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#1 mds308

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 12:03 PM

I started buying and selling collectibles around 1990 but eventually, I decided to keep the better badges.  Like we all say, "I wish I wouldn't have sold that one." Here are some pieces of my current collection.

 

The first badge is an N.S.A. breast and hat badge. I found this set at an estate sale approximately 20 years ago.  I have been unable to get any information on this set.  I know the NSA started in 1952.  The set looks to be from around that period.  Was this National Security Agency or something else?  Any help would be appreciated.

 

I will show more government, military police and fire stuff from my collection.  Thanks

 

 

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 03:41 PM

I found these two Blackinton badges this year about 2 months apart.  I rarely see them turn up still in their package.  I believe the USN Fire Marshal badge is a pinch older.  There is no Website shown on this Blackinton package.  

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 10:09 AM

NSA is probably Naval Support Activity

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Posted 22 December 2019 - 05:22 PM

Thanks for the lead firefighter. 

 

Here are two more badges for show.  These Department of Defense badges seem to be pretty common.  I guess it depends on how they're stamped.  I have one from Norfolk Naval Base and a blank one, possibly never issued.  I'll show more soon.  Thanks.

 

 

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 11:23 AM

Concerning the first badge shown: If you remove the clutch fastener at the top of the badge and look on the inside of the fastener, that can give you an idea of when this badge may have been produced/used. If the fastener was replaced or added later, then of course it wouldn't help. But being from an estate, it could be the original fastener.

Concerning the DOD Police Badge: It says LI-GI on the back (Lordship Industries), so it is 1970's or newer.



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Posted 23 December 2019 - 01:44 PM

Reforger, if you're referring to the clutch back, those are interchangable.  Not the best way to date a badge.  The clutch back is marked: BALLOU REG'D

 

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 05:17 AM

Yeah, they are interchangeable. But you said the badges are from an estate, so there is a chance the clutch fastener is correct. I've come across some insignia from estates and they still had the original/period fasteners with them. So it can help with dating. A Ballou Reg'd fastener would place the badge after 1955 assuming it came with that fastener.



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Posted 24 December 2019 - 07:28 AM

Thanks again Reforger.  The estate belonged to a navy pilot.  The badges may have belonged to his father/father-in-law.  I remember buying desk models and other pilot related items all from the 1960s.  This was almost 20 years ago and the badges are the only remaining items I purchased from his estate.  Naval Support Activities makes more sense than the National Security Agency.



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Posted 24 December 2019 - 07:33 AM

I was hoping others would show some of their badges too.  Here's one of my MAA badges.  It doesn't give a location for the Dental Clinic but it may have come from Norfolk, VA.

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Posted 30 December 2019 - 08:21 AM

Here's one from the Norfolk Naval Ship Yard.  It came from the estate of a man who worked at this shipyard and retired as the police captain.  I'm guessing family kept his captains badge.  

 

 

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 05:16 PM

Hat badge from Fort Lee Fire Department.  Captain's badge from the Hook & Ladder Company No.3.

 

 

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