Treen Tipstaff or Document Holder, VictorianTreen Tipstaff or Document Holder, VictorianTreen Tipstaff or Document Holder, VictorianTreen Tipstaff or Document Holder, Victorian

This is a tipstaff, which is hollow to hold a rolled summons that would be served on the recipient. Police tipstaves usually have an official crown at the top and were used to tap the miscreant on the shoulder when making arrests. Once that physical contact was made, then the summons had been served. This is a more humble example of treen but equally fascinating. In shape it looks like a small umbrella with pale timber handle and long ferrule but it opens in the centre to reveal a cavity where a document could be placed. The handle has a small leather strap. There are no markings to show its place of origin and the item is in good condition apart from some markings consistent with age. Length 12.5cm (32cm). Weight 42 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 206. Insured Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $32.00 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.

Item ID: GEC-00187

Treen Tipstaff or Document Holder, Victorian

$345 USD

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