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The Combat Infantryman Badge


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This badge in unofficial - but I think it fits in this topic. C. Polk badge, Michael Tucker's book dates its manufacture to 1960-62. Musket has been replaced by a well crafted M-16 ( not original to the C. Polk badge ). M-16 appears to be sterling.

 

 

 

 

Aahh, you outbid me on that one....

These are currently on eBay

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In this example the badge has been sewn around a piece of thick cloth to give it some firmness. This badge has been cut off of a uniform. This badge seems to match the construction of the badge in the post above.

 

 

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This is a more unusual badge with regards to the cloth used. The rifle, wreath, and blue background match the others, however a darker olive-green cloth has been used for the rest of the badge. This color cloth matches some WW2 German tropical uniforms I have seen.

 

 

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One last example, again same details to the "badge" but on a lighter background. This badge was nicely hand stitched onto a shirt at one time.

 

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Here is a picture that I pulled off of eBay today. Badge is marked S-21 STERLING on the back. Sort of neat to see the card with code ( S-21) and manufacturer's name.

 

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Finally picked up a little better condition German made badge. For some reason the blue seems to peel off these. This one is pretty much intact.

 

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Just picked up another of these GEMSCO badges with the variant rifle. I think these versions have a neat look to them. I was actually surprised I got it for what I did, but I guess every once in a while you can still get lucky. B)

 

Anyone know what era this is from? Thanks!!

 

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Nice badge, is this the one that was on ebay just recently? This pattern (rifle style and 4 acorns) matches a 2nd award GEMSCO CIB that Mike Tucker's book dates 1955-1962.

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Nice badge, is this the one that was on ebay just recently? This pattern (rifle style and 4 acorns) matches a 2nd award GEMSCO CIB that Mike Tucker's book dates 1955-1962.

 

Yes it was. I try to stick to WWII badges but some of these are just really nice variations and it's a nice little sideline.

 

Thanks for the date info. If I keep on I'm just going to have to buy Mike's book.

 

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Something I'm always on the lookout for are CIBs that have been fixed and/or modified.

 

Here is a badge that has had one pin removed, and a screw-back added. Note that one pin was left on to keep badge straight on the uniform.

 

 

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Here are two badges that have had the pins removed and replaced with safety pins. Note that the second badge is a two-piece badge ( EIB & wreath ) and the wreath has been soldered on as well.

 

 

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Here are two badges that have been converted to pin-backs. The first uses what appears to be a ribbon bar that is secured by bending back the pins. The second looks as though a jeweler did the modification based on the quality of the pin and clasp.

 

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I've been looking for this version for awhile - Japanese made with "skinny" wreath.

 

Was this one on eBay just a few days ago?

 

Nice badge. I like it.

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No, picked this up in the "for sale" section the other day. Member CNY Militaria had some really nice CIBs for sale. If there was another on eBay I missed it.

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Thought I would take some time on my day off to share some of my recent acquisitions.

 

This is a Korean or possibly Vietnamese made badge, note the unique leaf detail; no veins, just two lines running down the middle. None of my other badges have this type of leaf.

 

 

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I saw another badge like this posted on the forum and have wanted one ever since - wreath has been filed down and polished. Also, hard to tell from the pics but badge has been slightly bent to give it a subtle curve. I've seen airborne wings with a similar treatment to the wing and chute. Back of the badge is nothing special, WWII era, "sterling" marked.

 

 

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Here is another modified badge. This badge has had the pins removed and a barrel-type clasp added instead. Well done work, most likely by a jeweler. Front of the badge is standard Meyer pattern.

 

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