Dating from the mid-Victorian period, a sparsely decorated yet historically interesting policeman`s truncheon. The baton, of traditional form with ribbed handle for effective grip, is crafted from solid birch wood of lovely golden colour and good figure and is inscribed with V R below a crown, the numeral `2` and a coat of arms. The crown and V R denoted that the owner had been entrusted with the authority of the monarch, Victoria, the coat of arms is that of The City of London and the 2 refers to the police station at Snow Hill. A fascinating piece of social history remaining in excellent condition and full working order! Circa 1870.