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1937 Coronation 'Gold Staff Officer's' baton.


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It's been nearly three years since this topic was last updated, and I have done as much gathering as I can.  Since many Google Searches for phrases like "Coronation Baton", "Gold Staff Officer" and even "Green Staff Officer" bring up this thread, I feel it's become the best Illustrated Reference Guide we currently have.

 

Apologies to Ross for the hijack, but I'm going to add some more information here to fill a few holes, and add some more images for those searching.  Whoever scrapes this site for images to add to Pinterest will surely appreciate it.

There are batons for not just Coronations, but also for Investitures and Silver Jubilee Thanksgiving Services.  I've seen several examples and collected a handful, with an eye to others.  We've seen an example in this thread of one for Princess Elizabeth's wedding in 1947, and the possibility exists for funerals, as I've seen one for Churchill's funeral in an auction last year.

 

I have seen batons for William IV, Victoria, and so on up the chain to Elizabeth II.  There are some different styles overall.  William IV's was *claimed* to be brown with black ends, although it could be a simple misidentification by the auction house  (see attached).  A Victorian coronation baton is black with gold lettering on both the royal cipher and the year.

Edward VII and George V, follow the 'red body with gold ends' format.  They measure 30 inches (76 cm) in length

 

This color scheme reverses for George VI, as seen below, although I have found a red with gold ends version.  Both come in at 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Elizabeth II is shown as a gold baton with blue ends in at least three examples, although again I have seen a gold with red ends version from a fellow collector.  It measures 21 inches (53.5 cm)

 

We know those who serve as ushers in Coronations are referred to as Gold Staff Officers.  If it's an Investiture, in the case of those for the Prince of Wales in 1911 and 1969, the ushers are Green Staff Officers or Silver Staff Officers.  Green appears more often in searches, but I have seen an armband and instruction booklet referencing 'Silver'.  The ones from Prince Charles' 1969 Investiture appear to be mostly Heralds from the College of Arms.

 

Silver Staff Officers are from the Silver Jubilee Thanksgiving Services of 1935 and 1977, for George V and Elizabeth II, and measure 21 inches (53.5 cms).

 

The staff shown above that Richard identified as belonging to 'an early Investiture of the Order of the Bath' is because of its three crowns.  These appear on the breast Star of the Order.  I recently acquired one of my own (seen in this post), and while it's quite battered, it's a nice addition.

 

The gold and black baton with the Duke of Norfolk's crest and Earl Marshal Batons with '48' on it has been tentatively identified as a "household staff".  Number 46 was illustrated in a mid-1920s book on truncheons by Erland Fenn Clark.

The three batons sold at auction last year from Churchill's funeral consist of the 1977 Silver Jubilee, the 1935 Silver Jubilee, and one black baton with gold ends that purports to be from the funeral itself.

 

I am always interested in other styles, occasions, and mentions of these, and if anyone wishes to add on, I'd be more than happy to learn more.

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Hi, Hugh.  Nice to know you have one of these pieces.  It would have been Princess Elizabeth's wedding from 1947 before she became Queen, as Richard pointed out above.

 

I don't know if there's a list of those who were ushers for the wedding, if that's what you're asking, but it's possible it could be mentioned somewhere in your Grandfather's career.

 

Do you have an image?

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Hi Nightbreak,

 

How are you, and other contributors to this particular topic (since 2014!)

 

May I show here my father (Lord Lingfield)'s collection? I've bought various pieces over the years, on ebay and elsewhere, including the group of three shown at the start of the topic - so I hope you're now at last sure that these three batons, discussed and re-discussed a few times, have been saved in a suitable collection and are now back 'on show here'! As you or another member has pointed out, this is most probably the best source (visual, anyway?) for the topic on the web.

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And another pic..

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Dr. Balchin, thank you very, very much for this look at yours and your father's collection.  It's wonderful to see another 1911 Investiture Green Staff Officer's baton, too.  I acquired mine as part of a package with a William IV Aberdeen short staff, which was what kickstarted this particular interest.

 

I'm pleased to see those three batons from before, and they all look in marvelous condition.  Your Order of the Bath Investiture staff is in much better shape than the one I acquired from Australia the other month.  I do hope one day that Richard from Vancouver will reappear to tell us more, because it sounded like he had quite the collection of his own.

 

This has become our best resource currently because often the College of Arms can't or won't answer questions about the creation or styles of batons for royal events.  It's often beyond their memory or knowledge, to be honest.   So people searching Google for information on their items will likely find us near the top of the list.

 

At this point, all we need is someone to produce a Georgian (IV or III) coronation staff, or perhaps ones from a Silver Staff Officer from Victorian Jubilees.  I'll be very excited the day a 1969 Investiture baton does appear, if they were even made.

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