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#1 bobgee

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 05:18 PM

Here's a strange bird that I've owned for many years. Weird looking, beautifully die-stuck screw-post bronze EGA. It measures 1 3/4' tall and 1 1/2" from wing tip to tip. It looks too ungainly to be a sweetheart pin but maybe that's what it was intended for. But why a screwpost? Anybody seen one of these before? All comments welcome.
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#2 Bob Hudson

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 05:24 PM

Could it have been used on a older version of the NCO belt buckle? Those have screwback EGA's:

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 05:35 PM

Could it have been used on a older version of the NCO belt buckle? Those have screwback EGA's:

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Good point. I hadn't thought of that.
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 11:15 PM

Bob,

I'm fairly certain these were strictly "sweetheart" emblems from the WWII period. It looks like someone added the screw post to yours sometime during WWII or later? The steel roller is what's found on Econo Plastic and Econo-Lead Army EM visor emblems and Econo-Lead Marine emblems of that period. At one time, I also had an identical emblem that was gold washed with silver highlights over a sterling base emblem with pin back that I either sold or traded off.

Here is an identical piece, without the added screw post.

s/f, Gary

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Posted 18 July 2007 - 04:49 AM

Bob,

I'm fairly certain these were strictly "sweetheart" emblems from the WWII period. It looks like someone added the screw post to yours sometime during WWII or later? The steel roller is what's found on Econo Plastic and Econo-Lead Army EM visor emblems and Econo-Lead Marine emblems of that period. At one time, I also had an identical emblem that was gold washed with silver highlights over a sterling base emblem with pin back that I either sold or traded off.

Here is an identical piece, without the added screw post.

s/f, Gary


Thanks Gary
Seeing yours without any pin or other means to attach suggests that these were struck and intended to be affixed to something else, non-reg of course but weren't. Maybe someone has one finished and commercially attached to something.
S/F.........Bob

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 03:32 PM

Picked this up today. Can any of you all help me date it? Thanks.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 03:42 PM

Looks like a sweetheart piece.Maybe pre WW2

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 04:26 PM

It's hard to tell with those photos: I've cleaned them up a bit, but I can't tell if they globe flat or domed.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 04:59 AM

You pin is one many "sweetheart" emblems made over the past century. Here is a pinned thread w/ similar example, at this link: http://www.usmilitar...?showtopic=7672

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