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THE examples illustrated are from banker, the late Mr Ralph Leyland's collection of 126 tipstaves and truncheons, which will be sold at The Canterbury Auction Galleries on Wednesday December 9. Among them is a Victorian brass and ebony handled tipstaff, the gilt crown surmounting a gilt plate engraved "Constable 3 Cardiff", which is estimated at PS300-PS400, while a George III example, inset, painted with the date "1793", the "GR3" cipher and the Newcastle Upon Tyne coat of arms, is inscribed "J. Rudman Esqr. Mayor" (estimate PS120-PS160).

Another is inscribed in gilt on a blue ground "Navigation Constable", the royal cipher and "S.W.C.", which stands for the Shropshire and Worcester Canal Company (PS100-PS120), while a George V truncheon with a coloured transfer of a crown, royal monogram and a cartouche which reads "Birmingham Special Constabulary 1916-1919" is among a group of four estimated together at PS200-PS250.

Others include a "No.2 Asylum" truncheon, right, painted with the rod of Asclepius to represent healing, (PS120-PS160); and two painted respectively with the crests of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (dated 1854), and St Mary's College, Oxford (together PS150-PS250); another painted with the arms of three field guns and the initials "R.G.P.F." for the Royal Gun Powder Factory, Waltham Abbey, and another painted with "1867 Lutterworth - Feinian Riots. 1868".

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