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Got this USAF Enlistet Hat Badge - it has no makersmark on it

 

Maybe someone here knows the period and the maker of this hat badge.

 

 

 

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My Grandpa - Feldwebel Heinz Krull *1919 +1995

 

Close Combat Clasp in Silver

Iron Cross 1st Class

Iron Cross 2nd Class

Wound Badge in Silver

Infantry Assault Badge in Silver

Eastern Front Medal 1941/42

 

My Hero - You are not forgotten!

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My Grandpa - Feldwebel Heinz Krull *1919 +1995

 

Close Combat Clasp in Silver

Iron Cross 1st Class

Iron Cross 2nd Class

Wound Badge in Silver

Infantry Assault Badge in Silver

Eastern Front Medal 1941/42

 

My Hero - You are not forgotten!

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My Grandpa - Feldwebel Heinz Krull *1919 +1995

 

Close Combat Clasp in Silver

Iron Cross 1st Class

Iron Cross 2nd Class

Wound Badge in Silver

Infantry Assault Badge in Silver

Eastern Front Medal 1941/42

 

My Hero - You are not forgotten!

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Does that have traces of a gold finish on the front? If so, it's one of the very first cap badges used after the USAF was created in the 1947. If not gold-toned, then it's darn near impossible to date other than "after October 1952."


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Thanks all - yes I thought that would be hatd to date them - thanks for trying it!

 

No the badge has only the remains of some kind of coating on the front - which apeers to be golden (maybe thru aging)

My Grandpa - Feldwebel Heinz Krull *1919 +1995

 

Close Combat Clasp in Silver

Iron Cross 1st Class

Iron Cross 2nd Class

Wound Badge in Silver

Infantry Assault Badge in Silver

Eastern Front Medal 1941/42

 

My Hero - You are not forgotten!

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As mentioned, near imposible to tell, only those really with manufacturer hallmark codes would it be possible to narrow a time period down.

 

As my own personal question for other members, where these Silver EM AF cap devices and by extension the collar discs ever come Sterling back in the 50s-60s?

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As my own personal question for other members, where these Silver EM AF cap devices and by extension the collar discs ever come Sterling back in the 50s-60s?

 

I've seen hundreds of these hat and collar badges over the years and don't recall ever having seen any marked as sterling. That doesn't mean they don't exist, but the regulation finish was supposed to be "oxidized silver", so why bother making them out of sterling?

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I've seen hundreds of these hat and collar badges over the years and don't recall ever having seen any marked as sterling. That doesn't mean they don't exist, but the regulation finish was supposed to be "oxidized silver", so why bother making them out of sterling?

Thank You Lee for your first hand knowledge.

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