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(7) Old New Bedford Massachusetts Police Officer Brass Uniform Buttons
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(7) Old New Bedford Massachusetts Police Officer Brass Uniform Buttons
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The picture below shows a larger view of all (7) Old New Bedford Massachusetts Police Officer Brass Uniform Buttons in this lot. These brass buttons are not dated and the years that they were made are unknown. The are (2) large, (3) medium, and (2) small buttons in this lot. These are marked on the two sides as follows:

(Large)
1876
NEW BEDFORD
POLICE
SUPERIOR QUALITY

(Medium)
1876
NEW BEDFORD
POLICE
D. EVANS &. CO., INC.
NORTH ATTLEBORO MASS.

(Small)
1876
NEW BEDFORD
POLICE
SUPERIOR QUALITY

All seven of these for one price! To judge the sizes the largest buttons measure about 1'' wide. These appear to range from excellent to mint condition as pictured.

Below here, for reference, is some information about the New Bedford, Massachusetts Police Department:

History

In 1794, the first organized police force in New Bedford was created to protect against theft. The men were called Watchmen and protected businesses and gardens. The group was named the Bedford Association. As New Bedford grew, largely in part to its whaling industry, so did the need for a more organized police force. In 1824, the Bedford Association became the Night Watch. Their primary focus became preventing robberies in the businesses. In 1847 the village of New Bedford was officially incorporated. The need for a more organized policing force led to the Night Watch becoming police constables led by Henry Hathaway. Henry Hathaway is more famous for helping John Boyle OíReilly escape a penal colony in Western Australia in 1869. Learn more here. From 1847 to 1876, the constables patrolled the city at night protecting the businesses.

In 1876 the New Bedford Police Department was officially formed. Hathaway became the departmentís first police chief. It consisted of 26 regular officers, and 83 part time officers. The Police Department has been housed in many different areas of the city since its inception. The first police station, as with many others, was given to the police department after being used for different purposes. Many of the departmentsí stations started their lives as libraries, schools, townhouses, banks, even a grocery store. Today the department operates out of four main buildings in different sections of the city.

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(7) Old New Bedford Massachusetts Police Officer Brass Uniform Buttons


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