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As one would expect my hypothesis is fluid...while I did not find mention of petty officer's having collateral duties of police petty officer in a 1938 edition of The Blue Jacket's Manual (BJM), I just received a copy of General Training Course for Petty Officers 3c and 2c and the collateral duty of Master-At-Arms and police petty officer are listed in that book.

 

While that isn't definative on the usage of a badge in those positions, it does show the positions existed in 1938.

 

I'll need earlier editions of the BJM and PO 3&2 manuals to pin down when police petty officer became a collateral duty.

 

-dan

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Any input from forum members?

 

Thanks,

-dan

 

Kind of Dan, maybe. Do you have any of the badge hallmark books that are out there? Those can really help establish date ranges for some of your badges.

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Kind of Dan, maybe. Do you have any of the badge hallmark books that are out there? Those can really help establish date ranges for some of your badges.

 

I have Badges of America's Finest, by James C. Casey and a 1950's catalog from the W.S. Darley Co.

Mostly online research at this point.

I have yet to find a book on only military police (all inclusive) memorabilia.

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-dan

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There were many variations of the Master-At-Arms (MAA) position over the years. There was master-at-arms, chief master-at-arms, duty master at arms, division master-at-arms, afloat master-at-arms and assistant master-at-arms to name a few.

 

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I have yet to find a book on only military police (all inclusive) memorabilia.

Thanks,

-dan

This sounds like it would make a nice collaborative effort for some forum members to pull together.

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Yes it would.

We'll start by getting more USN usage information than we previously had, from this thread.

-dan

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I have a fairly modern one to add. USS Nimitz MAA badge #9. On the back it is marked Govt Property, and made by Orber MFG Co.

 

Chris

 

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Locally custom made Guam Master At Arms 5-point star badge 1950s-60s.

Medical Master At Arms, early shield design circa late-1940s early-1950s.

-dan

 

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Nice items.

Especially like the NavForV badge, as well as the shipboard made USS Baldwin.

I was NavSupAct Saigon (71-72) "The Coming Out War period"

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I intend to post any USN related badge in this thread. MAA, SP, PPO, Guard, Police (USN and USN Contractor), Leadingman (an area the USN utilized that other branches didn't seem to use), base Fire departments, Investigators, Inspectors, NCIS and others I may discover.

 

I'll also cover them all in my next book.

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The pin and catch style on badges can be a valuable piece of information in dating a badge. In the case of military police style badges the unit history can also help in dating a badge.

 

In the case of hallmarked pieces the company history can sometimes help in dating a piece. Since some makers have been in business for many years, this method is often less useful than the two pieces of information listed above.

 

Here is a link to a very good discussion of police badge pins and catches: http://www.badgecollecting.com/clerk.htm

 

 

-dan

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