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Possibly the rarest circa 1907 badge
known to exist from the Los Angeles
Sheriff's Office. This sterling hand
engraved badge is for the rank of
Criminal Deputy and is unique with
the words County Police. A term
seldom seen or used in California. This
badge was part of the Orval Davis
collection and was mounted on his Los
Angeles County board.
Hallmarked Chipron Stamp Co. and
During the tenure of Sheriff John Cline 1914-1921 the County Board of Supervisors introduced a plan to change the design of
the badge worn by deputy sheriffs. The old badges had an eagle mounted atop the shield. The new design replaced the eagle
with a walking bear.
issued to civilian
Another example of an early badge.
Replaced the bear top badge in the '20's.
Later example of the "Guard"
Detective from the District
Reverse of the two "A" badges showing
them as presented by Sheriff Traeger to
a Doctor and by Sheriff Biscailuz to the
screen star, Nelson Eddy.
Examples of the so called "Biscailuz" badge. Although
the practice of handing out these V.I.P. badges started
with Sheriff Traeger, Sheriff Biscailuz seems to get the
credit for most of them, hence the name. The "A"
designation is only used on these type badges with
applied panels. The "A" carries no meaning other than
being the first letter of the alphabet.
"Special Deputy" badge. Elected in 1914, Sheriff John Cline appointed almost nine
thousand special deputies. Although these were merely honorary appointments, usually
made for political purposes, the appointees received official badges.
Special Deputy. Unknown
era. This style of badge
also used for Township
badges. Letter denotes
number series, starting
From the collection of M.
In the 1920's, the State of California had no Highway Patrol, so the counties
provided "Motor Police" to enforce traffic laws. While the State paid the
motor cops salaries, they actually worked for the county. Los Angeles
County was no different.
In 1923, a California Supreme Court decision made it illegal for counties to
employ traffic officers which let to the formation of the California Highway
Patrol. The CHP was finally formed on August 14, 1929 and originally
included 280 uniformed men, 80 cars and 225 motorcycles. The first
superintendent was Eugene W. Biscailuz who, when he was appointed by the
Governor, was the Undersheriff of Los Angeles County.
Another "Special" badge.
This one set with stones.
The above pictures and narrative with permission from D. Arnold.
Check out his site:
The above of a group of very early badges is courtesy of a collector. He brought these, and others, to the
2006 Porky's Show for me to photograph. His participation in the furthering of the purpose of this website is
This badge made by Chipron Stamp Co.
as shown in reverse picture.
Reverse of badge
2618D. I have found
many of these with
the "D". Duplicate?
Another example of a "D" badge. This one has been
plated "gold". This plating was often done to enhance
its appearance. Chipron hallmark.
Early Constable badge by George Schenck Co. Los
A very old Constable Badge, A Redondo Township Badges, and a L.A.
B.D. Badge. Los Angeles Burglary Division???
from the collection of Max Schad. email@example.com
Reverse of above "Special"
badge with stones.
Badge issued in 1912 to
first woman deputy,
Margaret Q. Adams
This badge was issued
to Margaret Q.
Adams, the first
woman deputy for
LASD and the
nation. She was
sworn in by Sheriff
This badge has been
kept by her family.
"A" Badge with inscription from Sheriff Biscailuz. "A" badges were
given out to friends and VIP's. Not as Auxiliary or Reserve.
From collection of
From collection of
From collection of
Recently obtained this
fine example of a very
early badge. Chipron
Another example of an
very early issued badge.
The badge above left was a mistake.. The title Sheriff was changed to Deputy Sheriff and a number
panel was attached as in the number 73 and 99 example above.
Badge presented to Sheriff
Martin G. Aquirre upon being
sworn in as Sheriff of Los
Missing a large stone in center
which family says has been gone
for over one hundred years.
Badge issued to Martin G.
Aquirre upon return to the
Department as a deputy in
This is the first issued badge
of this style. See Bio for
From the Gene Autry Collection.