1921 Engraved Gold Federal Marshal Badge Presented To D.f. Brieitenstein Unique
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1921 Engraved Gold Federal Marshal Badge Presented To D.f. Brieitenstein Unique :
An absolutely one-of-a-kind U.S. Marshal engraved badge presented to Deputy Marshal D.F. Brietenstein (Northern District of New York) by his friends at a dinner in his honor that was held on 29 December 1921.
Shield-shaped and all hand-engraved by a talented engraver. A federal eagle grasps a leafy branch and faces to its right. The beak bears a ribbon upon which is engraved the word "Deputy." Directly beneath the branch is the word "under."
The remainder of the obverse:
D.F. BrietensteinU.S. MarshalNorthern District - N.Y.
The dedication on the reverse side of the shield reads:
PresentedtoDan by his OldFriends at a Dinnerin his honor onDec. 29th. 1921
Given Dan Brietenstein's history in early 20th century NY politics and law enforcement, one has to wonder just who those friends were...and what he'd done for them. Dan shows up in several court cases and in Comptroller General of the U.S. documentation regarding the seizing and eventual disposition of a 50-foot motor boat used to smuggle whiskey (prohibition years).
Not casting aspersions, but a customs inspector unlawfully stored that boat in his private boathouse for three years. Somehow Dan Brietenstein "sprung" it for $127, ostensibly to sell it at sale. I wonder who decided they wanted that awesome boat, how Dan extricated it from under the mountain of government paperwork, and how many--or few-- people were offered the opportunity to offer on it.
Just one of Dan's documented endeavors...maybe there's a movie in it.
Gold police badges have sold in the mid-$4000 range over the past few months. Though attractive, none approach the rarity of this item. It is unique, and tightly-held by a collector for decades.
Stamped 10K gold, the badge weighs 27 grams and has and Actual Gold Weight of .3585 Troy Ounce. It was created by the A.E Co. of Utica, NY, famous for military emblems and gold, heraldic items.
Approximate dimensions: 1.62" x 1.52"