Baltimore Police Captain badge for the Northwestern District. Jeweler made with hard fired enamel. According to noted Baltimore historian Bruce Green, the only one known to exist.
On September 8th 1868 George Earhart was appointed a Policeman for the Western District. After eighteen months of service as a patrolman a position opened up and he was raised to the rank of Sergeant with night duty. Two months later he was assigned to day duty. On April 9th 1874 he was promoted to Lieutenant. Six months had scarcely passed by when on October 19th 1874 he was promoted to Captain having reached the rank in six years after his appointment as patrolman. Captain Earhart took a prominent part in suppressing the riots of 1877. He held that position until his retirement in 1889.
Baltimore City Directory 1886
This elaborate and unique 14k gold suspension badge is in the form of a belt. The wording “Dep. Marshal of Police” appears in hard black enamel. The inner and outer borders are outlined in hard red enamel. The emblem of the Maryland Jockey Club, in yellow and white gold, is suspended in the center. The inscription on the reverse of the badge reads, “Jacob Frey From The Maryland Jockey Club / Spring Meeting 1882”. Frey was appointed to the Baltimore Police force with the rank of Captain in 1867, was made Deputy Marshal in 1870 and Marshal in 1885. He served as Marshal (Chief of Police) until 1897.
The inscription on the reverse of the badge reads, “Jacob Frey From The Maryland Jockey Club / Spring Meeting 1882”.
Denton Journal January 7, 1911
1878 Baltimore City Directory
George W. Earhart
Captain of the Northwestern District
Baltimore Police Dept.
Jacob Frey Baltimore Police Department
Appointed to the force in 1867 with the rank of Captain, was made Deputy Marshal in 1870, and Marshal in 1885, a position he held until July 1897.
The News (Frederick, Maryland July 13, 1897
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