966733.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-6668-0-00817200-1386966759.jpg Some more for your information Mervyn. Need to photgraph the boxed one and will post tomorrow. Best wishes.........Ross
  18. Hi Mervyn, Have this photo uploaded on my computer of some unidentified tipstaffs of mine. Any information would be most welcome.The one with large bulbous top has the lettering VR and underneath that L P C. I have one in fitted lined oak box which I will photograph and post soon. Ross
  19. The attached photograph is of a NER police shooting team from around 1922. After research the participants have been identified, one of whom - the sergeant on the left with crowns above his stripes - was known as the Quartermaster Sergeant. I wondered if anyone is able to identify the rifles in the photo? Thanks
  20. Another Liverpool Group for perusal. Frederick Ellis joined the Liverpool City Police c. 1898 and was posted to "A" Division (City Centre) His patch covered amongst other things the Markets and commodities areas where traffic was heavy and constant. On the 7th of August 1901 he stopped, at great personal risk, a runaway horse attached to a cart in Lime Street. For this act he was awarded the Silver General Medal of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society. On the 21st July 1902, a horse drawn Taxi cab containing three ladies was seen careering along Elliot Street at great peril Constable Ellis leapt at the reins and eventually brought the cab to a halt and the ladies were rescued. For this Act he was awarded the first clasp to his medal. On 9th June 1910 a horse drawn Shandry was out of control, galloping driverless along Lime Street and was a great danger to the public. Constable Ellis ran towards the startled animal grabbing the reins he was dragged along until the exhausted beast came to a halt without injury to any person. This was rewarded with a second clasp. On the 4th January 1913 a pair of horses attached to a delivery van took fright and careered along the busy thoroughfare of St Johns Lane, Constable Ellis ran towards the horses and grabbed the tackle linking both animals and he was dragged for some considerable distance before the van was brought to a stop, again no one was injured. No doubt the plucky Officer would have continued in his equine pursuits but for the outbreak of WW1 when he joined the Army,where he was severely injured, so injured in fact he never returned to the Police. He was awarded a British War Medal/Victory Medal and a wound badge to accompany his 3 clasp LS&HS Silver Medal.
  21. Please can anyone advise as to what this is? It came with a lot of Hertfordshire Constabulary badges. Is it in fact a police button at all? Approx. 9/10 of an inch in diameter. Two piece construction with silver(ed) face and brass back. Marked "FIRMIN LONDON". Grateful for any help re. this item.
  22. A few years ago I was lucky enough to obtain a 1935 Metropolitan police warrant card. I cant imagine there are too many around for the obvious reason you should hand them back at the end of your service. The style of warrant card in the Met didn't change from this until about 30 years ago when photographs of the officer were introduced. I would be interested to know if anyone else has one in their collection whatever Force? This one was issued to PC 339F John Edward Bruce (warrant no 124137) and has the facsimile signature of the then Commissioner Trenchard.
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