HISTORY OF ISSUED

UNITED STATES MARSHAL BADGES

 

        In the late 1800's and the early 1900's when the United States Marshals were under the Justice Department, some badges were ordered by the Justice Department.  As far as it can be determined, these badges were circle and cut out stars.  Some said "UNITED STATES MARSHAL" and some said "DEPUTY UNITED STATES MARSHAL" on them.  They were hallmarked 'LAMB STAMP & STAT. WASH. D.C." or "LAMB & TILDEN BADGE CO. WASH. D.C.".  These badges were sent to the Territories and Districts when the Justice Department received a request from a particular U.S. Marshal in writing or by telegraph. These badges were not accountable at the time.

        In 1972, when I interviewed  T. P. McNamara, Deputy U.S. Marshal, Waco, Texas.  He stated that when he helped the United States Marshal Service Headquarters move in Washington D.C. to the Safeway Building,  there were two bushel baskets of circle and cutout stars.  All that he had seen were made by the two above companies.  He was given a couple hundred of them and he has given most of them away over the years.

1941-1970    OLD EAGLE TOP SHIELD

 

            

  DISCLAIMER: These badges are not being displayed for sale or trade purposes. They are a representation of U.S. Marshals Service 

     A.    United States Marshal (small size), control number and credential warning on back.

            1. Total of 95 issued (more than 100 were bought)

            2. District number was on the back, example #08 was assigned to Arizona.

    B.    Deputy United States Marshal (large size), control number and credential warning on back.

            1. Approximately 3000 issued.

            2. The number on the back can be a low number such as #13 which I have seen. There is also         

                 numbers in the 6000 range.

            3. In 1969 there were only 500 deputies;  in late 1970 early 1971 more deputies were added until there were about  1800.

1950-1970    GOLD EAGLE TOP SHIELD (large size)

    DISCLAIMER: These badges are not being displayed for sale or trade purposes. They are a representation of U.S. Marshals Service

    A.    Chief Deputy United States Marshal control number and credential warning on the back.  Approximately 95 issued.   These badges were manufactured by ROBINS COMPANY of Attleboro, Mass.  This company was bought out be V. H. BLACKINGTON & CO., INC. of Attleboro, Mass.  A check with this company shows that they do not have the records from ROBINS COMPANY and they do not know who has them. 

    B.    The cost of these badges was $10.80 each.

1970-1980    EAGLE TOP SHIELD WITH MULTI-COLOR CENTER.  ISSUED WITH THE FOLLOWING TITLES ON THEM

   DISCLAIMER: These badges are not being displayed for sale or trade purposes. They are a representation of U.S. Marshals Service

     A.  Director

        1.    issued - 1

            a.  number ordered - 1

                (1) number on back - #1

    B.  DEPUTY DIRECTOR

        1.  issued -1

            a.  number ordered - 1

                (1)  number on back - #2

    C.  ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

        1. issued - 1

            a.  number ordered - 1

                (1) number on back #3

    D.  OPERATIONS

        1.  issued - 11

            a.  number ordered - 11

                (1) number on back -  # 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

    E.  INSPECTOR

        1.  issued - 6

            a.  number ordered - 6

                (1) number on back - # 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

    F.  CHIEF INSPECTOR

        1.   issued - 1

            a.  number ordered - 1

                (1) number on back - unknown

    G. MARSHAL

        1.  issued - 95

            a.  number ordered - 100

                (1)  number on back # 101 thru 200

    H.  CHIEF DEPUTY

        1.  issued - 95

            a.  number ordered - 100

                (1) number on back # 201 thru 300

    I.  DEPUTY

        1.  issued - 900

            a.  numbered ordered - 900

                (1) number on back # 301 thru 1200

        2.  this rank includes regular deputies, WAE's, Special Deputies, TOE's Terms, VRA's

    J.  DEPUTY

        1.  issued - 1

            a.  number ordered - 1

                (1)  number on back - # AG

    K.  DEPUTY

        1.  issued - 1

            a.  number ordered - 1

                (1)  number on back - # DAG

    L.  DEPUTY

        1.  issued - 1

            a.  number ordered - 1

                (1)  number on back - # AAG

 

     On July 14, 1970 the dies were ordered to be cut by V. H. BLACKINTON & CO, INC of Attleboro, Mass. for the large silver shield that was used from 1971 to 1980.

