Rare Interesting Police Court Or Ceremonial Tipstaff Tipstave Victorian Later ? For Sale
Police, Ceremonial, or Court TipstaffUnknown manufacturerVictorian or Early 1900s PLEASE NOTE IF THE sale ENDS ABOVE £50.00 PLEASE SELECT THE INSURED OPTION, THANK YOU. I WILL ONLY POST TO ITALY & PORTUGAL VIA A TRACEABLE SERVICE SUCH AS INTERNATIONAL SIGNED FOR REGARDLESS OF THE FINAL PRICE.
I am not able to identify the Crown as to whether it is Victorian or later, any further information would be most welcome.
The office of the Tipstaff is thought to have been created in the 14th century. One of the earliest records of the Tipstaff was mentioned in 1570: “The Knight Marshall with all hys tippe staues”. It is a position of both law enforcement and ceremonial duties. An earlier mention of tipstaff is in 1555 when the Rev'd Dr Rowland Taylor was burned at the stake during the reign of Queen Mary I for his religious views that were contrary to those of the Archbishop of Canterbury Cranmer and Lord Chancellor Gardiner. In Foxe's Book of Martyrs it states that Dr Taylor would have spoken to the people but as soon as he opened his mouth the yeoman of the guard thrust a tipstaff into his mouth, and would in no wise permit him to speak. This is also quoted in the book Five English Reformers by J. C. Ryle. The name originates from the early law enforcement officers who would apprehend a person intended for arrest by enforcing their duty, if necessary, with a tipped staff or stave. The staff was made of wood or metal or both, topped with a crown. The crown, which unscrewed, was removed to reveal a warrant of arrest inside the hollow staff.
I am offering this interesting collectible tipstaff made from wood with brass Crown and bottom fixing. The overall length of the tipstaff is 16cm, offeredin very good condition.A wonderful opportunity to purchase this interesting item.
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