Alaska Railroad Special Agent Badges
Here are some badge photos that I hope that you can use. Each photo is labeled. I have good photos of some and not-so-good ones of others. To the best of my knowledge, the current issue badge is the one with the walking bear. I have seen around five of these, each with different numbers from #1-6 plus the chief special agent version. Some badges are hallmarked by the maker and some are not and if I know the hallmark, it's listed. The most valuable badge is the sterling silver one with the copper numeral 1 in the center. I recall that it sold for over $1000 a few years ago and I believe that it was made by Irvine & Jachens of San Francisco, a long-time high-quality badge maker and jeweler.
You will see that some are labeled as fakes and some as having unknown provenance. The most common ARR badge fake is the nickel seven-point one with the Alaska center seal with the red ring around it. This was the product of a well-known guy who sold these and similar railroad badges for $25 each back in the late 1970's. To the uninitiated, this badge often brings a hefty price.
Hiring for ARR special agents is processed through Human Resources of the State of Alaska and, as I mentioned, the last I knew, there were about half a dozen working the railroad.
|Alaska Agent wallet clip no HM likely fake||Alaska Railroad Chief Special Agent Blackinton HM||Alaska Railroad Chief Special Agent Entenmann-Rovin HM possibly 1970's-1980's|
|Alaska RR 3 Blackinton HM||Alaska RR 40s-50s Salt Lake Stamp Co HM||Alaska RR fake from 1970's|
|Alaska RR Spl Agent 2 Blackinton HM||Alaska RR Spl Agent current patch||Alaska SA 1.5 inch unknown provenance no HM|
|ARR Detective no HM thought to be 1950's-1960's||ARR Spl Agent current issue badge patch||ARR Spl Agent past issue shoulder patch|
|ARR Spl Agent unknown if real||Early 1920's sterling silver Chief Special Agent Badge Alaska Railroad Police|
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