     The above badges were from the original order that was placed in late 1970.  The cost of the badges were about $9.80 each.

     Sometime in  early 1971, another order was placed for additional Deputy badges that had numbers up to 2000 on them.  There is no record at either U.S. Marshal Service Headquarters or Blackinton for the date or numbers on the badges.

     Then sometime after that, a number of Deputy badges were ordered with the number range in the 5000's.  Also a number of Deputy badges were ordered with a letter "A" in front of the number.  These badges were issued to Main Justice and the Congressmen who had need.

 

After 1972, badges were ordered with the following titles on them and were issued.

    A.  REGIONAL DIRECTOR

        1.  ordered - 5

            a.  issued - 5

                (1)  number on back - # 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

    B.  ASSISTANT REGIONAL DIRECTOR*

        1.  ordered - 5

            a.  issued - 5

                (1) number on back - # 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

 

In 1976, an order was placed for the following badges:

    A.  SUPERVISOR DEPUTY

        1.  ordered - 100

            a.  issued - unknown

                (1)  number on back # 2319 thru 2418

 

In 1978 an order was placed for the following badges:

    A.  INSPECTOR

        1.  ordered - 100

            a.  issued - unknown

                (1)  number on back # 2500 thru 2599

*  The above information on ASSISTANT REGIONAL DIRECTOR was received in an interview from a retired United States Marshal Service employee.  He was not sure if the badges were issued.

1980-Present    CIRCLE CUTOUT STAR WITH UNITED STATES MARSHAL

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER: These badges are not being displayed for sale or trade purposes. They are a representation of U.S. Marshals Service

     In 1980, the following badges were ordered with the words "UNITED STATES MARSHAL" on the face of them.  They came in two colors.  Gold issued to the U.S.  Marshal; silver  was issued to everyone else.

NUMBER

ISSUED TO:

COLOR

 

 

 

0100-0299

United States Marshal

gold

0001

Director*

silver

0001

Director**

gold

0002

Deputy Director

silver

0003-0005

Assistant Director

silver

0008

Commander of Special Operations Group

silver

0006-0007  & 0009-0030

Chief Inspector

silver

0300-0379  & 0400-0499

Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal

silver

0500-0999

Inspector

silver

1000-2600

Deputy

silver

*  In 1983 one silver badge was ordered and received.  It was issued to the Director.

**  In 1984 two gold badges were ordered and received.  It's not known at present who has them.  They are not in inventory and not shown to have been issued.

A badge was given to President Ronald Reagan.  Number - 1, color - gold.

A badge was given to James Arness.  Number unknown.

The silver badges numbered 7000 through 7199 were ordered with the wording "SPECIAL DEPUTY UNITED STATES MARSHAL".  These badges are just a little smaller than the above issue.

Five gold circle and cutout stars were ordered with pins on the back.  They were issued in 1989 to the following marshals:

N/D Texas, W/D Texas, 2 Marshals in Oklahoma and number 5 was for the Director.  They were used in parades.

Five silver circle and cutout stars were ordered with pins and 4 were issued to the "Ft. Worth Marshals Honor Guard" and number 5 was kept by Peyton Baer, head of the Posses.

 

In 1984, the following pocket badges were ordered.

TITLE

NUMBER

COLOR

U.S. Marshal

0100-0279

gold

Chief Deputy

0300-0479

silver

Supervisory Deputy

0700-0749

silver

Inspector

0750-0999

silver

Assistant Chief Deputy

0380-0399  & 0480-0499

silver

Deputy

1100-2800

silver

Chief Inspector

0006-0007 & 0009-0030  

silver

Supervisory Inspector

1000-1049

silver

Commander of S.O.G.

