Baton, of special constable

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Baton, of special constable

This painted wooden baton was one of a number for use by special constables during riots in Dunfermline in Fife in 1840.

The baton is painted with the number of the special constable to whom it was issued.

Special constables were ordinary citizens who enrolled as policemen and were used at times of special need, such as industrial unrest or whenever large crowds were expected.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-572-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NC 90
Date: 1840
Around 1840
Material: Wood, painted
Dimensions: 504 mm L x 33 mm D
What: Baton
Subject: Badges and insignia (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Fife, Dunfermline
Description: Painted wooden baton, one of a number for use by special constables during the riot in Dunfermline, 1840
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