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#1 costa

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Posted 26 March 2017 - 05:07 PM

can any one tell me if this badge is early or later ww2 era. asking due to the drop in lock and never saw this logo type on back.

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#2 pfrost

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 09:57 AM

no way to tell, although I suspect that this is postwar GEMSCO hallmark style.

#3 Lee Ragan

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 11:56 AM

What are the dimensions of this badge?. The only ones I have seen that were pin back like this are smaller than the regular badge used on the service cap, which were screw back. The miniatures measure 7/8" wide x 1 1/4" tall. The old "Donkey Ears" hat badge was used from Dec. 1942 to Dec. 1953. FYI. No authorization was ever found for those miniature badges either.

#4 Kimo

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 06:40 PM

As Lee mentions this is a Civil Air Patrol badge worn by officers with the rank of Flight Officer or higher on their service hat.  This particular GEMSCO badge would be post-war - likely the early 1950s up until this design was phased out in December, 1953.  The war time ones were made by either of two companies - Robbins of Attleboro, Massachusetts or Green of Kansas City, Missouri.


What size are these?  The ones that were actually worn on the service hat are 2 and 1/2 inches high by 2 inches wide.  As Lee mentioned, you can also find smaller sized ones that measure 1 and 1/4 inches high by 7/8 inches wide.  These smaller sized ones were never worn on uniforms and were never officially authorized for wear.  

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