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    The great state of Georgia, USA
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    US and worldwide parachute insignia, badges and wings.
    I am especially interested in older US parachute badges that are maker marked. Also USAF 1956-1963 shield shaped parachute badges.

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  1. I agree that makes sense for the flight wings and you are probably right, but the shirt size EIB and CIB's are all different patterns with the same number. I suppose that Assmann had some reason for doing double numbers. Anyway, they are an interesting maker who made very high quality insignia.
  2. Here are two examples of Assmann 2 inch or shirt size flight wings. Top is Command Pilot numbered 340 and below is the 2 inch bombardier numbered 345/346. I have never understood why Assmann used double numbers on some badges. Anyone know?
  3. Post WWII US Insignia and Assmann & Sohne Catalog Numbers: All have a letter “A” with extended crossbar and a number: Expert Infantryman Badge 190 ½ size EIB 193/195 Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award 191 Combat Infantryman Badge 2nd Award 192 ½ size CIB’s both 1st & 2nd Awards 193/95 Basic Parachutist Badge 265 Senior Parachutist B
  4. Both great wings! That is a very nice serial numbered French parachute badge with the DRAGO Romainvile address. 'Reproduction Interdite' means reproduction Forbidden! I believe that badge is from the 1950's time frame.
  5. I suspect that the wings from Guatemala are real silver and are probably marked "JOYAS LISCUTIN Guatemala 925" on the back. That is the marking of the jeweler who made them. The large French wings may have DRAGO Paris on the back (or another maker). It would be interesting to know if they are serial numbered as that adds some personal significance (and value). Also you might contact the Army Parachute Team at Fort Bragg, NC 28307 and see if they have any clue as to whom these might have belonged to if you don't know. They keep pretty good records.
  6. I would speculate that what you have in this grouping is from a Golden Knight's experience and souvenirs from a World Parachute Meet. The date is unknown, but most likely after 1971. There are parachute badges from: France, Guatemala, Poland, Germany, USSR, Romania and the USA. With a little research, you might be able to determine where the meet was held and who this grouping belonged to. It looks like from the USPA wings, he had made 3000 jumps (USPA Gold wings with double diamonds). The USPA pin with the ruby is also special, but I can't recall the meaning. Also on the pennant are the USPA
  7. The oval is for the Golden Knights, The US Army Parachute Demonstration Team.
  8. While not I'm not 100% positive, It looks like it could be Indonesia Army basic Parachute wings with a combat jump (star). It is not US and the only other country that comes close is Honduras. My vote would be Indonesia.
  9. G23 is the IOH designation for Ira Green (no E on the end). These are recent manufacture and no silver content. I imagine that they are made of a zinc alloy of some sort.
  10. Most interesting and informative. Thanks Dennis. Your insight on these badges is much appreciated. I learned a lot. Glad to know my Antaya's are the real deal.
  11. I took another look at the other Silver SEAL Tridents that I have and see that one is marked M-22 N which is the IOH number for NS Meyer. That may also be a later strike as that IOH number was the last used by NS Meyer before they went out of business. It may be out of the date range for authentic military issue examples. I don't know about that. Perhaps TONOMACHI or another collector can comment.
  12. K21 is a KREW IOH number. I do not know about K22. The N is a Navy contract designation that you often see on Vanguard marked badges. I see that another respected collector has offered his advice about your silver KREW trident. I would certainly keep that in mind. KREW was a military insignia maker and I personally did not know that they made any reproductions, but it is certainly possible. My silver SEAL trident is marked ANTAYA 1/20th SF.
  13. The UDT badges and Silver SEAL Tridents were only officially worn a short time if I recall. I was at Little Creek in 1972 and did six weeks of training with SEAL Team 2. I was most impressed by the fact that the Navy back then had a Special Warfare Career Field . The Army did not. The Army finally recognized Special Forces as a Career Branch in 1987. It took them a while to appreciate the need for Special Ops. Anyway, I recall seeing a number of the older UDT badges still being worn as well as the silver SEAL Tridents by the members of SEAL Team 2. The SEALs had some cool toys even back then.
  14. D22 is Denmark's Military Supply - New York V21 is Vanguard (still in business and make insignia for all services). KREW was also a Militray Insignia maker in Attleboro, Mass. They are no longer in business. BTW, The Silver colored trident was originally for enlisted SEAL's. This tradition goes back to the UDT Underwater Demolition Teams (Navy's original Frogmen) They had gold for officers and silver for enlisted. The UDT badge is now obsolete, but they added the Eagle to the UDT badge to make the SEAL Trident we have today. Now all the SEAL's wear the gold trident. The silver ones
  15. Your SEAL Trident was made by HLI Lordship Industries, Inc., Hauppauge, NY. who used hallmarks(L1, L22). Yours is marked L22. This is an original military issue piece. To date it in a ballpark time frame, it would be probably 1980's ish. Perhaps a Navy badge guy could narrow it down a bit more. These badges were made by several different manufacturers, but this one is Lordship Industries.
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