Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1254: Gold Filled Deputy U.S. Marshal Badge

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Gold Filled Deputy U.S. Marshal Badge of Dodge City, Kansas, Deputy U.S. Marshal Ramon K. House

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Gold Filled Deputy U.S. Marshal Badge of Dodge City, Kansas, Deputy U.S. Marshal Ramon K. House

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Offered here is the gold Deputy U.S. Marshal badge of Deputy U.S. Marshal Ramon K. "Kenny" House, Dodge City, Kansas. It is a first national issue (1941-1970) badge known as the “Ike” or “Eagle Top” which came in three rank designations: Marshal, Chief Deputy, and Deputy. As stated this is the Deputy version. The back of the badge is marked “1586/THIS BADGE/CONVEYS/NO AUTHORITY/UNLESS/ACCOMPANIED BY/PROPER/CREDENTIALS” as well as “1/10 10 K GF.” Kenny House began his law enforcement career with the Louisville Police Department in 1941 and, after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, again from 1946 to 1956. From 1956 to 1971 he served as the Chief of Police for the Dodge City Police Department as well as City Marshal. House was among those who greeted Senator John F. Kennedy when he came to Dodge City while campaigning for U.S. President and offered the then presidential hopeful a cowboy hat on behalf of the city. In January 1961, House appeared on horseback in Kennedy’s inaugural parade. Ten years later House was appointed a deputy U.S. Marshal, and then in 1978 at age 62 was appointed the first U.S. Marshal from Dodge City. His office in Dodge City was a replica of Marshal Matt Dillon’s office, with the added modern convenience of air conditioning, and was meant to be “a tribute to the brave men, past and present, who serve as marshal.” His fascination with western history drew him to Dodge City and to law enforcement. In the words of a fellow U.S. Marshal, House was “a wild west character from the word go.” He was even featured in a television episode of "Gunsmoke." Provenance: Charles Schreiner III Collection, Robert B. "Bob" Berryman Estate Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, showing even wear and retaining nearly all of the enamel.

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