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  1. Made by Eastern Findings, New York, NY As a jewelry item, non-military.
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    CAP hat badge

    Designed by QM General War Dept Feb 13, 1942 Operation Directive March 17, 1942 Replaced by new badges 20 Dec 1948.
  3. AFR 45-11 11 Jan 1949 authorized this design as an Observer Wing based on CAP News Bulletin Vol IV, No 25, 24 August 1945.l First authorized by CAP Regulation 50-1, 20 December 1948.
  4. Actually SB is not Simon Brothers but rather Silverman Corp. The company was started by Archibald and Charles Silverman in the late 1890's. They started making military insignia in WWII and stopped around 1965. Simon Brothers was a jewelry company in Phily and never make any military insignia.
  5. Denmark - made for museum gift shops.
  6. Some of the post war Japanese Sendi badges use that pin assembly.
  7. Crest Craft - Cincinnati OH is the maker. They also had 14C. Still in business but no longer make any insignia.
  8. Iron & Russell provenance, RI Charles F. Irons established the business in 1861 making jewelry. Mr. Charles Russell started work as an errand boy in 1875 and worked his way up by hard work and continuing his education. In 1881 he became a partner and in 1893 the company name was changed to Iron & Russell. In 1968 the company was sold to S. Scarf, Inc. and is a division of Barrows Industries.
  9. The hollow back wing is a repro made by S&S Firearms.
  10. Oroid Usual spelling is o·ro·ide An alloy of copper, zinc, and tin, used in imitation gold jewelry. Copper - approx. 81 %, tin - approx. 15 %, zinc - approx. 5 % Sorry for not being on line for a while was out of the US. Paul
  11. Made by Historic Reproductions, Chicora, PA
  12. During the war the British Government badly needed money and the pound was backed by sterling silver - hence the term pound sterling. Sterling was extremely hard to come by and very little was given to manufacturers. Also pot metal was not common as it contained lead which also was badly needed. What was very common was brass, it was all over the place from shell casing and easy to buy and remelt. Most of the war time British insignia was brass and a very thing silver plate. Under British Law to sell an item as sterling it also had to be tested by a government assay office. The marks you see on the Firmin wing would indicate they were approved by the assay office. Every once in a while a Gaunt will show up with the three marks and those are also real sterling. The odds are any British wing just marked sterling was not made in the UK. The mark silver was used in India and the far east both during and after the war.
  13. How about a picture of the entire front and back.
  14. Simon Brothers is a fine jewelry manufacturer, 2438 E. Sergeant Street | P. O. Box 29400 | Philadelphia, PA 19125 | Phone 1-215-426-9901 | Fax 1-215-426-9952 and never made military insignia. I have attached their hallmark. SB hallmark was Silverman before the 2S when the company was called Silverman Brothers.
  15. Looking closely at the Kyoto and Sendi they look like they were made by the same manufacturer and just different city name in the back die. That is why I wanted to see a AKOI version. There is a metal stamping company called AKOI.
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