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Old 09-02-2006, 02:42 PM   #1
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1940's cap badge, but pre or post 1945 ??

Here is a recent purchase which I made. It is a basic red army cap badge from the 1940's. I would be grateful if the more knowledgeable among you could advise if it is pre or post 1945 and how you can tell the difference between war time and post war issued cap badges. It is about 28mm from star point to point, made from brass and has a small ding in the hard enamel.

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Old 09-02-2006, 05:17 PM   #2
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Hi Paul,

Not really much help but early cap badges and WW II era were made of Brass and enamel, later from the 1960's they were aluminium and paint. So your badge is most likely a 1940s - 60's Navy sailor or NCO 'Donald Duck' cap badge.

Here is an indication of what hat it belonged to.

Approx. 25 mm - Soviet officer or private side cap.
Approx. 28 mm - Navy sailor or NCO 'Donald Duck' cap
Approx. 32-34 mm - officer visor hat.

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Old 09-03-2006, 03:30 PM   #3
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Hi Eddie,

Many thanks for the reply. I was aware of the switch in quality in the early 60's but what I am curious about is whether or not it is possible to tell if a brass and enamel badge is pre or post 1945 ? I suspect that the answer is "no" but am hopeful that some of you experts here will be able to shed some more light on this for me.

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Your welcome Paul,
I think you will find that the design and materials remained the same from the 40's through to the 60's without change so you probably won't be able to narrow it down further than that. Maybe Doug has some thoughts on that, if anyone knows he will :)

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cap badge

I'd like to say I know for em/officers, but i doubt there was a set change in 1945 (there was not for generals; no way to see if a generals cap badge is 1945 or 1947) for these badges. I guess it goes for feel, no other real way to do it.

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Many thanks, I appreciate the help and guidance.

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Paul, Eddie,

Earlier models for officers had the Hammer and Sicle as a separate piece secured with 2 rivets.

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here is one with a separate attached hammer and sickle

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Gentlemen,

Many thanks. It is a pleasure to be among people who are willing to share their knowledge so generously.

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And to flesh this out a bit more, I belive the earlier 2-piece type that Lapa refers to is generally pre-war era. I think I read somewhere that early in the war the switch was made to the 1-piece type.
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