Charles Pfeiffer’s 14k gold San Francisco Police Lieutenant badge #25, circa 1925.
Made by Irvine & Jachens S. F. Pfeiffer was assigned to Co. E. Northern Station.
Charles Pfeiffer’s San Francisco Police Sergeant badge #25. Made by Irvine & Jachens S. F.
San Francisco Police Detective Sergeant badge #11.
Badge is dated 1932 and hallmarked Irvine & Jachens Mission St. S.F. Sterling. Issue to George P. Wafer who joined the department on 7-2-1923.
Read Newspaper Accounts of Wafers Heroics.
San Francisco Police Corporal badge #964, made by
Irvine & Jachens. 3-2-23. Sterling. Issued to Cornelius F. Thornton who was appointed 1-31-1921. Promoted to Sergeant July 17, 1933.
San Francisco Police Corporal badge #648, made by Irvine & Jachens.
Badge is Sterling. Issued to Archie E. Schmidt who was promoted to Corporal on Jan. 1, 1926 and was first appointed to the force April 13, 1914. Presentation on reverse reads: From Two Dear Friends.
San Francisco Police Inspector badge #554
made by Morgen Jewelry S.F. and marked 14k.
As reported in the July 1929
San Francisco Police and Peace Officer’s Journal.
This 1923 image shows newly appointed Officer Geo. P. Wafer. Courtesy of Patty Davis.
San Francisco Police Corporal badge #56. Worn by
Frank A. Fontana Born 9 Oct 1870.
He was appointed to the department on 9-13-1895. The S.F. Call newspaper on Mar. 28, 1902 reports he passed the exam for Corporal and was appointed as such. The same newspaper on the 24 of November 1911 reports he was made a Sergeant . He served 32 years when he retired and passed away shortly thereafter on 2 July 1927.
Made by Irvine W. & Jachens 2129 Market St. S. F. Stamped sterling and dated 1-16-09.
San Francisco Call 24 November 1911
Modesto News & Herald 8 July 1927
Extremely Rare San Francisco Police Detective badge, jeweler made, circa 1880.
San Francisco Police Corporal #132 Emile Hearn who was appointed Feb. 18, 1909 and was promoted
to Corporal Sept. 1, 1926. Star is dated 4-22-36, about a month after he lost his star.
S.F.P.D. Prototype Badges.
Back in the 1970’s it was felt by the department that they should explore going to a more unique police badge. Irvine & Jachens was tasked with coming up with new designs for consideration. These three prototype’s were considered. Badge number 88 was the badge number assigned to officer Russ Dickey. Russ was issued the badge to wear on duty and seek opinions and feedback from fellow officers and the public. Both badges 88 and 123 are sterling silver with hand engraved leafing highlighted by recessed black enamel. Badge 0000 was a departure from the 7 point star worn for more than 100 years. The badge featured reverse blue enameled panels and borders and a sterling silver city seal. Tradition won out and it was decided no change would be made. To this day badge 88 worn by Russ Dickey is the only department authorized prototype badge to be worn.
San Francisco Police Officer Philip G. Kiely was appointed Dec. 1, 1938. His sterling police badge is dated Sep. 1, 1921, he was not the first to wear it. Before Kiely, officer A.A. Archer wore the badge. Kiely rose through the ranks and was presented with this 14k gold badge. On the reverse is inscribed, “Lt. Philip Kiely from Members of Co. E.
(His Platoon) 7-1-50”.
A native son of San Francisco born 11-11-1915,
died July 24, 1972.
18 October 1956
10 December 1952
13 May 1953
San Francisco Police badge #1789, made by Irvine & Jachens Mission St. S.F. Cal., dated 7-15-53 and has the Jewelers Union Local 70 Stamp.