STARS & SHIELDS: 1828, 1857 & 1858 SERIES STARS
Checker Band

The stars depicted on this page are replicas of the original versions. The leather star was issued to policeman of the era and was worn on a hat band. During the time this was the only identifying feature of a policeman. No uniforms existed and policeman wore civilian clothing. This leather star was shortly replaced by what was described as a "Plain Brass Star" in 1858. Officers were also issued uniforms, a short blue frock coat and a blue navy cap with gold band, as was written in the book "History of Chicago" by A. T. Andreas published in 1884. The order was given by Chicago's new Mayor John Charles Haines. Mayor Haines was both preceded and succeeded by Mayor John Wentworth who when re-elected in 1860 ordered that the leather star be reissued, the uniform however remained. No known photo of the "plain brass star" exists.

During the same era Constables worked part time and executed warrants issued by a judge, earning a fee. The Constable was an elected position. At this time the Chicago Police Department did not exist, rather is was a loosely controlled group of men commanded by a City Marshall. It wasn't until 1855 that the Chicago Police Department was offically formed, and officers were not uniformed until 1858.

CONSTABLE STAR
(Replica)

LEATHER STAR
(Replica)

1830's Chicago Police Constable Star Obverse View 1830's Chicago Police Patrolman Leather Star Obverse View
In Service Dates:
1828 thru c. 1900

Manufactured by:
Unknown

In Service Dates:
March 10, 1857 thru March 1, 1858,
March 6, 1860 thru March 25, 1861


Manufactured by:
Unknown

 

"PLAIN BRASS STAR"

 
  1858 Series  
   
  In Service Dates:
March 2, 1858 thru March 5, 1860

Manufactured by:
Unknown

 


 

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