San Francisco Special Police N. Z. badge made of sterling and beautifully hand engraved. Made by Wirth & Jachens circa 1886.
14K S.F.P.D. Special Police Wm. N. Chief's Office badge. Made by Irvine & Jachens San Francisco.
14K San Francisco Special Police badge with initials L.L. Chief's Office badge. Each of the six points is balltipped and has a diamond mounted in each.
Presented by Friends Sept. 27th 1930 and stamped 14k. Interesting that such an expensive badge does not have the persons name or the names of the “Friends” who gave it.
Was mob boss Lucky Luciano conncected in San Francisco? Noted writer Jay Barmann wrote that the mafia's historic stronghold out west was Emeryville, where they set up shop with a figurehead mayor, a chief of police, and their very own little harbor, ultimately headed up by mob boss Elmer "Big Bones" Remmer, who worked for Lucky Luciano. Remmer controlled a number of after-hours joints, gambling parlors (the Oaks Card Club in Emeryville is a latter day remnant, grandfathered in under city law since it's been there since the 1890s), brothels, and loan-sharking operations around Oakland, Emeryville, and S.F. Remmer's S.F. headquarters was the Menlo Club, and at least one source credits Jerry Brown's dad, "San Francisco Attorney Edmund Pat Brown [with helping to] incorporate Bone’s La Costa Nosta operation." So maybe it's just that the mob was better connected and operated in relative quiet out in crazy S.F.? In Emeryville, a reported hangout back in the mid-twentieth century was The Town House Bar, so named in part because it's where the "mayor" sat and drank all day while Remmer had free reign.
The Alameda County D.A.'s office prosecuted a bunch of cases against noted mob figures in the 40s and 50s. Also, reportedly, Jack Ruby (Lee Harvey Oswald's assassin) once worked in the Menlo Club in S.F. for a gambler named Eugene Shriber, an employee of Remmer's.
So what's that again about the mafia never being in San Francisco?
S.F.P.D. Special Police badge issued to a Military Police Officer U. S. Army, who worked side by side with a regular S.F.P.D. officer. The officers initials
A. B. McK. appear on the badge.
Made by Irvine & Jachens San Francisco and
dated on the reverse 8-29-27. Sterling
S.F.P.D. Special Police badge issued to a Military Police Officer U. S. Navy, who worked side by side with a regular S.F.P.D. officer. The officers initials
B. H. F. appear on the badge. Made by Irvine & Jachens San Francisco and
dated on the reverse 8-7-31. Sterling.
This nickel badge was made by J.C. Irvine San Francisco circa 1886 and is similar to the one this officer, a S.F.P.D. Special named George F. Nichols is wearing. He was shot on August 23, 1900 while investigating a burglary in progress. Nichols died of his wounds on the morning of August 24, 1900. PHOTO OF NICHOLS THAT APPEARS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL SATURDAY AUGUST 25,1900
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Patrol Special San Francisco Police hat badge.
San Francisco Patrol Special Police badge. #2586. Sterling silver, issued 8-19-31.
There were only 30-40 of these sterling badges ordered before they went to nickel.
Early San Francisco Special Police B.P. badge made of nickel silver by DWL S.F. Circa 1880.
Early San Francisco Special Police T. B. badge made of nickel silver by G. M. Woods & Co. Engravers 543 California St. S.F. The Woods Company was in business from 1956 to 1906.
San Francisco Emergency Special Police C. O. Hospitals badge. Made of nickel silver by Irvine & Jachens 1068 Mission St. San Francisco.
San Francisco Special Police J.H.T. Chief’s Office Presented to John H. Threlkeld by Angelo F. Rossi Mayor of San Francisco 12-10-35. Made of 14k gold by Irvine & Jachens S.F.
Reverse of badge showing presentation: Presented to John H. Threlkeld by Angelo F. Rossi Mayor of San Francisco 12-10-35.
San Francisco Special Police badge #6372 Hallmarked Irvine & Jachens STERLING and
Members of the press who covered the Police Beat were able to apply to the Chief of Police for a Police Press badge than allowed them greater access to the police department and to crime scenes.