Great 1989 California Highway Patrol 'Rejected' Badge by Williams & Anderson of RI #13187

Great 1989 California Highway Patrol 'Rejected' Badge by Williams & Anderson of RI #13187

Code: pdgca01989chp-CON

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Product Description


ARTIFACT: This is a Great 1989 California Highway Patrol 'Rejected' Badge by Williams & Anderson of RI #13187. The center of the 14K gold-filled badge shows the State Seal of California in raised detail, surrounding it reads: "CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL 13187" in blue enamel detail. The points of the star shaped badge feature intricate raised embellishments and a scroll along the bottom reads: "TRAFFIC OFFICER".

Williams & Anderson of Rhode Island accepted a bid from the California Highway Patrol to produce around 250 Traffic Officer badges. Upon receiving the first batch (numbered 13043 - 13143), the CHP rejected the badges because they were not the correct shape and returned them to Williams & Anderson. Williams & Anderson did not foresee the coming rejection and on the assumption the batch would be accepted, the company made the entire order. The following year, W & A went bankrupt and the rejected badges were purchased by a dealer in industrial surplus. The dealer, Jerry Dooley sold them across New England at various shows. Although the CHP has never worn a Williams & Anderson badge, these particular examples are an interesting novelty due to their story. The relatively low number available and the amazing fact they made it out into circulation despite the company's bankruptcy make them a highly sought after collectible for advanced California Highway Patrol collectors.

VINTAGE: Circa 1989.

SIZE: Approximately 3" x 3".

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: 14K gold-fill, enamel.

ATTACHMENT: Vertical pin with come-under swivel locking catch.

MARKINGS: "14K 1/10 GF" and maker's mark.

ITEM NOTES: This is from a police and law enforcement collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. CON-JES-25-2020 LFGEX03/30/20 SFGEX04/20 repVEEEX

CONDITION: 10- (Near Mint): The badge shows little to no wear, all the gold fill and enamel details remain intact, overall minty condition.

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