Badge, "Pinkerton National Detective Agent, New York"

Description
This badge is a novelty replica of the badges worn by members of the Pinkerton Detective Agency during the second half of the 19th century. The top of the badge bears the “all-seeing eye” with Pinkerton’s motto “We Never Sleep” below. The center of the badge reads “Pinkerton National Detective Agent” above “New York” in a cartouche. The Pinkerton Agency was established by Allen Pinkerton in 1850 and became famous by protecting President Lincoln during the Civil War. After the war, the Pinkerton Agency and its detectives became notorious for their violent methods in hunting down criminals and protecting railroad shipments as well as busting strikes and suppressing the dissent of organized labor.
Object Name
badge
user
Pinkerton National Detective Agency
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 cm x 4.5 cm; 1 31/32 in x 1 25/32 in
associated place
United States
ID Number
1991.0325.01
catalog number
1991.0325.01
accession number
1991.0325
subject
Military
Cultures & Communities
American Enterprise
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Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

7/28/2015 3:25:55 PM
herbert sontz
Is this badge manufactured by Pettibone?
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