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Historic police truncheon found in Lichfield set to go up for auction

A 200-year-old police truncheon found in Lichfield is expected to attract bidders from around the world when it goes up for auction.

Made in 1804, the village constable’s staff of office was found in a thatched roof of a farm in Lichfield when the building was demolished in the 1960s.

The truncheon that's going up for auction

The truncheon that’s going up for auction

The item has been on display at a small museum, but will now be sold to the highest bidder.

Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons Auctioneers, said: “The short truncheon, which was made in the reign of King George III, is seven inches long and was known as a decorated tipstaff. It was an object of authority and would have been used by village constables before the full introduction of the Metropolitan Police in 1829.

“This would have been a ceremonial object and would not have been used in the line of duty. Larger truncheons, as we know them today, came in with the passing of the County Police Act in 1839, which enabled a Justice of the Peace to form police forces within their counties for the preservation of the order and the protection of their inhabitants.

“It’s remarkable to consider that this baton was made a year before the Battle of Trafalgar.”

Mr Hanson added that the item – with a guide price of between £200 and £300 – was “incredibly rare” and was likely to attract bidders from around the world.

The truncheon will go under the hammer on July 25.

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