1872 City Marshal badge
Reverse of City Marshal Badge showing presentation:  Presented by Li Po Tai Co. to William Saxton San Jose May 1872.

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Auburn Daily Journal-Tuesday,
July 18, 1916

Reverse of City Marshal Badge showing presentation: 
Presented by
Li Po Tai Co.
William Saxton
San Jose May 1872.

Li Po Tai was a well known Chinese doctor in San Francisco with many well known and prominent citizens seeking his medical help.  Despite his reputation and good name he was familiar with the discrimination being exhibited towards the Chinese.
It is probable that Marshal Sexton treated him fairly and protected him from some false complaint.

The badge was no doubt fashioned by a San Francisco jeweler and the spelling of the Marshal’s name was incorrect, possibly due to the jeweler not hearing the name correctly when spoken with a Chinese accent.

Li Po Tai Jr SF Call Nov 6-1895
Obit Wm Sexton who served as Sheriff of Placer Co. and City Marshal of San Jose.

Morphy Auction description:  Jeweler made, composed of two tones of solid gold, finely engraved with detailed spiraling scrolls with blue-enameled scroll highlights.   Shield-shaped with blue "CITY/MARSHAL" enameled in center, surrounded by a relief applied wreath of leaves with a detailed eagle perched on top, head turned to the left and inlaid with a diamond eye. The back is inscribed "Presented by Li Po Tai Co/to/William Saxton(Sic)/San Jose May 1st, 1872".   Solid large gold single pin runs vertically. Measuring 2-1/8" wide by 2-1/2" high. Weighs 2.25 ounces, solid gold.


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