Trinkets

Elvis Presley loved to collect sheriff’s badges wherever he went. Peter Guralnick detailed the best case of this in his book Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley. Elvis arranged to meet Richard Nixon in the White House in December 1970 so he could get a badge meant to signify (in Elvis’s mind) that he was an official undercover agent for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. 

After getting his badge, Elvis got his friends, Sonny and Jerry, to also step into the Oval Office to meet the President. Nixon gave them tie clasps and cuff links with the presidential seal. 

“‘You know, they’ve got wives, too,’ Elvis reminded the President, and together he and Richard Nixon rummaged through the President’s desk drawer for suitable presents for the wives."