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How do I verify authenticity of this badge?

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Posted over 5 years ago

 

I have had this Texas Rangers badge in my collection for probably about 11 years now... it was reported to be authentic from, if I can recall, the 60's ??


I really have no idea... any help is appreciated.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v648/GruntUSMC/ranger1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v648/GruntUSMC/ranger2.jpg


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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

I would say the only way to verify the badge would be to take it to a Rangers Office.

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

Be careful taking it to a Rangers office, some agencies are very active in trying to get their badges back.  they could confiscate it as lost or stolen property.  Search the internet for some literature on Ranger badges to see if there is any available.  The other thing to do is start asking around with collecors to see if they know anyone who is knowledgable in this area.  I know that they have a coule of shows in the state of Texas.  Find out when they are and ask people at the shows who the expert is in the area of Ranger badges.  People will usually point out one or two collectors who are in the know about such things.  It is a nice piece and looks great.

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

I have a knockoff Ranger badge in my collection that looks identical to the one pictured.  From what I was told, the Rangers never had a badge with "Co. A" on it.


Mine is also made from a Mexican Pesos, but is a fake.  Chances are that since yours looks exactly like mine, it is a fake as well.


It is from the early days as well and is still worth having in the collection, just not as an "original".


I'd say the best way to find out is to take it to a dealer to have them verify it for you for insurance purposes.


I found a site for you to look at:


 


http://www.texasranger.org/artifacts/Fakebadges.htm

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

Thanks for the info!  I figured it was a fake, but I wasn't really sure.  I bough it at a flea market when I was about 15 - I think I paid $50 for it.


Fake or not I think i'll keep it - after all, I've kept it this long! :)


-LJ