A Pinkerton detective agent badge.
This badge is a replica of the badges worn by members of the Pinkerton Detective Agency during the second half of the nineteenth century. The top of the badge bears the “all-seeing eye” with Pinkerton’s motto, “We Never Sleep,” below. The center of the badge reads “Pinkerton National Detective Agent” above “New York” in a cartouche. The Pinkerton Agency was established by Allen Pinkerton in 1850 and became famous for protecting President Lincoln during the Civil War.