Salt Lake City: A Fabulous 1888-dated Gold and Silver Tiffany Deputy's Badge. The badge was issued by the Merchants Security Association to Albert F. Holden. It is our understanding that this was a group formed by the non-Mormon businessmen, who felt it necessary to band together in that Mormon-dominated city.

    Holden, an 1888 graduate of Harvard, joined his father's mining operations in the silver fields of Utah. In 1899 he began buying up and consolidating mining and other companies in the region, and by 1906 he owned the second-largest mining and smelting trust in the world. He acquired mining interests in Mexico, where he befriended Pancho Villa. As a result, Holden's properties were never plundered by the revolutionaries, as were many American business interests in Mexico. The badge is accompanied by its original marked Tiffany case, made in a unique shape to conform to that of the badge. The badge itself is engraved with "A. F. Holden" on the gold portion at the top, and with "Merchant's Security Association 1888" on the reverse.

    The lot also includes a very fine sterling silver pocket flask with reptile hide and hinged lid, engraved on the side "A. F. Holden Salt Lake City" on the side, and "Daddy from Elizabeth" on the bottom. Also included is a silver-fitted baton with a plate inscribed "Albert Fairchild Holden 2nd Marshall 1888." This was an award from his graduating class at Harvard. The badge measures 2" x 2.5", and is in beautiful condition with a rich old patina. The flask is 3.125" x 4.625", and the baton is 14.75" in length. A wonderful lot for the collector of rare Western badges or of historic Utah material.

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    November, 2013
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