HELMET BADGES OF THE GLASGOW POLICE

THE FIRST HELMET BADGE
This helmet badge was brought into use in 1868 when the Glasgow Police first adopted the helmet to replace the top hat which had no badge. The badge was cast in bronze and consisted of a garter with the words 'City of Glasgow Police'. It had a solid centre incorprating the coat-of-arms of Glasgow.


1880 PATTERN HELMET BADGE
This badge is very similar to the the first badge (see above) which was of solid cast bronze with a solid centre. In c.1888, this badge was produced, again in bronze, but on this occasion it was die-struck with fretting around the coat-of-arms in the centre. It is interesting to note that a fairly large number of the 1868 pattern solid centre badges were used by some officers at the same time as this badge was being worn. This badge continued in use until c.1912.


1912 PATTERN HELMET BADGE
This badge was the same design as the 1880 pattern badge but in white metal. It was highly polished by the sergeants and constables and many examples are found extremely worn by the continued polishing.

When it was issued, the rank and file officers did not like to wear the badge on night shift as the street lights reflected on it and gave away their position to suspicious persons whom they may have had under observation.
Shortly after, the senior officers accepted this problem and overcame it by issuing the badge painted black to avoid reflection, which would be worn only on night shift.

 


1930 PATTERN HELMET BADGE
This badge was similar in design as the 1912 pattern badge but with the Scottish National pattern crest in the centre (Thistle/Semper Vigilo design).
This badge was issued in white metal (1930), black (night shift) and subsequently in chromed finish.
This pattern of helmet badge was worn until 1952 when the helmets were withdrawn and all Glasgow Police officers began wearing the peaked cap.


 
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