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#26 BROBS

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 06:14 AM

Thank you for showing that info!  I always thought the wreath logo was later than that!

 

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 05:40 PM

No problem, and this kind of research is one of my strongest motivators for continuing to collect.  As for the trademark, I was frankly surprised too.  At this time I don't think Gemsco was marking much, if any, of their insignia.  Looking at post WWI Gemsco naval wings and, what I believe are early Gemsco submarine dolphins, none of them are hallmarked.  The fact that they state that they only supply dealers might be a good indication as to why.  Maybe the Gemsco wreath graced paperwork and cards that held insignia long before it became a metal hallmark. 

 

One of the most striking things about this is that almost no one on the internet got the actual company name right.  It's amazing the history we've lost in such a short amount of time. 

 

Josh



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 11:19 AM

For additional historic background on GEMSCO, the "American Hatter" issue of May 1922 noted the following:  GEMSCO is the successor to Walter Reib at 212 East 12th Street as manufacturers of emblems and military equipment.    Sarge Booker posted an earlier catalog from Walter Reib here:   http://www.usmilitar...list-number-11/


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 08:50 PM

Mean ACID TEST that badges made with gold ?



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 08:34 AM

gold plated.

 

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 07:04 PM

Here are six different hallmark designs by GEMSCO on parachute badges. My favorite is the upper left with the reverse arch design. I know that there are several more besides these including AGO G2 and G22 that were used by GEMSCO.

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 05:19 PM

Posting my LTC rank insignia marked Gemsco NY, AGO G2

 

 

 

 

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 05:20 PM

Additional photo

 

 

 

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Posted 08 November 2015 - 06:16 AM

Does anyone know if GEMSCO is still operating?  I live near New York City and I wanted to see if they have an archives that could provide information about some patches they made in the 1950s early 1960s.



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Posted 14 November 2015 - 01:22 PM

I believe they went out of business in 1992.

Try this link: http://www.trademark...co-71565485.htm

It shows approximately where they were back then. Also, here's a somewhat dated TESS trademark sheet on them.

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 12:57 PM

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 03:21 PM

Submarine Engineering Duty Officer (2nd type), circa 1953; GEMSCO A.G.O. G-2

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Posted 29 October 2016 - 04:41 PM

Here is an uncommon GEMSCO hallmarked basic parachute badge with the additional marking USMC SER 298. This production run was done for the US Marine Corps. Also shown is the GEMSCO hallmark and STERLING. This is a post WWII period badge most likely from the mid- 1950's to early 1960 time frame.

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 09:37 PM

No problem, and this kind of research is one of my strongest motivators for continuing to collect.  As for the trademark, I was frankly surprised too.  At this time I don't think Gemsco was marking much, if any, of their insignia.  Looking at post WWI Gemsco naval wings and, what I believe are early Gemsco submarine dolphins, none of them are hallmarked.  The fact that they state that they only supply dealers might be a good indication as to why.  Maybe the Gemsco wreath graced paperwork and cards that held insignia long before it became a metal hallmark. 

 

One of the most striking things about this is that almost no one on the internet got the actual company name right.  It's amazing the history we've lost in such a short amount of time. 

 

Josh

 

Here's a WWI era unpierced full size Naval Aviator badge with early Gemsco wreath hallmark...

 

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 06:14 AM

 

Here's a WWI era unpierced full size Naval Aviator badge with early Gemsco wreath hallmark...

 

 

Scarce find!  One of my predictions from my quoted post did come true; I've since added an earlier production GEMSCO mini dolphin on the original store card.  The card has the wreath logo, but the insignia are unmarked. 

 

From your experience collecting wings, how often do you find these early WWI to early post WWI era Aviator wings with hallmark vs the same pattern lacking the mark?  I'd have to guess the vast majority are unmarked?

 

 




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