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Item #23932

18th Century British Police Billy Club (Truncheon)

  • Maker: British
  • Model: Billy
  • Caliber:

  • Description: This is a stout, turned-wood club that measures 13 1/2" overall with a 2" diameter head that retains 95% of the original black, crimson, and yellow painted finish. The end of the head is finished with a now heavily flaked crimson cap with large "G(III)R" royal cypher beneath (George III 1738-1820). The ferrules at the head of and midway down the tapered grip are likewise decoratively trimmed in crimson and yellow with a further crimson cap on the pommel. Decorated truncheons like these were generally carried in processions or functions as symbols of rank alongside or in place of a tipstave (the traditional British rank baton) and were never actually intended for clubbing someone. This example is in fine condition and is a great looking piece of history that would even be appropriate for a Revolutionary War collector.