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Great 1920s or Earlier 1st Issue West University Texas Police Badge #5.
ARTIFACT: This is a great old Texas badge, from a VERY small suburb of Houston that was never absorbed into the city. Researching the Police Department of this town, actually called West University Place, although the Police Department just goes by West University, it looks as though the city fist incorporated in 1924, and that is when the forming of Police and Fire departments is first mentioned, but, the town was formed in 1910 and habitation looks to have started in 1917, so it is possible that this badge is earlier than 1924/25. In fact, one feature about this badge that points further to this possibility, is the fact that it is NOT based on Nickel or Brass, but is made of STEEL, which is a typical "wartime shortages" material that would have been used circa 1918 to manufacture a badge. And because of the extra wear and tear the stamping of steel makes on the dies and machinery, as opposed to softer nickel or brass, it is not a likely material to have been used as late s 1924/25. So, with the early Los Angeles Rubber Stamp maker mark, and the materials used, we can safely say that this is most likely a First Issue West University Police badge, form at least 1924/25, and possibly from as early as 1918.
VINTAGE: Circa 1920s.
SIZE: Approximately 3-1/16" in height x 2-1/4" in width.
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Nickel plated steel with lacquered details.
ATTACHMENT: Vertical pin with locking drop-in swivel catch.
MARKINGS: "MADE BY L. A. RUBBER STAMP CO."
ITEM NOTES: This is from a Texas police badge collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VBGIM20 LIGEX05/02/20
CONDITION: 7(Very Fine+ ): The badge shows moderate wear, much of a painted letters is remain intact, overall very fine condition.