This good flagman's hat badge was used by an employee of the Lackawanna Railroad -- the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western. "Flagman" is a bit more difficult to find than some other job titles.
This badge is in very good used condition. It retains the original arc shape, made to be mounted on the front of the railway employee's uniform hat. There are no bends or twists.This badge has a very nice patina and color. The cleanly stamped raised letters show clearly against the pebbled background. You can see a pale "halo" around each hole where the brass fasteners left use marks from service, documenting its authenticity.
We did not find a maker mark on this.
The only issue we can see is there are a few surface spots/stains here and there. IMPORTANT: Our huge computer enlargements make them look far larger than they are -- they are not readily seen in real life. ON THE BACK some of the spots do go into the SURFACE. We have NOT attempted to remove this other than using soap and water. (We do NOT "clean" our metal relics.)
According to Wikipedia: The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company (DL&W or Lackawanna Railroad) was a U.S. Class 1 railroad that connected Buffalo, New York, and Hoboken, New Jersey, a distance of about 400 miles, with trackage in the surrounding areas, serving Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Headquartered in New York City, it operated from 1853 until 1960. The Lackawanna was profitable until the early 1900s when declining coal traffic and increased competition from the trucking industry began to hurt its business. Finally in 1960, the DL&W merged with rival Erie Railroad to form the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, also known as the E-L.
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