are the various metal insignia worn and carried by Game Wardens and Conservation
Officers in BC. Breast badges are not commonly worn in Canada, so
the badges depicted are either wallet/pocket badges or hat badges.
Although I have a complete collection of all the insignia used from the
1950's until now, I borrowed and photographed several of the old badges
from two other collections.
This badge is believed to have been used in the late 1800's before the formation of an actual Game Department in 1905.
From 1905 to 1918 there was only one actual Provincial Game Warden who had a host of Deputies. Many were not paid and were called Honorary Deputies. Badges #1 to 50 were produced in 1905. Hallmark – Tower & Lyon, NY
Badge #39 was issued to Arthur P. Cummins of Chilliwack in 1907. He has the distiction of being the one of only two Deputies who continued their service with the Provincial Police in 1918 and became a Game Warden in 1929.
Badges #51-77 (plus three Provincial Game and Forest Warden badges for A. Bryan Williams) were produced in 1908. Hallmark – Tower & Lyon, NY. Below is an artist's rendition of what Williams' badge would have looked like based on the design of the Deputy badges.
Badges # 78 - 105 (plus 2 Prov. Game Warden) were produced in 1909. Hallmark – Tower & Lyon, NY. No badges numbered 106-199 are known to exist and no records exist to indicate these numbers were ever issued.
Badges #200 - 224 were produced in 1911 and came in two different shapes, both shield variations. They were fairly thin, stamped badges. Hallmark – Bagley & Sons, Vancouver.
#225 - #250 were produced in 1914 and have no hallmark.
Badges #251 - 262 were
produced in late 1914 and were the last of the Deputy badges. They have
no hallmark but records suggest they were produced by Vancouver Stencil Company. As there were only 12 of them made, they are the rarest. Number 251 was issued to Harry Blurton in Vernon to replace his original badge #75 which was lost. A thirteenth badge in this design was then made, bearing number 75, and was issued to Blurton. Either badge #75 would be a rare find indeed!! The records of exactly who the remainder of the badges were issued to are non-existent. The picture below is of an actual badge from this series that was found in a garden in Victoria, rusted almost beyond repair. Re-plating it was not an option and it has been partially restored for display purposes using expoxy.
From 1918 to 1929 game management was overseen by the Game Conservation Board and enforcement was carried out by the BC Provincial Police. The Superintendent of the Police was also the Chief Game Warden and the Chief Game Inspector reported to him.
The Game Inspector and Member badges are very likely the only ones of their kind - they are not in my collection.
In 1929 the Game Commission
became a separate entity from the BC Police. The badge and uniform
was very similar with some small differences. The brass items were
worn on the collar, epaullette and cap.
Cap badges from 1957 to 1979, and the wallet badge used from 1962 to 1979.
In 1980 the color of the uniform was changed to blue and gray and all badges were now silver. Below are all the cap and wallet badges issued until the present day. The gold badge is worn on the cap of the Chief Conservation Officer.
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