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This is Our Last circa 1989 CHP California Highway Patrol "Rejected" Badge by Williams & Anderson of Rhode Island. The center of the 14K gold-filled badge shows the State Seal of California in raised detail, surrounding it reads: "CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL 13165" 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.
Approximately 3" x 3"
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION:
14K Gold Fill with hard-fired blue enamel.
Vertical pin with come-under locking catch.
"14K 1/10 GF" and maker's mark.
This is from a police and law enforcement collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. MCJJM19 LGIEX12/27/21 SGFFX12/28/21
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.