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#1 nuts121944

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 10:02 PM

Hi everyone,

 

Can anyone help me date this cap badge? I picked it up recently and it has beautiful detail. The prongs on the back are what have me stumped as there is no screw-back or prongs anywhere else on the eagle. It's thin but solid. I'm thinking maybe inter-war period? Maybe earlier? I'm not sure when this particular style of badge started to be issued. Thanks in advance for your help!

 

Best Regards,

Nick

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#2 KurtA

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 01:50 AM

I can't tell you exactly what it's for, but I don't believe it is for a US Army or USAAF officer's cap.  Mainly due to the design - notice how the clutched arrows and branches extend out well beyond the eagle feathers. That gives it a totally different "look" from a cap badge.   And the double prong attachment doesn't make me think it was for an officer's cap. 



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 05:17 AM

Yeah, it's quite flat as well...Doesn't have prongs either to keep from rotating...Not sure what it would be for, military academy perhaps?....Bodes

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 05:21 AM

Yeah, it's quite flat as well...Doesn't have prongs either to keep from rotating...Not sure what it would be for, military academy perhaps?....Bodes


Foreign made?....Movie prop?....Bodes

#5 Alex Boban

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 06:56 AM

I think it is a sweatheart piece. Below is a women brooch with a very similar badge.

 

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#6 nuts121944

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 01:41 PM

Sorry, I should have also included the measurements for reference. It measures 2 1/4 inches tall by 2 inches wingtip to wingtip. It seems like that would be rather large and heavy to be a sweetheart item. Bodes, I was also thinking that it might be foreign made of some kind. Although there aren't any maker marks on it. Thanks so much for all your help guys. If anyone else has any opinions, I would love to hear them!

Best Regards,

Nick



#7 nuts121944

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 01:44 PM

Here's another one for you out of the same grouping. I believe this one to be post-1947 since it is silver, but it is an interesting build and appears to be frosted sterling though it isn't maker-marked or stamped sterling on the back. The pin mount and catch make me think definitely more sweetheart of jewelry piece for this one. It measures 2 1/8 inches tall by 2 inches wide. What do you guys think?

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Nick

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#8 Alex Boban

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 06:37 PM

The brooch posted previously measures 2 3/4in in diameter and was fairly heavy as I recall.



#9 nuts121944

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 06:28 AM

Very interesting Alex. Thanks so much for posting that. Do you know what period that brooch was from? Was it WW2 or inter-war?

Best Regards,

Nick



#10 Alex Boban

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 06:36 AM

Hi Nick,

 

I received this brooch with several other WWII-era insignia.




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