Tombstone Sheriff Badge
shaped panel with inset letterforms
24 inch diameter
Jim Sweazy, 2013
is a Pop Art sized replica of Johnny
Behan's badge. The original badge was formed by hammering an old coin,
cutting and shaping it, then
using a nail or pick to tap in the needed letterforms. Makes a nice
addition to Cowboy Culture displays.
So why didn't Behan back the Earp's play at the OK Corral? Well, Behan
Democrat, and the Earp brothers were Republicans. At the time these
terms were not related to deadlocked political parties! Democrats
wanted stronger state control, and liked traditional agri-business,
such as farms and ranches. Republicans were in favor of more federal
power, and felt that the new-fangled industrialism was the economic
Behan, appointed by the governor of the territory in the Prescott
capitol and backed by ranch
owners around Tombstone, had no problem with the Cowboy's business of
cattle to feed the miners, in spite of the fact that most of the cattle
from northern Mexico. (Back in the day, being referred to as a "Cowboy"
was not a compliment.) The Earps were backed by the more well-to-do
townspeople, and owned a mine and several local businesses. They
increased their power by becoming federal marshals.
Add to all that the fact that Sadie Marcus, described by Bat
Masterson as the “belle
of the honkytonks, the prettiest dame in three hundred or so of her
sly reference to her work as a prostitute),
had left Johnny Behan and was then cavorting with Wyatt Earp (later to
Wyatt's common law wife for 46 years), and there you go.
This is the second version in a series.
Custom sizing is available.