Object of the month
This truncheon has been designed to incorporate a police and fire whistle in the hand grip for quicker emergency responses, but the more interesting aspect of this item is its name. According to a recent enquiry from a relative, the family business that originated the design and its production were Scottish and were called Moire. However, one of the 19th century generations were given to their own brushes with the law and, after a few close calls, decided to move to France. Here they changed their family name by reversing the letters to Riome and pretended to have French origins. Eventually they returned to the UK and the truncheons, now known as Riome truncheons, were made in Gravesend, Kent.