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#26 Allan H.

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 06:52 PM

Dan,

 

I think you might have something there. I don't think the grey was ever applied to the DUI. It was obviously worn though!

 

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#27 VMI88

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 04:50 AM

Hi Allen, thanks for your reply.  I was wondering if the grey enamel was broken out or gone.  It seems strange that all of it would be gone as opposed to just parts of it.  Maybe it’s a manufacturer’s error?  
 

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Dan

I think you're right.  There are four separate sections where there would normally be gray enamel, and they're the only places where enamel is missing.  It appears to have just been made that way.



#28 everforward

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 12:12 PM

IMO this new addition is from the 50s-era VARNG, similar to the one in the pic I posted of the crest attached to the Ridgeway cap.

 

FWIW, the repros currently being sold by George Petersen also have no grey enamel in the cross, they are also bare brass and lacquered.



#29 Allan H.

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 01:36 PM

While this could be a post war piece, the square look of the catch makes me think that it is more likely WWII vintage. The catch looks much like the first example that started the thread.

 

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