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Dodge City Peace Commission photo of 1876
Seated Left to right: Charley Bassett, Wyatt Earp, Frank McLain, Neal Brown.
Back Row from Left: Longfellow (recruited in 2007!), Luke Short, Bat Masterson, and W. F. Petillon.

Old West Agent Badges

Pinkerton Detective Agency Badge

Pinkerton Detective Agency Badge

Old West Agent Badges – Alan Pinkerton established his private detective agency in 1850. The company logo was an open eye and the motto. “We Never Sleep”. These agents tracked outlaws all over the country from Jesse James to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. ( the wild bunch).

Railroad police officers serving in the Eastern corridor were commonly called “detectives.” In the west, they earned the name “Special Agents” due to their mission to protect the company as well as its agents along the railway miles. This title persevered throughout the years, and has been adopted by most federal agencies today.

Two of the most famous Special Agents hired to protect the railroads were Bat Masterson and Allen Pinkerton. The Pinkerton’s employed experienced professional policemen and investigators to combat crime along the railways. In these pioneer days, they sought to distinguish themselves from the confusion and distrust created by the unprepared railway police officers. However, in the eyes of the railroad employees, these men were “outsiders,” a situation that led to poor cooperation and an atmosphere of skepticism and suspicion.


  • Pinkerton Detective Agency Badge - Alan Pinkerton established his private detective agency in 1850. The company logo was an open eye and the motto. "We Never Sleep". These agents tracked outlaws all over the country from Jesse James to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. ( the wild bunch). Our Old West replica badges are crafted out of steel and brass. We double-stamp them and then they are silver plated. Finally each Old West badge is hand finished for that worn, antique look. Heavy safety pin closure on the back of each badge. Badges arrive in a small gift box complete with story. Depending on the badge, size range is 1 5/8" inches to 3 1/8″ H. Buy any TWO Badges Buy any THREE Badges
  • Pony Express Messenger Badge - From April 1860 to October 1861, Pony Express riders carried the mail over a hazardous 1600 mile route in only 10 days. Our Old West replica badges are crafted out of steel and brass. We double-stamp them and then they are silver plated. Finally each Old West badge is hand finished for that worn, antique look. Heavy safety pin closure on the back of each badge. Badges arrive in a small gift box complete with story. Depending on the badge, size range is 1 5/8" inches to 3 1/8″ H. Buy any TWO Badges Buy any THREE Badges
  • Brothel Inspector Badge - This badge is neither novelty, nor "Joke". Brothel Inspector was an official office. No foolin! This had to be the cushiest job in world. Their adventures were decidedly more in the category of " indoor sport". Buy any TWO Badges Buy any THREE Badges
  • Indian Police Badge - U.S. Indian Police: Every reservation had its own Indian police force which was empowered by the federal government. Our Old West replica badges are crafted out of steel and brass. We double-stamp them and then they are silver plated. Finally each Old West badge is hand finished for that worn, antique look. Heavy safety pin closure on the back of each badge. Badges arrive in a small gift box complete with story. Depending on the badge, size range is 1 5/8" inches to 3 1/8″ H. Buy any TWO Badges Buy any THREE Badges
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs Badge - Also known as the Department of the Interior until 1859, when it was changed to Bureau of Indian Affairs. Tom Jeffords rode into the Dragoon Mountains by himself in an effort to make peace with the Cochie and his Apache Renegades. Our Old West replica badges are crafted out of steel and brass. We double-stamp them and then they are silver plated. Finally each Old West badge is hand finished for that worn, antique look. Heavy safety pin closure on the back of each badge. Badges arrive in a small gift box complete with story. Depending on the badge, size range is 1 5/8" inches to 3 1/8″ H. Buy any TWO Badges Buy any THREE Badges
