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#1 Marksman

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 11:56 PM

Got this USAF Enlistet Hat Badge - it has no makersmark on it

 

Maybe someone here knows the period and the maker of this hat badge.

 

 

 

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 11:56 PM

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 11:57 PM

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 12:35 AM

I think its made in late 1940s or in 1950s, Im sure its post WWII


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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:35 AM

Probably 1950s.



#6 Lee Ragan

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 03:37 AM

It could be anywhere from the late 40's to the early 90's. Millions of these things were produced.



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Posted 07 June 2014 - 05:18 AM

Does that have traces of a gold finish on the front? If so, it's one of the very first cap badges used after the USAF was created in the 1947. If not gold-toned, then it's darn near impossible to date other than "after October 1952."



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Posted 08 June 2014 - 01:27 AM

Thanks all - yes I thought that would be hatd to date them - thanks for trying it!

 

No the badge has only the remains of some kind of coating on the front - which apeers to be golden (maybe thru aging)



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Posted 08 June 2014 - 06:41 AM

As mentioned, near imposible to tell, only those really with manufacturer hallmark codes would it be possible to narrow a time period down.

 

As my own personal question for other members, where these Silver EM AF cap devices and by extension the collar discs ever come Sterling back in the 50s-60s?



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Posted 08 June 2014 - 12:29 PM

 

 

As my own personal question for other members, where these Silver EM AF cap devices and by extension the collar discs ever come Sterling back in the 50s-60s?

 

I've seen hundreds of these hat and collar badges over the years and don't recall ever having seen any marked as sterling. That doesn't mean they don't exist, but the regulation finish was supposed to be "oxidized silver", so why bother making them out of sterling?



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Posted 08 June 2014 - 04:25 PM

 

I've seen hundreds of these hat and collar badges over the years and don't recall ever having seen any marked as sterling. That doesn't mean they don't exist, but the regulation finish was supposed to be "oxidized silver", so why bother making them out of sterling?

Thank You Lee for your first hand knowledge.




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