Antique Chicago River Patrolman Badge c. 1940 Silver, Copper, Eagle, “Y” Symbol
Antique Chicago River Patrolman Badge c. 1940 Silver, Copper, Eagle, “Y” Symbol:
Antique Chicago Special Police Patrolman’s Badge | No. 4511 | Eagle, Municipal Device (“Y”), Copper Numbering | Saddle Pin, Black Leather Backing
Condition: Very Good/Antique
Comments: From the collection of a family with a direct connection to the 1886 Haymarket Square riot. This badge is now obsolete. Neither the term “patrolman” nor the municipal device has been in use since the 1960s. The latter symbolizes the three branches of the Chicago River. It was adopted as a city symbol in 1917, but fell out of favor with police in the ‘60s because it resembled an upside-down peace sign. Given that the municipal design was most prominently displayed in the 1930s, and given that badges were issued in serial order, circa 1940 represents our best guess at to the likely date of issuance for this particular badge.
Scarce and obsolete, this item shows light wear, consistent with well-maintained vintage condition. For additional guidance, please see the listing photos, as well as our exceptional customer response.