Old Colony Railroad old Brakeman Badge ~ NR
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Old Colony Railroad - BRAKEMAN Hat Badge
ocb Maker A. W. Mitchell & Co. - Boston Size 3 3/4 by 1" Type slot ends - fancy edge Condition Very Good
This is an early Massachusetts badge. The Old Colony used at least 4 different
badge designs over the years. They were taken over by the New Haven Railroad
in 1893. This is a nice badge which has plating wear but no damage. The O.C.R.R.
intials are in an arc and each letter is underlined. You can see the engraving
marks in the occupation name. This would help the black enamel "stick". T is
a nice tooled border that goes all of the way around the perimeter.
The back has a nice Mitchell hallmark. This is an earlier and harder to find Boston
badge manufacturer. When describing this to other New England collectors we would
refer to this style of badge as a "slotted mustache" to quickly identify it. I think
that the familiar New Haven style "notch top" was the last badge used by the Old
Colony and that this badge would go back to the 1880s or very early 1890s.
I have other quality badges listed right now. We gladly combine items for reduced shipping.
Shipping to Canada is no problem, however, I need to verify the rate at auction end. I also need to have Canadian payment in US dollars (Money Order, US