  • Yuma Territorial Prison Badge - The cells of Arizona’s Yuma Prison were dug out below ground level, and had no roofs to shelter prisoners from the sweltering sun of the Arizona Desert. Not only were these jailbirds exposed to extreme heat up to 115 degrees, they also had to face dangerous venemous enemies such as Black Widows, Rattlesnakes, Scorpions, Centipedes and even Gila Monsters! What a picture of Hell on Earth! One time, a man put his boots on without looking inside, and was bitten by a desert centipede. His leg went gangrenous and had to be amputated. Our Old West replica badges are crafted out of steel and brass. We double-stamp them and then they are silver plated. Finally each Old West badge is hand finished for that worn, antique look. Heavy safety pin closure on the back of each badge. Badges arrive in a small gift box complete with story. Depending on the badge, size range is 1 5/8" inches to 3 1/8″ H. Buy any TWO Badges Buy any THREE Badges
  • Railway Express Special Agent Badge - A merger of American Express, Wells Fargo, Adams and Southern Express resulted in the American Railway Express Company. After 1929, it became the Railway Express Agency. Our Old West replica badges are crafted out of steel and brass. We double-stamp them and then they are silver plated. Finally each Old West badge is hand finished for that worn, antique look. Heavy safety pin closure on the back of each badge. Badges arrive in a small gift box complete with story. Depending on the badge, size range is 1 5/8" inches to 3 1/8″ H. Buy any TWO Badges Buy any THREE Badges
  • Special Agent Santa Fe Railroad Badge - By 1860 there were 30,626 miles of railroad in the United States -- more than three times the mileage than existed just 10 years before. Theft was rampant and the losses in dollars of freight, parcels and luggage were overwhelming to the railroad companies. Railway companies, left to protect themselves, contracted railroad policemen. Two of the most famous Special Agents hired to protect the railroads were Bat Masterson and Allen Pinkerton. Our Old West replica badges are crafted out of steel and brass. We double-stamp them and then they are silver plated. Finally each Old West badge is hand finished for that worn, antique look. Heavy safety pin closure on the back of each badge. Badges arrive in a small gift box complete with story. Depending on the badge, size range is 1 5/8" inches to 3 1/8″ H. Buy any TWO Badges Buy any THREE Badges
  • Union Pacific Special Agent Badge - By 1860 there were 30,626 miles of railroad in the United States -- more than three times the mileage than existed just 10 years before. Theft was rampant and the losses in dollars of freight, parcels and luggage were overwhelming to the railroad companies. Railway companies, left to protect themselves, contracted railroad policemen. Two of the most famous Special Agents hired to protect the railroads were Bat Masterson and Allen Pinkerton. Our Old West replica badges are crafted out of steel and brass. We double-stamp them and then they are silver plated. Finally each Old West badge is hand finished for that worn, antique look. Heavy safety pin closure on the back of each badge. Badges arrive in a small gift box complete with story. Depending on the badge, size range is 1 5/8" inches to 3 1/8″ H. Buy any TWO Badges Buy any THREE Badges
  • Santa Fe Railroad Guard Badge - By 1860 there were 30,626 miles of railroad in the United States -- more than three times the mileage that existed just 10 years before. Theft was rampant and the losses in dollars of freight, parcels and luggage were overwhelming to the railroad companies. Railway companies, left to protect themselves, contracted railroad policemen. Two of the most famous Special Agents hired to protect the railroads were Bat Masterson and Allen Pinkerton. Buy any TWO Badges Buy any THREE Badges
  • Western Atlantic RR Agent Badge - This southern railroad became a major transport for the Confederate states during the war between the North and South. It provided the only practical link for getting troops and supplies from the East and West. Our Old West replica badges are crafted out of steel and brass. We double-stamp them and then they are silver plated. Finally each Old West badge is hand finished for that worn, antique look. Heavy safety pin closure on the back of each badge. Badges arrive in a small gift box complete with story. Depending on the badge, size range is 1 5/8" inches to 3 1/8″ H. Buy any TWO Badges Buy any THREE Badges

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