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Catalog Number 1997.320.004
Description Irene Farrell's Hillsborough Police Matron Badge, 1942 . This silver metal badge belong to Irene Farrell of Hillsborough, the 1st Policewoman in San Mateo, CA. The badge is shaped like a star with floral motifs engraved on the badge near the end of each tips of the front of the badge. In the middle of the badge, in a circle, printed in blue and bold, the text reads "POLICE / HILLSBOROUGH / MATRON". The text "HILLSBOROUGH" is smaller than both of the text above with two small blue lines in between the text "POLICE / HILLSBOROUGH" and the text "HILLSBOROUGH / MATRON". On the back of the badge towards the bottom left, in tiny and bold lettering, the engraved text reads "IRVINE & JACHENS / S.F." On the back of the badge towards the bottom right, in tiny and bold lettering, the engraved text reads "STERLING". Also on the back of the badge is a metal pin that is held together by a metal safety patch that looks like a small loop on the back.
Object Name Badge, Law Enforcement
Collection 3D - Personal Symbols
Title Irene Farrell's Hillsborough Police Matron Badge, 1942
Date 1942
Creator Irvine & Jachens, S.F.
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "POLICE / HILLSBOROUGH / MATRON" (printed in blue and bold in a circle, located the middle of the badge)

"IRVINE & JACHENS / S.F." (engraved in tiny and bold lettering on the back of the badge towards the bottom left)

"STERLING" (Engraved in tiny and bold lettering on the back of the badge towards the bottom right)

Provenance Collection of Memorabilia Reguarding Irene Farrell, 1st Policewoman in San Mateo.
Belonged To Irene Farrell, Hillsborough, Ca
Notes "San Mateo's first Policewoman joined the force today. She is Miss Irene Farrell, deputy city clerk and now a regular member of Chief Thomas Burke's gun toting trouble stoppers, with a regular police star'n everything." -- San Mateo Times June 26th, 1926

"Sworn in to help book female suspects, Miss Farrell was issued a gun that she immediately returned. She worked in her office across the hall from the old B Street police station."

[Both text above located on the display used for the exhibit in the Atkinson Room] [3/14/2017]

"Farrell Named Police Dept. Matron Appointment of Miss Irene Farrell of Burlingame, former San Mateo deputy city clerk, as Hillsborough police matron ivas n n - r.ounccd forlay by Police Chief Walter AVisnom" [https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/38937820/ The Times from San Mateo dated February 10, 1942] [4/3/2017]
Dimensions H-2.5 W-2 inches
Search Terms Badge
Badges
Irene Farrell
Police
San Mateo
San Mateo Police Department
Women
Subjects Badges
Memorabilia
Police
San Mateo
People Farrell, Irene