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St. Louis Union Station September 1, 1894 Officer's Badge. Sterling Silver. By Mermod & Jaccard.

St. Louis Union Station September 1, 1894 Officer's Badge. Sterling Silver. By Mermod & Jaccard.

425.00

36.3 grams total weight. 43mm x 73mm. Although this is not a medal in the numismatic sense, and it’s certainly not a coin, collectors will undoubtedly see the appeal in this Officer’s badge from St. Louis’s Union Station. The building was opened on September 1, 1894, and the first train pulled in the next day at 1:45pm. According to the building’s website:

The station saw some of its highest traffic during the World’s Fair of 1904 and World War II. Travelers moved in droves through the station, where a regular day’s capacity of more than 100,000 people was normal, and the midway became the most popular spot to see and be seen. People like President Harry Truman, Joe DiMaggio, Joan Crawford and St. Louis baseball teams the Browns and the Cardinals all made appearances at Union Station.

This badge was produced by Mermod & Jaccard jewellers of St. Louis for the “OFFICERS OF THE COMPANY,” which is inscribed on the suspended brass attachment. The primary component struck in sterling silver comprises four triangular elements that read ST. LOUIS / UNION/ SEP. 1-1894 / STATION. They are joined at the center by a raised circle with a beaded edge that features a beautifully detailed locomotive. Two suspension rings are attached above. Originally toned and exceptionally preserved, this finely crafted Officer’s badge is no doubt rare and an important piece of midwestern railroad history.

Ex: Warren Baker.

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