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Allan H.

Interesting Master Parachutist Badge- Gold!

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I recently picked this badge up in a misc. group of insignia. Here we have a Master Parachutist badge that I am assuming is from the 1970's. What is most interesting about the badge is that it appears to have been die struck in brass and then polished to a high sheen.

 

Anyone who has ever been to airborne school at FT Benning is probably familiar with these badges as they are worn by the instructors at the school. The infamous "Black Hats" wear gold wings on their caps.

 

The badges are actually subdued metal badges where the black finish has been removed. After that, a long period of shining and buffing takes place to give these wings their rich, golden appearance. You can also occasionally find these in the senior and basic parachutist grades.

 

This example bears the V-21 maker mark for Vanguard.

 

I hope you've enjoyed getting to see it.

 

Allan

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Pretty cool Allan. I have to say you definitely don't think of gold when it comes to para badges, but I knew they were out there.....just never seen one like this before. Talk about a lot of work for some extra "bling"!


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Fascinating information the i was not aware of.

 

Thank you for this nugget.


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Beautiful Master Parachutist Wings.


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WANTED- Sterling hallmarked US Army Parachutist Jump wings:       WANTED -Combat Infantryman Badges (CIB):

Bell Trading Post Master (with star in wreath)                                        F.W. Assmann Germany full size CIB marked 191

12C Coro Senior clutchback (with star).                                                   CREST CRAFT Sterling EIB & CIB

CrestCraft 14C Master w/bubble canopy CB.                                          Denmark’s Sterling 2nd Award D22

Emblem Supply 1E Senior pinback                                                            Wilbur Kiff Co Attleboro Ma. Sterling

GP General Products Master CB                                                                D&H Manufacturing, provenance RI

Military Post Supply M21/MPS-21 Senior CB                                          C.P. Company NYC 1P C. Polk New York Sterling

Robbins Senior pinback                                                                               Gemsco Sterling 3rd award

Robbins Attleboro Mass. Basic pinback                                                   Simon Sterling 3rd Award

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