Sheriff's badges have a long history that goes back to medieval times, when knights would wear their coat of arms as a symbol of authority. ... Sheriff badges are typically meant to be worn by those that are of the highest moral caliber and are essentially incorruptible.
While badges were not worn by vigilantes of the old west, in fact discretion was of the utmost priority. Remaining silent and vigilant to the towns activity was paramount.
The Silent Riders badge is worn with pride, designed with elements from badges worn back in the days of the Old West, the six pointed star with a circle surrounding it, is synonymous with Law, Order and doing what's right. Today, The Silent Riders wear their badges so they can stand out in a crowd and the two jewels on each side help do just that!
Many folks get this confused with the red sashes worn by the "Cowboys" in the movie Tombstone, which meant trouble, however, the Silent Riders ribbon means just the opposite!
It Is rumored that the original "RED RIBBON" was actually a RED notice that the Virginia City Vigilantes left on any reprobates door giving them 24 hours (or less) to leave town or face the consequences for not doing so, usually by a hanging or gunshot death somewhere far from town, where no one could see...or hear.
Today, if you see a RED RIBBON tied on a pole outside of a business or on a bar door handle, thats an invitation to come in and say hello, have a drink with us, and we will regale you with stories of days gone by, history, vigilantes and everything else that is..... Virginia City.