This brass CROSSING WATCHMAN badge was made for mounting on the cap of a railroad employee who would stand at a traffic crossing to warn vehicles of approaching trains. It dates from the earlier days of automobile traffic, before automatic lights and signals replaced the human guards.
This badge is solid brass with what appears to be original black enamel fill in the lettering. It appears to be "New Old Stock" with no signs of use and no metal damage.
IMPORTANT: Guaranteeing authenticity, on the back is the stamped hallmark of the American Railway Supply Company. Founded in 1891 in New York, they manufactured a variety of metal items for railroads including cap badges like this one. They went out of business in the later 1920s, succeeded by the Clover Company.
SIZE is 3 inches long by .75 inch wide, with just the occupation and no railroad name. "Generic" badges like this often were used by smaller rail companies, especially electric or trolley lines, which often worked on tight budgets and did not afford larger, more ornate or personalized equipment.
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