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A formal copper's truncheon for a commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, this baton is a replica/interpretation on Sam Vimes' own weapon. I did my best to stay true to the source material, although I had to take some creative liberties here and there since the design is never solidly nailed down. But it is, per the books, turned in rosewood and decorated in silver with the accurately inaccurate maxim "PROTECTER OF THEE KINGE'S PIECE" engraved and leafed on the shaft, although we still don't know which piece of the king Vimes is protecting. I probably would have designed the shaft differently if I could take a do over to include a formal hippo, but who knows, maybe I'll have a second try some day.
The silver crown device on the tip of the truncheon is never mentioned in the books, but I based the club design on the original tipstaves carried by Bow Street Runners and Peelers of old London, which include a crown. That, and the motif of the enduring crown/predisposition of Ankh-Morpork citizens to hang on to royal emblems convinced me to try it out. (And, of course, because it would annoy the crap out of Vimes.) I think it turned out all right; certainly I like how the ankh motif looks on it. I originally thought about topping it with a morpork, like other crowns are topped with an orb, but I decided against because this might be a formal truncheon, but it's not that
All in all it certainly has enough weight to function as a duty-baton, and I'm satisfied with it as the first of (I am sure) many upcoming Discworld pieces.
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