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tipstaff

a court official having miscellaneous duties, mostly concerned with the maintenance of order in court, or, as in Ireland, looking after the judge's requirements in the course of the day.

TIPSTAFF. An officer appointed by the marshal of the court of king's bench, to attend upon the judges with a kind of a rod or staff tipped with silver.
     2. In the United States, the courts sometimes appoint an officer who is known by this name, whose duty it is to wait on the court and serve its process.

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The most collectable tipstaves are engraved with the name and dates of an officer's service, and royal arms or the crest of the city, village or county where it had been in use, although these often turn out to have been for ceremonial or commemorative use.