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I have the following in a collection of badges my aunt collected. I'm assuming it is an early issue Air Force officer cap badge. However, the interesting thing is that all of the other insignia I have ever found of hers was from World War II or before.

 

Any opinions on this badge? When did the Air Force begin wearing silver insignia as opposed to gold? From what I remember reading, there was a transition period after the Air Force was created as a separate branch.

 

Also, if this is a service cap badge, would it be worn over the hole in the front of the cap meant for the screwback type of badge, or were some caps made without the hole?

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I think this particular badge was for a School Marching Band Shako, or maybe not, but as far as we know all mitarly serivce caps had a center grommet.

 

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I'm pretty sure it's an Air Force Cap Badge or Device. I have seen it referred to both ways.

 

Here is a picture of a current device for comparison.

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I'm pretty sure it's an Air Force Cap Badge or Device. I have seen it referred to both ways. Here is a picture of a current device for comparison. Although the wings are a little different but I figure that is a difference in manufacturers.

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The first thing I thought when I saw it was "Sweetheart" piece.I'm no expert,just my opinion.

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Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

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I would guess sweetheart as well. What is the size?

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I would guess sweetheart as well. What is the size?

As best as I can tell, it is the same size as a standard screw back AF officer cap badge. I have one somewhere in a box and when I can dig it out, I'll post a picture of the two side by side for comparison.
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As best as I can tell, it is the same size as a standard screw back AF officer cap badge. I have one somewhere in a box and when I can dig it out, I'll post a picture of the two side by side for comparison.

 

 

Could be a WAF hat badge for a beret?

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Last night I was looking thru my books, Dressed for Duty. I saw an example of a pin back cap badge in the section for the WASPS. The pin on the one in the book was vertical not horizontal like this one. I don't believe the one posted in this thread is for a marching band. I believe it is military related.

 

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