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Here is a retailer I had not seen before. Looks to be the standard JR Gaunt pattern but a nice new maker mark!

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Here is a retailer I had not seen before. Looks to be the standard JR Gaunt pattern but a nice new maker mark!

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Hi Gil,

 

That was my guess as well.

 

 

Cheers

Gary

I think that is "Associated Military Stores", Chicago. Probably Gaunt made.

 

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Here are three bullion cap eagles, two army officer and a American Red Cross officer. The bullion pieces are usually CBI made.

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These are for the 1st American Squadron, Home Guard formed up in 4 July 1940 during England's dark days. The unit was officially incorporated into the crown armed forces in September 1940 and was comprised of American citizens living in the UK. The unit was based in the TA (territorial Army) Headquarters of the Queen's Westminsters in Buckingham Gate London. Note the the badge doesn't incorporate the Great Seal. There exists a matching arm patch but I've never encountered one. I'm not sure what the third badge with the Great Seal was used for but I suspect it was made for and used by an american officer stationed in England after the US declared war.

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These are for the 1st American Squadron, Home Guard formed up in 4 July 1940 during England's dark days. The unit was officially incorporated into the crown armed forces in September 1940 and was comprised of American citizens living in the UK. The unit was based in the TA (territorial Army) Headquarters of the Queen's Westminsters in Buckingham Gate London. Note the the badge doesn't incorporate the Great Seal. There exists a matching arm patch but I've never encountered one. I'm not sure what the third badge with the Great Seal was used for but I suspect it was made for and used by an american officer stationed in England after the US declared war.

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Garth,

 

All these badges are tremendous (especially the bullion ones)! I had seen those eagles without the Great Seal before, thinking they were something that had to do with something technical, I don't quite recall. That's always real interesting thinking of American citizens living in a foreign country, and fighting for that country. Its really an unusual concept, because think if we had a unit of Mexican immigrants or Kenyan immigrants fighting in Iraq now. Thanks for sharing!

 

 

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I would like to resurrect this thread because I'm sure that there are a few of us that collect hat devices.

Being a Navy guy, I have solely collected my branch, but as of late, I have become interested in Army/AirForce ones.

 

I have a couple of questions for anyone that can help. Who made the best quality? What period is the most desirable? What's the best way to start?

 

Thanks. I hope we continue this thread, I think it's a subject that doesn't get a lot of attention.

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Here is a seldom seen cap eagle for an Officer of the Philippines Constabulary. This eagle is from a cap made by Almar in Manila.

 

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The eagle is "EL ORO" brand insignia manufactured by J.J.Tupaz, Jr. Here is a view of the back.

 

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A closeup view of the markings on this eagle.

 

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A closeup view of the distinctive screwback roller that has markings that match the eagle itself.

 

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Sarge,

 

This is a nice Constabulary Hat badge, used after 1947 with the establishment of the republic. This particular piece was used in the late 1940's and into the 50's.

 

All the best. Joe

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Sarge,

Do you happen to have a period photo of the Philippine Constabulary badge being worn? That sure is a beauty!

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Beau

 

What time frame are you looking for with regard to Constabulary hat devices? I have the actual device and probably have a period photo of one being used depending upon the time frame you are looking for. All the best. Joe

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Resurrecting this old thread (again) and following on from post#56, I picked up a Hat Eagle from a local dealer today. It walked into his shop last week and was part of the estate of a WW1 Aussie digger (his name/unit is know) who collected a hat badge from each of the main allies at the time (Canadian, NZ, South African plus his own Aussie one), including the lug back US example attached. Basically, it is WW1 vintage. Probably US made, although why it does not have a slider like most (not all) WW1 UK hat badges I don't know!

 

I'm attaching some pics of it next to a typical US made WW1 eagle and a Meyer WW2 (or earlier) piece, following by some larger scans of the UK-made eagle.

 

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Mike

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Just saw this thread today. Some great eagles & pics!

 

Here's one I've had for a bit and haven't had much luck researching it. From wing tip to tip it measures 2".... I'm thinking WAC ?

 

Not sure what to make of the stamping "GERMANY" on the back. I would think post war would be stamped "West Germany" .

 

Thanks for your comments!

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Really great thread with lots of info. Here is an interesting badge I have made by "FOX". It appears to be WW II era, but I really don't remember where I got it, and it is loose, no cap. Wing tip to wing tip is right at 2 inches and the height is 2 and 3/8ths. I have seen references to a Gustave Fox company of Cincinnati, OH that made insignia. Not sure if they made this.

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Can anyone help with dating this one or attributing it to a specific maker? It has beautiful detail and patina and is nice and solid, but I'm not familiar with the prong-type backing rather than the screw-back version or the standard British variety. I'm thinking it must be sometime inter-war, but I was curious to see your opinions. Thanks for your input!

 

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Nick

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In my humble opinion this is one of the most beautiful cap eagles of WW2. The back is stamped Gemsco Acid Test. The gold plating remains on the back but has been beautifully replaced with platina on the front. Gemsco did an amazing job of adding fine detail to the feathers on the wings and the entire eagle in general.

 

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Officer's visor cap national emblem with trademark "ACID TEST/GEMSCO" Note that the original 13 stars have been buffed out, and a single silver star added. It is believed that this was worn by a National Guard officer.

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