Equipment of the RIC


I don’t have too much to put into this section, but like everything else, it’s a growing work in progress.



This first is a 19″ RIC baton dating before 1901. After that date the handpainted device was replaced by a transfer. Standard issue batons for the RIC were 15.5 inches long, and were unpainted.

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And a close up of the creast:

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This baton is made of bog oak and very hefty. Some believe these were issued to the very early Irish policing bodies; I’m not convinced. I think they are a late 19th century tourist souvenir, but I retain an open mind.

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again – a close up. The baton is decorated with shamrocks and a harp, and has a hole for a wrist strap.

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Attached Image: monthly_11_2009/post-6209-125838619364.jpgThe photo above shows two examples for an Irish Bog Oak truncheon and also, a tipstaff. They were likely introduced into Ireland in about the 1840s or 1850s. They were made from a local material and carved with symbols that the ordinary people would immediately recognise.  It is thought that the purpose was to give a legitimacy to the local or parish Constables. However, if there was ever correspondence or, an Act to authorise them – I have yet to hear? Perhaps the Government thought of the idea – but, they are not rare and come-up occasionally at auction. The tipstaff is rarer than the truncheon.

The small white staff with the dark ends , is a Wand of Office. The carrying of a tipstaff to show authority is a long held tradition – however, many people who needed to show their authority were not entitled to carry a tipstaff. Court officials, Government officer’s, Town officials – could be just a few. When on duty they carried this Wand of Office to show that their authority was from the Crown.  It is likely that they would also have been used in the main towns in Ireland – i.e. Dublin and others.