San Diego Badge History
These badges are from the same distributer “Langenbacker” out of Utah. They sell well-made and hallmarked badges which have fooled many. Their badge catalog is a required reference for all of us. I was at a San Diego badge show many years ago and 3 of us had this same badge (number and all) in our display frames. It was quite a lesson for all of us. If you see this badge, stay away unless it is priced accordingly and you need to fill a spot in your collection until you acquire a real one.
OK, before you scroll down lets clear the air...
Collectors have individual criteria on what is/is not a fake badge. We have all had the same conversations and the different perspectives. Below is my perspective.
A badge is real if it was worn by a LEO on duty i.e. jeweler made, early badges self-purchased etc.
A badge is real if it was issued by an agency.
A badge manufactured by the contracted badge maker but was never in the inventory of the agency is a 2nd. (authorized 2nds, jacket badges, collectors badges)
A badge manufactured by a non-contracted badge maker is a reproduction/fake.
A PARTS badge is constructed to resemble a real badge when combining some or all of its components from real badge parts; a fake
All badges on this page are fakes of some sort as identified by myself or fellow collectors.
Fakes / Reproduction / 2nds
This is a parts badge and was very well made. Most collectors are aware the LAPD does not issue badges with the ER Rosette on back.
Parts badge made from a real generic Deputy Sheriff badge. The crafty person bought an old tin star and stamped in SD CO in the center to raise the value. There are several of these out there in the Deputy Sheriff and Deputy Constable titles. These can be very difficult to walk away from as the look very good.