Artifact Detective - October 2011

With the sheer volume of artifacts that have been acquired by the National Law Enforcement Museum—more than 15,000 to date—we can’t always devote as much time to researching individual objects as we would like. We are calling on you to help us uncover some of the stories behind our objects. We will post pictures and any information we have on specific objects in our collection on our website, on our blog, and in our newsletter. We would like you to tell us anything you may know about the item. All information is welcome; sources and citations are requested when possible.

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Police Uniform Coat. Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, 1902. 2006.117.1. Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, DC.

Police Uniform Coat. Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, 1902.

What we know:

  • The coat was made by A.L. Singer and Co. for the Chicago Park District Police, most likely worn by an officer in Lincoln Park, circa 1902.

  • It is made of grey wool with 8 circular, brass buttons down the front.

What we want to know:

  • Was this the everyday uniform for Chicago Park District Police?

  • What type of hat, if any, was worn with this uniform coat?

  • What badges or patches may have been a part of this coat, particularly where the three holes are on the left chest?

  • Do the buttons have a special significance, like rank designation? What about the single black stripe on each sleeve?

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