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Looks like lead. Can you write with it? Simply drag it across a piece of paper and if it looks like a pencil mark it probably is a lead casting.

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Dwayne,

Yes it's lead. Any idea where this was made, and why are there small round circles on the back? Ken

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This is US made and was what we call "Econ-o-lead." They were made to provide insignia at a low cost out of non-crucial war materials. You will find a lot of insignia made this way to include EG&A devices etc.

 

Allan

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Wow, thanks Allan, would never had thought this would be US made, it'sso funky. Just learned something new. Ken

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Me too..are these items rare or collectable??

No more then any other marksman badge from the era I find them fairly regularly when I buy insignia lots. There does not seem to be any special value attributed to them in the collecting market!

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How can you tell if they are original or if someone just cast lead badges?

Wouldn't benefit anyone to do it because they really aren't worth much like I said, a few dollars if that. usually all the ones I see have those round circles on the back

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