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#76 jmar

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 01:43 PM

My thanks to each and every one of my fellow Forum members that have added to this thread. It has been a joy to see so many variations, some quite rare! I never thought there would be much interest in this subject when I first posted, please continue to add and preserve for future generations this aspect of the history of our honored Vets! God bless all who have served and who currently serve.

 

My best to you all!

 

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 03:35 PM

The most unworn badge in history. I have never seen a WW2 vet ever wear one .

 

 

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Typical exception, I suppose - but, I have a photo of my father wearing his on a civilian suit lapel for his 1946 University of Missouri class picture.



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Posted 26 December 2016 - 03:39 PM

I think they were worn quite a bit on the years after the war. I've seen photos and read about them often. There's a lot of mention of them in yank magazine and the best years of our lives etc.
I don't think they were meant to be worn decades later

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 09:15 AM

 

The pin back versions are for females. Harder to find than the standard button hole version. 

 

Gary B

Gary, what's your source for the pinback ducks being for women?  Was just curious, as like I said, I've developed a newfound fascination with these.... The three that arrived today included a plated sterling pinback, an unmarked screwback and a gold-filled screwback.  All for $3 shipped!



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Posted 27 December 2016 - 10:57 AM

Gary, what's your source for the pinback ducks being for women?  Was just curious, as like I said, I've developed a newfound fascination with these.... The three that arrived today included a plated sterling pinback, an unmarked screwback and a gold-filled screwback.  All for $3 shipped!

Typically, if memory serves, women's jackets did not have buttons/buttonholes on the lapels.



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Posted 27 December 2016 - 11:15 AM

Brig is correct.  Women's jackets did not have a lapel slot for a button so their insignia were pinbacks.  Also note that the WAVE, WAC & SPAR insignia (for women) are all pin back.

 

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 11:28 AM

I appreciate that. If it would be of interest, I'll post mine. I have two normal button backed ones that belonged to a 30th Div man, but these new ones seem like their quality is at a higher level overall. Just cool to see the differences.

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 03:44 PM

Sure post yours!

 

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 11:32 AM

Here are mine.  The three on the left are the first assortment that I got.  On top is a screwback, a woman's sterling pinback is below, and the bottom one is a nice sterling/gold-filled piece.  The dark and worn one in the center arrived today, and is a potmetal button-back missing much of its finish.  The three toward the right are a grouping, and while the name is gone, I will try to at least keep them together.  Pretty standard duck there, and the Navy Reserve is blackened, in contrast to the bronze colored Navy Reserve insignia to their right.

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#85 Garandomatic

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 11:33 AM

The backs:

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 02:29 PM

Hello everyone!

 

I'm so pleased to see the continued interest on this topic. I've really enjoyed checking in and see some fine examples posted by other members.

 

I've added some new pieces in my collection. I do hope I'm not off topic in this thread for this first post, but I thought it was appropriate to share information on this device.

 

First up is an oversized postal cover featuring the Honorable Service Lapel device, and the following two images are (finally) a 10K gold screw-back example. I'm very happy to have finally obtained an example of this variation, which shows it was certainly something that was proudly worn on those who served!

 

Thank you all again!

 

Best wishes,

 

Joe

 

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 02:29 PM

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 02:30 PM

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 05:26 AM

Here's one I didnt see posted "Waves"

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 07:07 AM

Wave items are hard to find, good one!

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 06:29 PM

What is the bottom one in the box? Years ago, an Army?Navy store was closing in Philadelphia and they let me scrounge around the basement. I found, and bought, almost 2,000 of these in Sterling on the original cards.



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Posted 22 May 2019 - 05:06 PM

Good to see this back up. I'm giving a few of my seniors a "ruptured duck" for graduating this year.  Made my 20th Century Conflict class a living hell because to them, it was a hang out period with their favorite teacher, and I wanted to genuinely get stuff done, but they're really, really good kids regardless.  



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Posted 22 May 2019 - 05:44 PM

Great to see this revived...I have gotten a general interest in lapel buttons lately, so timing is great




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