In the wild west of the mid-19th century, peace officers often made their own badges out of whatever piece of scrap metal they could find. These tin stars, as they were known, were precursors to more substantial badges made by local blacksmiths, which were followed by stock badges sold by badge manufacturers. Shapes include pierced stars set within a shield or circle, and five- or six-pointed stars (with or without balled tips).

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