An English Victorian ceremonial tipstaff of wood and silver

An English Victorian ceremonial tipstaff of wood and silver

1800 to 1900 England

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An English Victorian ceremonial tipstaff of wood and silver
19th CENTURY

Size: 11.5cm long, 1.5cm dia
A tipstaff has its origins in the 16th century when the word was used

to denote a metal tipped staff that was a sign of office or authority.


Tipstaffs often have ends that unscrew to reveal a small compartment

where a writ could be concealed. These writs could either be from a law

court or from the Office of the Crown summoning a peer to Parliament.


The more ordinary use of the tipstaff is the one carried by a sheriff's

officer or a constable in the course of his duties, and this developed

in the 19th century into the colourfully painted truncheon.
Dimensions
Width 1.50 cm (0.59 inches)
Depth 11.50 cm (4.53 inches)
Medium
Wood and Silver
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