Lot 2016: Sheriff 'Smoot' Schmid's Gold and Diamond Badge
24th June 2017
Sheriff Richard A. 'Smoot' Schmid's personally-owned badge given to him by his deputies, measuring 1.75 x 2, engraved on the reverse, "Presented To Smoots Schmid, Jan - 1933, By His Deputies." The solid 14K gold badge features a genuine .74 carat diamond within a central star, encircled by the word "Texas." The front is engraved, "Sheriff, Dallas County." In fine condition. The diamond has been graded as having a clarity of SI2 and color of F-G. Schmid was sworn in as Dallas County sheriff on January 1, 1933, after being elected on campaign promises of more aggressive law enforcement. This badge must have been given to him shortly thereafter as a kind of congratulatory gift from his men. Ultimately, Schmid remained as the county's sheriff until 1947. A beautiful, unique piece from this legendary lawman.
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