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Could this patch be British made? Weave is unusual, border is more tan than green. Return thread is black.

 

I posted a standard white back on the left to show the difference in border color.

 

Thanks for your opinions.

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Not an expert, but sure looks Brit made to me especially with the black return threads on the back.


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I seem to recall some patches made during the 1930's had a black back. I'm can't remember where a read this. I'm also not sure why they had a black back. Maybe it's British. Maybe someone else will clarify

 

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I will stick my head out and claim that the patch is US made. It doesn't follow the typical British embroidery tip offs, i.e., the use of silk thread and loose cables with rather washed out colors. Another thing to consider is why would a stateside unit have a British made variant? This isn't like German made patches where peacetime production of combat patches were made for veterans.

 

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Agree that this is US made. The GHQ patch was widely worn during the first few years of the war, which was a time when there were a lot more variations in how patches were being made (wool, greenback, weird weaves, etc). Its also a state-side unit, so less likely to have been made in the UK.


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+4 for U.S. made insignia.

 

Here are some distinctions to look for with Genuine English made insignia

 

Silk vs Rayon embroidery

Long weave vs Short weave

Base material used

 

 

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My dad's 38th Division patch on wool (pre war) is all black back stitching. Pretty sure it was US made.


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I'm also voting it is US made, I think many of us have fallen into the "Black back equals English made" and I don't think that's the case with many of these black return thread patches.


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