1930s Cross Border Badge Group of San Diego Deputy Constable Deputy Sheriff & Policeman Manuel Smith
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1930s Cross Border Badge Group of San Diego Deputy Constable Deputy Sheriff & Policeman Manuel Smith

Code: pdgotmi01930nsb

$3,995.00


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ARTIFACT: This is a 1930s North & South of the Border Badge Grouping of San Diego Deputy Constable, Deputy Sheriff & Policeman Manuel Smith. A rare and historical grouping named to Manuel Smith and includes (left to right)

Manuel Smith (1907 - 1947) was born in Alamo, Mexico, and served as San Diego County Deputy Sheriff from 1935 - 1937, and as a San Diego Police Officer from 1937 - 1947 (there are none of his SD PD Badges in this grouping).  Smith was presumably a San Diego County Deputy Constable prior to his work as a Deputy Sheriff, based on the inclusion of that badge in this grouping. The Deputy Constable badge actually dates to the early 1900's - 1910's, but would have been worn by Smith no earlier than the late 1920's. The 6 point star Special Deputy Sheriff badge also dates to earlier, circa WWI, but would have been worn by Smith in the early 1930's, pre-1936 when the "DORT" badge came out. 

Smith also was an interpreter/liaison between Mexico and the United States and worked for both San Diego County and the United States government simultaneously, a rare experience.  His time as an interpreter is mentioned in a book by Ethan Nadelmann titled: "Cops Across Borders: The Internationalization of U.S. Criminal Law Enforcement (Big City and Border Policing, page 179 - see link below).  Manuel Smith died in a plane crash in 1947 (see link to San Diego Police Museum below).    

Ca 1930's - 1940's Unique Policia de Tijuana B.C. Mexico, Official Honorary Badge with facsimile photo of Smith on nickel (main badge enameled & gilt brass) (no maker mark) 2-5/8" x 2-1/4" Pin & hinge & locking round Burgess catch.

Ca early 1930's Cabo de Policia Tijuana, Mexico Estados Unidos Mexicanos Badge - maker "L.A. RUBBER STAMP CO.", "AGW" 2-7/8" x 1-7/8" Pin & hinge & locking round Burgess catch.

Ca 1940's Policia Mexico Oficial D. F. (no maker mark) 2-3/8" x 2-1/8" Pin & hinge & locking round burgess catch.

Four Lapel Pins / Lapel Studs: (left to right/top to bottom):'

Departmento de la Marina Nacional, Eagle with enameled red, six point star with the letter: "P" in the center, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Mexicano Servicio Exterior

VINTAGE: Circa 1930s - 1940s.

SIZE: Top Row: San Diego County Deputy Constable Badge - maker "CAL STAMP CO." 2-1/8" x 1-7/8" 1-piece safety type pin San Diego County Special Deputy Sheriff B-69 Badge - maker "CAL STAMP CO." "DORT" 2-5/8" x 2-1/8" Pin & hinge & locking round burgess catch. San Diego County Special Deputy Sheriff C-448 Badge - maker "CAL STAMP CO." 2-5/8" x 2-1/2" 1-piece safety type pin with saddle Bottom Row: Unique Policia de Tijuana B.C. Mexico, Official Honorary Badge with facsimile photo on sterling (main badge enameled & gilt brass) (no maker mark) 2-5/8" x 2-1/4" Pin & hinge & locking round burgess catch. Cabo de Policia Tijuana, Mexico Estados Unidos Mexicanos Badge - maker "L.A. RUBBER STAMP CO.", "AGW" 2-7/8" x 1-7/8" Pin & hinge & locking round burgess catch. Policia Mexico Ofical D. F. (no maker mark) 2-3/8" x 2-1/8" Pin & hinge & locking round burgess catch. Four pins/studs (left to right/top to bottom): Departmento de la Marina Nacional, Eagle with enameled red, six point star with the letter: "P" in the center, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Mexicano Servicio Exterior

MARKINGS: Cabo de Policia Tijuana, Mexico Estados Unidos Mexicanos Badge - maker "L.A. RUBBER STAMP CO.", "AGW" / Policia Mexico Oficial D. F. (no maker mark) / Departmento de la Marina Nacional, Eagle with enameled red, six point star with the letter: "P" in the center

ITEM NOTES: This is from a police and law enforcement collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VAEDEM20 LCIIEX04/25/21

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.