Vintage Police Badge Lapd Los Angeles Lieutenant Surplus 1923 - 1940 Series 5 For Sale
Vintage LAPD Lieutenant Detective Badge Series 5 ...in excellent used condition....the history of this type of badge is described in an article in the Los Angeles Times dated September 24, 1997...
"Things were different in the '20s and '30s when 7,000 "series five" badges, a gold teardrop-style shield used from 1923 to 1940, were routinely presented to ordinary and not-so-ordinary citizens.
Clark Gable, Bela Lugosi, Tom Mix and MGM head Louis B. Mayer are among the Hollywood celebrities who received LAPD badges.
Sherrard said that every Wednesday during the 1930s, "the old chief, James Davis, had Shield Day at the Academy. Businessmen would come up and he'd present them with a detective lieutenant's badge and they'd give a 'contribution.' "
The result was in 1940 when the new "series six" badge--the familiar large oval with the gold depiction of City Hall--was created, a new departmental policy went into effect: Only sworn LAPD officers could possess the badge.
Sherrard said that no other police department had a badge that looked like the LAPD's. "For 28 years, it was copyrighted."
But in the late '60s, he said, "They forgot to renew the copyright and the Beverly Hills Police Department went in immediately and went to the oval badge."
Now, just about every city in Los Angeles and Orange counties uses an LAPD-style oval. Said Sherrard: "It's a very attractive design."
This is one of theLieutenant Detective donor badges from that era that was obsoleted and replaced by the new design Series 6 in 1940. The new Series 6badge,which features L.A City Hall on the badge rather than the L.A City Seal,no longer depicts an eagle at the top and isless pointed at the base....Based on the serial number, 4392, and evenly distributing the badges over the time frame in the article, the badge was probably awarded around 1934 - 1935, almost 80 years ago.......some light wear on the high points of the badge...... light corrosion on some low points...Made by GEO. SCHENK LOS ANGELES......International customers please use Paypal...payment due within 5 days of close of sale....Thanks...On Jun-30-13 at 20:31:26 PDT, seller added the following information:
This badge is from the Helena estate of Norman Holter....He was in Los Angeles during the time period that these badges were distributed.....
Norman Jefferis "Jeff" Holter (February 1, 1914 â€“ July 21, 1983) was an American biophysicist who invented the Holter monitor, a portable device for continuously monitoring the electrical activity of the heart for 24 hours or more. Holter donated the rights to his invention to medicine.
Born in Helena, Montana, Holter graduated from Carroll College in 1931 and then continued his studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, graduating from there with a master's degree in chemistry in 1937. He then graduated a year later from the University of Southern California with a Master's degree in physics. He continued his education by completing postgraduate work at the University of Heidelberg (Germany), the University of Chicago, the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies, and the University of Oregon Medical School. During World War II, Holter served as senior physicist in the U.S. Navy, studying the characteristics of waves. In 1946, he headed a government research team involved in the atomic-bomb testing at Bikini Atoll. After the war, he continued work with the United States Atomic Energy Commission, and served as president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine from 1955 to 1956. In 1964, he became a full professor at the University of California, San Diego, coordinating activities at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics. In 1979, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) awarded Holter with the AAMI Foundation Laufman-Greatbatch Prize for his contributions to medical technology.
Holter was the son and grandson, respectively, of Montana pioneers Norman B. Holter and Anton M. Holter. Numerous landmarks in and around Helena, Montana bear his family's name. These landmarks include The Holter Museum of Art, Holter Dam, and Holter Lake. The Holter Art Museum is widely recognized as the premiere modern western art museum in the United States and attracts the talents and attention of international crowds.On Jul-01-13 at 10:40:27 PDT, seller added the following information:
I will include a copy of the estate sale listing in which the badge isdescribed in the sale....
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