Collecting insignia from the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 1999.
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FBI Badges
The first badge of the Bureau of Investigation was issued shortly after the organization was established in 1908.  In 1915, there were 219 agents who carried this badge as their only weapon against federal criminals, for they had not been authorized to carry firearms.

Shortly after J. Edgar Hoover was named director of the Bureau in 1924, the decision was made to adopt a new pattern for the Special Agent Badge.  Many designs were considered, and the pattern of the miniature shield crested by an eagle was the final selection.  These badges were first issued in May 1927.

In 1933, the Bureau’s title was changed to the Division of Investigation.  That same year, a conference of Special Agents in Charge was held in Washington, and they voted unanimously to retain the same style badge but to increase its size and have it cast with a slight curvature.  The badges modeled in this fashion were first issued in April 1934, but they were in use for less than two years.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was officially designated in 1935, and in July of that year, Special Agents throughout the Bureau exchanged their badges for the new issue.  The original FBI badges were numbered from 1 to 1000.  Many of these badges are still in use today.

Source:  FBI Recreation Association
FBI Badge (Mylar)
Variations:  2
RHS:  1632
Notes:  Version 1 has a cloth backing.  Version 2 was made by Gman Emblem.
FBI Badge
Variations:  1
RHS:  N/A
Notes:  Very old and made on a white felt background.  Possibly cut out from an armband in use in the same era.
FBI Badge (Leather)
Variations:  1
RHS:  N/A
Notes:  Made of leather.  Used as a coaster.
FBI Badge
Variations:  1
RHS:  1634
Notes:  Very old.  Made on a loom in use before computer digitized patches were made.
FBI Badge
Variations:  2
RHS:  N/A
Notes:  Variations are due to color differences only.
FBI Badge
Variations:  1
RHS:  N/A
Notes:  N/A
FBI Badge
Variations:  1
RHS:  N/A
Notes:  Made by Vicki White Enterprises.
FBI Badge
Variations:  6
RHS:  N/A
Notes:  Two variations have cloth backings and the lettering is black on one and tan on the other.  The other four variations have plastic backings.  One has black lettering, one has tan lettering, one is black subdued, and the last one is green subdued.
FBI Badge (Subdued)
Variations:  1
RHS:  1635
Notes:  Cloth Backing.
FBI Badge
Variations:  1
RHS:  N/A
Notes:  Velcro Backing.
FBI Badge
Variations:  4
RHS:  1992b
Notes:  Two color variations and two subdued variations.  One of each has a cloth backing and the initials of the designer, Dave Kolberson.  One of each also has a velcro backing.
FBI Badge
Variations:  3
RHS:  N/A
Notes:  Color, Gray subdued and green subdued versions.  All made by Gman Emblem.
FBI Bullion Badge
Variations:  1
RHS:  1633
Notes:  N/A
FBI Bullion Badge
Variations:  1
RHS:  N/A
Notes:  N/A
FBI Bullion Badge
Variations:  1
RHS:  N/A
Notes:  N/A
FBI Special Agent in Charge Bullion Badge
Variations:  1
RHS:  N/A
Notes:  N/A
FBI Badge
Variations:  1
RHS:  N/A
Notes:  Fantasy Patch.  Pawned off as being used by San Juan, Puerto Rico SWAT team, but it has been verified that this is untrue.
FBI Badge
Variations:  4
RHS:  N/A
Notes:  Color and Subdued versions, one set has plastic backs and the other has velcro backs.  Used by Tucson Resident Agency.  Made by Gman Emblem.
FBI Bullion Badge
Variations:  2
RHS:  N/A
Notes:  Variations are due to size only.
FBI Badge
Variations:  2
RHS:  1636 and 1637
Notes:  Raid Jacket patches made in 1995.  One version is 3" and one is 4".
FBI Bullion Badge
Variations:  2
RHS:  N/A
Notes:  One has gold background and other has silver background.