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triplecanopy

Here is a Master Parachute badge hallmarked with the early 1V and the beautiful Vanguard eagle. It is sterling and clutchback.

All the best,

Robert

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I've come across some Vanguard hallmarks on what are advertised as WWII Navy officer barracks hat badges. They have the sterling 1/20th GF stamp and a script Vanguard hallmark, no other markings. Any input as to when this version of the Vanguard hallmark was used?

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I've come across some Vanguard hallmarks on what are advertised as WWII Navy officer barracks hat badges. They have the sterling 1/20th GF stamp and a script Vanguard hallmark, no other markings. Any input as to when this version of the Vanguard hallmark was used?

See post #14 on page 1 OSU.

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Here's a 1950's (best guess) enlisted submarine dolphin set. Has the Vanguard NY script hallmark.

 

This one came with the 1948 8-cleat pattern Ballou cutch backs which should indicate the first use of these Vanguard dolphins for enlisted, as the enlisted metal insignia was authorized in 1950 and the clutchback pattern changed in 1951.

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This Master Missile Badge is later in 1/20th silver filled. Marked V 21. Appears to have had the word sterling scratched out.

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One more; a raised Vanguard hallmark on a submarine combat patrol pin. I would say circa WW2 with that brass pin but it could be a carry over to post-war IMO.

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Vanguard hallmarked 1V parachute badges. Below are the reverse sides and you will notice that while all are marked 1V, they are all different design hallmarks. The large eagle 1V is on the master and also marked sterling. The small eagle 1V is on the senior and NOT marked sterling, but I believe that it is. And the basic wings simply marked Vanguard 1V and sterling. Why different designs for the same company? I surely do not know.

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@triplecanopy, as this type code was used from around 1954 to around 1965, my guess is it's period variations, they varying from the mid 50s through the mid 60s.

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I know this is an old thread. Maybe someone can shed some light on a looming question. Vanguard seems to be one of the oldest yet one of the hardest to use hallmarks to determine age. So the question I have is if an item is marked V-21-N it would be post 1976. With that said, using V-21-N, does anyone have an idea or know when Vanguard went from the the "hollowed" back to a "solid" back. Specifically I am asking about Navy Warfare Devices (ESWS, EAWS, SS, etc). Here are some pictures of what I am referring to.

 

Pin 1 Hollow Back

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Hey Chief,

 

This is more of an ongoing reference section. Questions should normally be posted in the appropriate section on insignia and go from there.

 

With that said, IMO, you can't really compare the full size devices to the mini's as construction was different during the same periods. My original ESWS from 1980 was marked 1/20th silver filled, which was the norm then. So, the Vanguard V-21-N marked examples are sometime after that. I have a couple sets of these V-21-N purchased from uniform shops in the mid/late '80s and early '90s if that helps. All were hollowed in construction, including the 1/20th silver filled set. Never seen a solid version offered other than private purchase examples through the NEX/Jostens Jewelers, usually in 14K for those so inclined.

 

As far as mini's, mine is also marked V-21-N, solid construction and would be circa 1990. Enlisted devices are not supposed to be polished but, per instruction, left with the matt finish they originally came in. My mini is matt silver with the dark gray reverse. Looking at your example, I would guess it might be an anodized version for color guard or other special detail type assignments where shiny medals and devices are preferred. I would date it post 1990's though.

 

Tim

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It is Vanguard: I found an example from what was called a WWII air crew wing:

 

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Just an FYI, but this Vanguard trademark was first used in 1956 (trademark registration in 1957) till it was

replaced in 1984 by the current trademark.

 

 

John

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An interesting Hallmark I have not seen before and didnt see in thread. So I wanted to share. A post war (1950's) Chief Petty Officer Collar Sterling Anchor with a hallmark "Vanguard 154" Has anyone ever seen this before?

 

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Here is the USAF Senior Flight Surgeon Badge badge marked by Vangaurd (eagle + V 21).

The badge is 3 inches wide and what's interesting is made of soft metal. It can be bent very easily. What kind of material is it and was it popularly used?

 

The number (925) stamped on the reverse is also a curiosity. Can anyone write something about it?

 

 

Karol

 

 

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Vanguard also made the now rare 1956-1963 Shield shaped parachute badges. This example is hallmarked 1V and is a senior grade parachute badge. This example is the type two with seven suspension lines. The type one has nine lines and as far as I know Vanguard never made any nine line USAF parachute badges. This badge would date from 1963 or before since this style was discontinued in 1963.

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