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First Issue Toledo badge, nicknamed the "Canal Boat" shield. 3" in height,
#29 with chain keeper. On July 3, 1868 the Canal Boat shields were issued.

Tintype image showing Toledo police officer wearing 1st issue badge with chain keeper.
Cleveland Police Officer

Cleveland Police Officer with  police badge and chain.

Toledo Police Sergeant sheild, made of sterling silver with applied gold front star and Sergeant designation.  Circa 1880

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Another early  Toledo badge, nicknamed the "Canal Boat" shield.  3" in height, #107.

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Picture of Cincinnati officers courtesy of Pat Olvey, Historian-Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.

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Picture of Cincinnati officers courtesy of Pat Olvey, Historian-Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.

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Picture of Cincinnati Police Lieutenant courtesy of Pat Olvey, Historian-Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.

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Tiffin Police Officer cabinet photo and badge #6 courtesy Vic Elliott.

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1st issue Cleveland Police badge and chain keeper on back. Courtesy of Vic Elliot

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Hamilton, OH Police badge #18

Hamilton, OH Police Officer wearing badge #18.

First Issue  Toledo badge, nicknamed the “Canal Boat” shield.  3” in height,
Toledo Police Sergeant sheild, made of sterling silver with applied gold front star and Sergeant designation.  Circa 1880
Toledo Police Sergeant sheild, made of sterling silver with applied gold front star and Sergeant designation.  Circa 1880
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The badge above was made in 1888 for the Cincinnati Police Department. It is one of 20 badges that were ordered.
Portions of the 1888 City of Cincinnati Annual Report mention this badge.
The badge is made of German Silver with a Gold Center Seal. The "T" pin is original to the badge as is the "C" clip that holds the pin. The item to the right of the badge near the bottom is known in Cincinnati as a "Whistle Hook". A chain was attached to the officers whistle and the opposite end of the chain was attached to the whistle hook. This prevented the whistle from being lost.  Your badge (#3) is in excellent condition for its age and is extremely rare. No more than 3 others exist in the same condition as yours. The attached pages are from the 1888 annual report. The attached pages describe that a badge was being made for the lieutenants on the force and the design was approved and accepted by the Board of Police Commissioners.
Sincerely,
Patrick Olvey, Historian-Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.

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Columbus, OH 1st issue Police badge #117 with chain keeper.  Circa 1870-1890.
Columbus, Ohio cabinet photo of officer wearing 1st issue badge.
Picture of Cincinnati Police Lieutenant.

Picture of Cincinnati Police Lieutenant.

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B Mahon Police Officer Toledo O.  According to author and historian Geo. Virgines in his book, Badges of Law and Order who features a picture of this badge, it is circa 1830.  Officer Mahon was made Chief of Police in 1856 and this badge must date prior to that date when just an officer.

B Mahon Police Officer Toledo O. According to author and historian Geo. Virgines in his book, Badges of Law and Order who features a picture of this badge, it is circa 1830. Officer Mahon was made Chief of Police in 1856 and this badge must date prior to that date when just an officer.

Cleveland Superintendent of Police badge, circa 1882.
Cleveland Superintendent of Police badge, circa May 20,1882.
Photo of Jacob W. Schmitt

Jacob W. Schmitt's solid gold Superintendent of Cleveland Police presentation badge. The badge is over 4 1/2" tall. Presentation: J. W. Schmitt / on his 25th Anniver'y / PUBLIC SERVICE / Vom Stammtisch / May 20, 1882.  The badge is hallmarked P. L. Miles.  It remains in the original jewelers wooden box. Inside the box is covered in silk lining which has the printed company name:  P. L. Miles @ Co. Mftg. Jewelers 314 Euclid Av. Cleveland.  4 3/4" tall.  The Vom Stammtisch translates from German to English as "Group of Regulars."  

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Close up of eagle on the Schmitt Superintendent gold badge.
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Columbus, OH 1st issue Police badge #117 with chain keeper.  Circa 1870-1890.

Columbus, Ohio cabinet photo of officer wearing 1st issue badge. Courtesy of Vic Elliott.

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