Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2018.34.13
Dimensions: 2 in X 1 ⅜ in X 1/8 in
Dimensions (Metric): 5.08 cm X 2.54 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of National U.S. Customs Museum Foundation
U.S. Customs Department of Treasury "Special Agent" uniform badge. The golden badge features an eagle forming the top and with gold-colored text below on a blue enamel background that reads: "U.S. CUSTOMS | THE DEPARTMENT OF THE | TREASURY." In the badge’s center is the Department of Treasury seal depicting balancing scales, a key, and a chevron with 13 stars. Around the seal is text: "THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY 1789." Below the seal is a banner with text: "SPECIAL AGENT."
In the early 1960s, Robert Fischler began his career at the New York division of the United States Customs Service (later renamed U.S. Customs and Border Protection). His first job with Customs was as a waterfront patrol officer. He later became an inspector, operating out of John F. Kennedy International Airport. Fischler held this position for the majority of his decades-long career. In this role, he oversaw all inspectional activity pertaining to travelers and commercial transport into the New York/New Jersey region, and implemented new procedures to ensure domestic security and uphold trade regulations. Approximately three years prior to his retirement in the early 1990s, he became Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner of Inspection and Control for the agency. His office base moved to lower Manhattan and into the U.S. Custom House at 6 World Trade Center.