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Posted 27 April 2017 - 08:03 AM

You've got me scratching my head with that one Joe. Is it heavy enough to be a master die? Is it carved or stamped?
 
Here's a recent bullion purchase of mine. Notice how there isn't a trigger guard, just sort of a sling.


Hi rd12!

The brass plate is stamped, but I don't think a badge manufacturing die would be made of brass. Probably it would be too malleable. That's why I thought perhaps it was a printing or embossing die. But, yeah, I'm stumped, too.

As for your bullion CIB: it's definitely unique! On the one hand the musket lacks most of the expected traditional details; and on the other hand the badge looks almost futuristic. Cool score, sir!

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 07:56 AM

Here's a nice one I recently acquired; Japanese hand embroidered. Still sewn on khaki shirt.

 

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 09:27 AM

Man, that's a beauty, Bob!

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 09:55 AM

 
You've got me scratching my head with that one Joe. Is it heavy enough to be a master die? Is it carved or stamped?
 
Here's a recent bullion purchase of mine. Notice how there isn't a trigger guard, just sort of a sling.
 
 
 

Nice bullion one, I almost snagged that one. Glad you got it. Definitely a unique musket

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 04:09 AM

Silver bullion on blue cloth:

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Probably for a dress blue uniform. Interestingly, as noted, the front of the badge has silver bullion ... but the back has gold colored thread.

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 03:46 PM

Nice find Joe, dress blue uniform or possible for Air Force vet with prior Army service.



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Posted 14 May 2017 - 04:04 PM

Nice find Joe, dress blue uniform or possible for Air Force vet with prior Army service.


Hadn't thought of the prior Army/now AF vet ... but, yes, that's a possibility, too. Thanks for telling me of that option, Bob!

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 08:08 AM

Here's what I picked up at the West Coast Militaria Show in Pomona last weekend. It was a great show with quite a few CIBs being sold, I had to leave some beauties behind! First up are two nice bullion examples;

 

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 08:09 AM

Here's a theater made badge still sewn on a DCU top;

 

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 08:10 AM

And lastly a Korean made badge sewn on a 1st pattern jungle jacket;

 

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 08:37 AM

Nice one, Bob. I think I worn that black and gold style "U.S. Army" patch when I first went in (1966). At some point, ~1967, we switched over to the black lettering on Olive Drab version.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 02:00 PM

Here's a made-in-Vietnam sand cast 2nd Award CIB:

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The construction is very similar to that shown in an earlier set of postings, #983 to #986, in this CIB Thread.

Edited by Cobra 6 Actual, 18 May 2017 - 02:01 PM.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 03:05 PM

Here's a made-in-Vietnam sand cast 2nd Award CIB:
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The construction is very similar to that shown in an earlier set of postings, #983 to #986, in this CIB Thread.



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Posted 18 May 2017 - 03:13 PM

Thanks, Firefighter! It's 'butt ugly' but, at the same time, representative of the low quality 'goodies' that could be bought in any Vietnamese ville back then.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 08:02 PM

Very cool Joe, you see these pop up every so often but not with a star! Great find.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:59 AM

Very cool Joe, you see these pop up every so often but not with a star! Great find.


Thanks, Bob. I don't think that in any other war were theater-made CIBs done so crudely. For example, even the current ones coming out of Afghanistan (usually with the lapis lazuli as the blue background) are much better quality.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:11 AM

Thanks, Firefighter! It's 'butt ugly' but, at the same time, representative of the low quality 'goodies' that could be bought in any Vietnamese ville back then.


Ugly but Pretty. Pretty scarce to see a 2nd award CIB that is theater made.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:29 AM

Thanks, Firefighter! It's 'butt ugly' but, at the same time, representative of the low quality 'goodies' that could be bought in any Vietnamese ville back then.


Ugly but Pretty. Pretty scarce to see a 2nd award CIB that is theater made.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 02:14 PM

Ugly but Pretty. Pretty scarce to see a 2nd award CIB that is theater made.


Yep, you are right, Firefighter. Also, I remember an earlier discussion about why someone would wear something this crude. But, the reality was that the Exchange System couldn't keep up with demand. For me in 1968-1969, being in an Infantry Platoon ... and, in an Infantry Company; and, in an Infantry Battalion ... and so on ... there were literally thousands of guys (remember, a full strength Infantry Division would have 15,000 troops ... not all grunts, but still a heckofalot were) that needed CIBs. So, we bought what was available.


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