0008

silver

Director

0001

silver

Deputy Director

0002

silver

Assistant Director

0003-0005

silver

 

In 1986, the following pocket badges were ordered:

TITLE

NUMBER

COLOR

Special Deputy

7200-7699

silver

Chief Deputy

0480-0499

silver

Deputy

2801-2999

silver

Inspector

5000-5999

silver

 

In 1986, the following badges were ordered:

TITLE

NUMBER

COLOR

Deputy

2801-2999

silver

Inspector

5000-5999

silver

Special Deputy

7200-7699

silver

 

 

 

In 1988, the following pocket badges were ordered:

TITLE

NUMBER

COLOR

Chief Inspector

0050-0099

silver

 

In 1988 the following badges were ordered:

TITLE

NUMBER

COLOR

Posse

13000-13005

gold

Posse

13006-13017

silver

1986-Present    SPECIAL DEPUTY UNITED STATES MARSHAL CIRCLE AND CUTOUT STAR

DISCLAIMER: These badges are not being displayed for sale or trade purposes. They are a representation of U.S. Marshals Service

These badges were issued to Special Deputy's and Court Security Officers.

1989-1990   BICENTENNIAL BADGE

    DISCLAIMER: These badges are not being displayed for sale or trade purposes. They are a representation of U.S. Marshals Service

    In 1989 a Bicentennial gold badge was made and issued on April 3, 1989.  There were 3000 ordered with the numbers to match the current issued badge number of each operational employee.  These badges were manufactured by "WILLIAMS & ANDERSON" of Providence, RI.  This badge is to replace the pocket badge and is to be worn until October 31, 1989, and then it was given to the employee.  On  October 25, 1989, a memo was sent that the badge will be worn until further notice, then it would be replaced by another badge.

    On November 19, 1990 all districts received the new belt badge that replaced the Bicentennial badge.  The new badge is the same as the one in the ID case and with the same number on the back.  The U.S. Marshal's badge is gold and the deputies have silver.  These badges were also manufactured by "WILLIAMS & ANDERSON of Providence, RI.  There were 3000 ordered.

2000-2001    MILLENNIUM BADGE

                

 

DISCLAIMER: These badges are not being displayed for sale or trade purposes. They are a representation of U.S. Marshals Service

The Millennium badge was issued July, 2000 to be worn  until December 31, 2001.  This badge was optional for Operational Personnel (Marshals, Chiefs, Supervisors, Inspectors  and Deputies) to buy and wear for 18 months.  This is an official issue badge made by V. H. Blackinton & Co., Attleboro, Mass.  It is unknown how many have been ordered and worn at present.

The following numbers and titles of badges were destroyed on December 7, 1983 at Headquarters, Washington, DC.

OPERATIONS

U. S. MARSHAL

CHIEF DEPUTY

 SUPERVISORY DEPUTY

INSPECTOR

4

5

6

7

114

227

2266

26

9

10

12

15

132

230

2335

29

16 

25

26

28

85

250

2354

47

29

31

35

36

189

290

2356

51

37

40

41

45

 

 

2360

66

47

48

49

50

 

 

2365

 

51

54

55

57

 

 

2385

 

58

59

76

77

 

 

2392

 

78

81

84

93

 

 

2417

 

95

97

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPUTIES

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9

12

13

19

21

27

33

44

55

73

228

276

294

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2555

2581

2591

2594

5169

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE:  Many of these badge numbers do not coincide with the records of the badges that were bought by Headquarters.

 

Interviews were conducted with the following individuals:

T.P. McNamara

Deputy U.S. Marshal

1972

Thomas H. Bradley

Deputy U.S. Marshal (1941)

1976

Rick Hall

V.H. Blackinton Co.

1989

Michelle Bush-Rafik

U.S. Marshals Service

1989

Elizabeth Howard

U.S. Marshals Service

1989

Art Daniels

Retired Chief Inspector

1989

William Hall

Retired Director, USMS

1989

Reis Kash

Retired Division Chief

1989

Mike Speerman

U.S. Marshals Service

1989

Carl Parish

U.S. Marshals Service

1989

James Mulcahy

U.S. Marshals Service

1989

Joseph Enders

U.S. Marshals Service

1989

 

Publications:

 

 

U.S. Marshals Bulletins

1941 thru 1970

 

U.S. Marshals Memos

1991 thru 1992

 

 

Researched by:

George R. Stumpf, Western Historian

P.O. Box 311

Cheyenne, WY 82003

January 2001

Copyright 2001