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Nose Dragon Dolphins Submariner Officer’s Pin


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I believe these are pre WWII late 1920’s dolphins pin.  They were made in Shanghai China by Nose Dragon.  What a name.  A nice theater made piece.  Can anybody add information like actual production date?  I wonder if there’s any guess on quantity made?  I’m sure they are scarce if not rare.  They measure 2 11/16 inches wide and were tested for precious metal.  They’re not silver and they’re not gold.  They do appear to be a heavy gold plate or gold filled.  Thanks for your input.  

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There appears to be a Roman Numeral 9 (IX) notched on the bow.  Is there a chance that this was for the USS S-9 (SS-114)?  According to what I've read, the S-9 was part of the Asiatic Fleet and they spent time in China and the Philippines.  They returned back to the West Coast in 1924.  Coincidence?  If this was the intent, I don't know why the Arabic 9 wasn't used and why a Roman Numeral IX was used.  Thoughts and opinions appreciated.  Thanks.   

 

 

 

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A China-published reference book shows Nose Dragon operated from 1927-1941, which confirms your broad estimate. A 1937 Shanghai directory lists Nose Dragon as a silver, gold and platinum smith, jeweller and watchmaker. 

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