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Hello, I’m new here, I’ve been collecting since I got out of the Army in 1993. My interest started because my grandfather was an infantryman in WW1 and I inherited his souvenirs. To the topic, I went to an estate sale a few weeks ago and found these general of the Army stars. This person lived in a VERY affluent neighborhood and was told this guy had things from the revolutionary war to present. Most of the high end items he sold at auction but these were left with a few other things. I know they are old, not like the type of piece some PX ranger picked up. Marked gemco and sterling on the back. Not many 5 star generals lately so.....thoughts? Thanks for looking, jettray

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Intriguing, not something we would think one could just pick out and buy when swinging through their post clothing sales store in 1962 17227847_emoticonlaugh.png.da718514d7d8b718bb611386c4f1e662.png I don't know even if insignia mail order houses of the day sold them, they're sold know, as repros, but as yours is official GI Gemsco Sterling, means vintage.

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Well of a good idea of course would be to know where this area is where this rich man lived and see as a first guess if any of the 5 Stars resided near there in the later years.

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It was from a house in Mission Hills Kansas. I actually knew this gentleman, slightly, delivered his mail for a while. He had been collecting for 40++ years, now downsizing and moving. No retired 5stars nearby that I know of but he collected from all periods and from all over. The size has me wandering if it is a hat insignia. Not sure but it seems too small for shoulder boards. 

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5 hours ago, Jettray said:

It was from a house in Mission Hills Kansas. I actually knew this gentleman, slightly, delivered his mail for a while. He had been collecting for 40++ years, now downsizing and moving. No retired 5stars nearby that I know of but he collected from all periods and from all over. The size has me wandering if it is a hat insignia. Not sure but it seems too small for shoulder boards. 

Oh Oh Eisenhower was originally from Kansas 1186273580_emoticonsmile.png.225e049bbdfe8c0f2dc3314de6ef84fb.png Maybe he was friends with this guy Nah right.

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For what it is worth, all of the genuine 5-star rank insignia I have seen have all been ten piece construction, with the stars and supporting cross bars each being individual pieces soldered together from the back. These do not appear to be constructed that way. It is possible there were variations but I would be very skeptical. The attached photograph is of a set attributed to Omar Bradley.

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