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I got this 2-piece officer's subdued cap badge in a small grouping of navy items. I never saw one before and was hoping to learn more about it. It is marked "Sterling Balfour 1-B" on the back". I found out on the forum that makes it around 1960-65 production, but that's all i've been able to find. Since the Navy was not making the gray cap anymore, I'm wondering what kind of cap this badge was worn on? Who wore it and when? When did they start making this? My guess is for Navy ground forces or river patrol in southeast Asia - but I don't know? Any help would be appreciated.

 

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Chris R.

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Nice interesting badge. I understand the full size subdued badge was worn on the combination cap, usually gray, and the pith helmet. I don't know of other uses. I understand they were made of black plastic for the gray uniform as well as bronze and black. Is this badge black or dark bronze color?

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I know that this type of insignia during WWII was worn on USMC officer greens and tans for those attached to USMC units such medical doctors, chaplains, etc.

 

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Chris,

 

Normally, the blackened or "subdued" devices are used on uniforms worn on shore when forces are concerned about an enemy seeing that insignia from a distant or being able to determine what rank someone was. They continue to be used on camoflage and some utility uniforms today.

 

I'm guessing the officer cap emblem you show possibly could be for a pith helmet or other type of hard hat? Seebee's, others working with Marine Corps or ground forces ashore.

 

Tim

 

I meant to add, another good point on whether the item was black or "bronzed", as I believe the WW2 Navy insignia for forces assigned to Marine untis was actually "bronzed" and not this black painted insignia that this one appears to be.

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I can't quite make out the hallmark on the reverse left wing; anyone else? I see "sterling" and what appears to be "LB" but the top line is unreadable.

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Thanks to everyone who posted.

 

The badge is definitely finished in black and not bronze.

 

The markings on the back say: Sterling Balfour 1-B, and that's where I'm getting the 1960-65 production date from and guess that it was probably made for some type of southeast asia service.

 

Any other thoughts welcome.

 

 

 

busternfo,

Very neat pre WWII eagle. Thanks for showing that.

 

 

 

Thanks again,

 

Chris R,

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Sharp looking insignia!!

 

The Balfour 1-B mark is from the 1960's, so I would expect Vietnam era to slightly thereafter.

 

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Found this at the flea market this morning. It's the small overseas cap size. Made of sterling with a bronzed (not black) finish. Very high quality. I believe worn on a USMC style overseas cap by Navy doctors assigned to the Marines (WW2 era). Perhaps on the USN grey overseas cap too?

 

 

 

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