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GEMSCO AGO G2 When used and what meaning?

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#1 triplecanopy

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 06:24 AM

Fellow collectors, I am on a quest to determine when GEMSCO used the hallmark GEMSCO AGO G2 on their insignia. We have all seen these markings on numerous badges. Curiously I have never seen just G2 used by itself which should be correct for GEMSCO in the 1960-1965 timeframe. Also GEMSCO used G22 after 1965 and examples of that marking are numerous. G2 always seems to be proceeded by GEMSCO AGO. Some have placed this marking on badges that date to the early 1950’s.

 

The name GEMSCO goes back to the 19th Century originally located in New York.

GEMSCO was an abbreviation for General Embroidery & Military Supply Company . Their hallmark was a wreath surrounding the name, GEMSCO.  As far as I can tell that is the earliest hallmark for this company. That symbol continued to be used on papers and cards up until the time they went out of business. Other hallmarks used were GEMSCO N.Y. and GEMSCO STERLING. These are seen on WWII period insignia. Sometime after WWII GEMSCO began using GEMSCO AGO G2 as their hallmark on some insignia. Oddly GEMSCO AGO G2 and STERLING are rarely seen together on the same badge. I have only seen one example and that is on a Navy Parachute Rigger badge.

 

I have two questions:

 

  1. What does AGO mean?  Some have suggested Army General Order. Another one is Adjutant General’s Office. And lastly perhaps a combination of business mergers like Amico, GEMSCO and Orber?  The last is just a guess. So what does AGO really stand for?
  2. When was the hallmark GEMSCO AGO G2 used? It looks to me that it was well before 1960 and could have been used as far back as the early 1950’s.

 

GEMSCO was a prolific manufacturer of insignia. So some of you collectors out there may be able to shed some light on this issue.

 

 

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 06:26 AM

Navy Parachute Rigger badges with GEMSCO AGO G2. Note the upper right set also has STERLING stamped on the badge.

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 06:37 AM

I know that one of these badges is not "Wings", but staying on topic, the marksmanship badge is shown here to illustrate the GEMSCO AGO G-2 markings along with GEMSCO N.Y.    The G22 Sterling on the parachute badge is a later hallmark used by GEMSCO. BTW, I asked this question about GEMSCO AGO G2 in the Hallmark Forum and got no response, so I am trying a more active Forum for your reply.

 

Thanks.

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 02:08 PM

I always wondered about what "AGO" stands for. I hope someone will solve this little mystery!

 

This is a shirt-size Command Pilot Wing with long pins (late 1950's - early 1960's?) and "GEMSCO-AMICO" double hallmark. They have also a "Sterling" marking, even if not very visible.

 

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 07:29 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing what AGO G-2 hallmark info might be unearthed with this thread?  I think the lack of responses so far is not indicative of a lack of interest in the topic, but rather an indication of how little is known about this early postwar marking...



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Posted 17 June 2017 - 10:21 AM

Post war - 1950's transition Flight Surgeon wing?  With this "AGO G2" mark, I have more questions than answers... 

 

One of the main responsibilities of the "Adjutant General's Office" (A.G.O.) is/was record keeping and accountability. It stands reason the "A.G.O. G-2" mark may be related to that office?   

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 12:29 PM

Here is another example, USAF Senior Pilot's wings, hallmarked GEMSCO AGO G2 and also marked sterling. I see there is a lot of interest in this subject, but not many answers to the questions. Without any facts, I am somewhat reluctant to offer an opinion. However it appears to me that the hallmark GEMSCO AGO G2 was used from the early 1950's to the early 1960's. I base this on observations of numerous badges to include wings, DI's (some long obsolete)  and other insignia that I have actually seen. Many have the older broach style pin backs that were pretty much phased out in the 1950's. That to me brackets the time of use of this hallmark from right after WWII to around 1960, maybe a bit later. That is my guess based on what I have actually seen on numerous insignia. Just a guess. Any other opinions?

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