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tipstaff

a court official having miscellaneous duties, mostly concerned with the maintenance of order in court
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Victorian tipstave, left, engraved "Constable 3 Cardiff", estimate PS300-PS400
The rare truncheons and their even rarer predecessors, the tipstaves, pictured here, would have enthralled him.
London's first professional policemen, the Bow Street Runners, founded in 1749 by Westminster magistrate Henry Fielding , served writs and arrested criminals and would have carried tipstaves and truncheons, but the former were superseded in 1829, when a Bill introduced by Sir Robert Peel, the Home Secretary in Lord Liverpool's Tory Cabinet, established the Metropolitan Police Force.