Postal inspector chest badge
U.S. Postal Inspection Service chest badge, number 687, with vertical hinged pin and safety clasp on verso. Gold shield with spread eagle pediment surmounting raised crest with United States Post Office emblem. Upper portion of shield marked "INSPECTOR" on raised banner.
Although it is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the country, the Postal Inspection Service did not issue badges until the 1900s. The miniature shield badge, like the one shown, was issued to inspectors after 1973. Unlike the 'raid' badge, it would mount in or on a credential case along with the inspector's identification card.