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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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Made in silver or brass and often with a wooden handle, the tipstave was therefore made to look official by the addition of a crown of the reigning monarch at the business end.
After a short transitional stage, the truncheon replaced the tipstave, the latter being carried by only inspectors and detectives until they were superceded in 1880 by the introduction of the warrant card.
Victorian tipstave, left, engraved "Constable 3 Cardiff", estimate PS300-PS400