Hatband & Straps
Law Enforcement Insignia
Tie Ornaments & Pins
of the NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
BADGES: National Park Service Associated
National Park Ranger/Deputy Marshal
This badge is an Art-Deco version of the standard Federal style, but
without a park affiliation. It is unplated brass with a stylized eagle
on the top. Under the eagle is a ribbon bar with U.S. stamped in it. The
badge consists of concentric circles with a horizontal Art-Deco bar
containing seven bands about 3/5ths of the way down. The bands are
alternately raised and depressed with the depressed portion stippled. In
the center is a 6-pointed star with protected points like some of the
older marshal badges. In the middle of the star are the words
DEPUTY/U.S/MARSHAL in three lines. Next comes a quarter inch ring with
narrow borders. The top band of the horizontal bar dissects this ring.
Around the top, above the band is NATIONAL PARK and below it is RANGER.
Around this is another narrower band with a raised outside border and
stippled center. Five horizontal bands dissect this ring. At the bottom
of the badge is a bar with the number 101. All lettering is black. Size
2-1/4" wide x 2-7/8" high.
National Park Ranger/Indian Reserve
This badge was undoubtably made to be used by a
National Park Ranger on some Indian Reservation, but there is no way of
telling where. It is made of German (nickel) silver with a thin circle
incised around the inside, creating a 1/4 inch band on the outside. In
this band, in 1/8 inch letters, are stamped the words U.S. PARK across
the top and RANGER on the bottom with a star on either side just below
the center line of the badge. In the center of the badge, in 3/4 inch
numerals, is the number 79. Also in the center are the words
DEPARTMENT/OF/THE/INTERIOR/INDIAN RESERVE in 3/32 inch letters.
DEPARTMENT is at the top, curved to conform to the circle, while
INTERIOR and INDIAN RESERVE are at the bottom. OF THE are in straight
lines above INTERIOR at the bottom. Letters and numbers have a black
fill. Size: 2" diameter, slightly convex.
National Park Service/Geological Survey
It's difficult to pen down exactly when this badge was issued since
national park service appeared on badges prior to it becoming a bureau,
but it shows evidence of being used. It may have been issued when the
USGS was surveying some of the western parks. The USGS was never park of
the National Park Service, so it may have been worn to give the wearer
added authority while he performed his job. It is German silver. Size:
2" wide x 2-1/2" high.
National Park Service/Geological Survey
This badge is much later than the above example. While conforming to
the mid-century style, the fact that it is numbered 1 makes it
suspicious as to its authenticity. It may have been a pilot project that
never developed since it is the only one found, but that is true of the
others as well, although, except for the Indian Reserve, they appear to
have been made for an individual. It is nickel-plated with an eagle with
downswept wings resting on top of a shield. In the center of the shield
is the Department of the Interior seal with two curved ribbons over top
with NATIONAL PARK SERVICE on the top and GEOLOGICAL SURVEY beneath.
Under the seal is another curved ribbon with DEPT. OF INTERIOR and the
number 1 in a cartouche below. This bottom ribbon is also suspicious
since the correct title for the Department is DEPARTMENT (or DEPT.) OF
THE INTERIOR and is always written that way. Size: 2-1/4" wide x
Yellowstone Chief Park Ranger/Deputy
This badge is made of unplated brass and consists of a series of
concentric circles with the outside circle having a scroll-strap border.
On top is an eagle with down-swept wings, very similar to that used on
todays Federal badges. In the center of the badge is a buffalo, probably
meant to represent the Interior Department, but more reminiscent of that
used on the 1913-1938 buffalo nickel. Around the buffalo is a narrow
white ring. The next ring contains a U on the left side and a S on the
right, with DEPUTY on top and MARSHAL on the bottom. The following ring
contains [star] RANGER [star] on top and YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
around the bottom. filling the ring. At the top of the outer ring is a
bar containing CHIEF. The number bar at bottom is blank. The U and S are
red, while all other letters are blue. Size: 1-27/32" wide x 2-17/32"