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Help - Are These Military Tags?

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A friend gave me these (and he has many more). He thinks - but not sure - that these may have been used to identify military cargo, possibly WW2 era. Was considering that these may have been affixed to cargo/crates.


Recognizing that metals were primarily used for the war effort, these feel like brass - have a little heft to them.


Each has a stamping of numbers and letters on one side, and roman numerals on the other.


Is anybody here familiar with these? Are they merely tokens towards something else (subway)?








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They do look well made.


Just a guess, but they look similar to the old tags placed on telephone poles.

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*


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