U.S. Marshal Durango – William ( Big Bill) Thompson stood 6’4″tall, but that didn’t help him when he got into a gunfight with Jesse Stensel, the Town Marshal of Durango. Thompson was closing down gambling halls under the Governor’s orders. Marshal Stensel objected, and the two emptied their guns at each other. Sheriff Thompson died from four bullet wounds. After it was discovered that one of Thompson’s wounds was to his back, the Marshal was arrested for murder. Before the trial could take place, Sheriff Thompson’s clothing, which was the vital evidence to prove the murder charge, was burned by the undertaker. As a result, Stansel was acquitted and very soon after he moved to Texas.
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.