The badge consists of eight parts - bar pin, six ladder bars, and pendant. The brass and enamel bar pin is shaped like a decorative rectangle. Black enamel lettering on the bar pin reads, "T. H. FRANKLIN." Six plain ladder bars suspend from the bar pin with metal rings. Each bar has black enamel lettering. The first bar reads, "HOUSTON." The second bar reads, "MOBILE." The third bar reads, "NEW ORLEANS." The fourth bar reads, "PHILADELPHIA." The fifth bar reads, "GALVESTON." The sixth bar reads, "ROLL OF HONOR." A round brass and enamel pendant hangs from the bottom ladder bar. A raised ornamental shield rests on crossed rifles in the center of the pendant. A raised five-point star sits in the center of the shield with rays enamating from it. The shield is blue enamel. The crossed rifles rest on a circular band ring with the following lettering, "HOUSTON / LIGHT / GUARD / 1886." A small banner to the left and above the rifle butt reads, "HOUSTON." A second small banner to the right and above the other rifle's butt reads, "TEXAS." Small pieces of string peak out from under the pendant. The back of the badge rests against the backing of the frame and is therefore, not visible. This badge is part of a large framed collection (0985.7.135); the rest of the collection is enumerated separately (0985.7.135a- 0985.7.135k, 0985.7.135m-0985.7.135hh).