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This is one topic I feel that could use some more discussion. Just how many cap eagle variants have we seen the US Army use over the years? I thought'd it be a great idea to post pictures of all the different types of eagles the United States Army has used from all periods. If possible, please the show the reverse and identify the maker.

 

 

I'll get us started off with a very common, very ordinary, but very beautiful cap eagle from the WWII period. I really do like these Gemsco Acid Test Jumbo eagles!

 

 

 

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Unfortunately, many of the eagles I will show I don't own anymore. I neglected to take photos of the reverse of many eagles so I apologize in advance!

 

 

This next one was on a khaki crusher visor. Not hallmarked on the reverse, but evidently of superior quality.

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Unfortunately, many of the eagles I will show I don't own anymore. I neglected to take photos of the reverse of many eagles so I apologize in advance!

This next one was on a khaki crusher visor. Not hallmarked on the reverse, but evidently of superior quality.

 

I love the Gemsco "acid tests" too. Here's mine; stand by for the back...

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This was a recent one that I owned. Also of high quality like the preceding one. A little smaller, and with that really distinctive V.

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Gorgeous! I love those up-close shots (wish my Canon could do that!) Sorry about cutting in there, didn't see you had posted until I posted! :blink:

 

 

I wonder if there is composition difference in many of these cap eagles, or if most are made of the same materials?

 

The following eagle is one I see on many caps made by Dunlap and Dobbs. They are common, but of a higher degree of quality. This is an Amcraft eagle.

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This distinctive eagle was on a crusher. Its one of those Jumbo eagles, yet it seems much father spaced apart than the NS Meyer or Gemsco versions. Its huge and finely detailed. Unfortunately, not marked and much thinner than say the Gemsco version.

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Since they were wearing US Army/ AAF Uniforms, I am posting this photo of a Civilian Flight Instructor's badge. This one was pinback and marked Sterling.

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This eagle belongs to a WWII officers service visor. Unmarked, thin, this is the type of eagle that became the norm after the war (except for the more flamboyant officers who stuck with their WWII V badges).

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Probably the biggest of all WWII Officer Cap badges was this NS Meyer screwback design. As you can see, this one has a real nice patina, it practically blends into the cap itself!

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As a change of pace, we all know the basic WWII US Army Enlisted badge. Hasn't changed much over the years, though I do like how this eagle has that distinctive V shape. This eagle is unmarked (as practically most were) and was on a private purchase EM visor.

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This cap badge really resembles the Amcraft style badge (with the shield pushing outward). However, it was unmarked and on a late 1930s Officers service visor. I hope somebody else starts posting too, can't do it all by myself!

 

 

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Here are a few of mine.

 

 

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Gorgeous! I love those up-close shots (wish my Canon could do that!) Sorry about cutting in there, didn't see you had posted until I posted! :blink:

I wonder if there is composition difference in many of these cap eagles, or if most are made of the same materials?

 

The following eagle is one I see on many caps made by Dunlap and Dobbs. They are common, but of a higher degree of quality. This is an Amcraft eagle.

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