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Title US Army Inspector General's collar badge, bronze
Nationality American
Period c 1914-18

This little badge (1" high) is marked 'J.R.GAUNT LONDON' on the reverse. These were worn on the stand-up close collar of the period tunics. This must be one of the rarer departmental badges of the US Army from this period, as this would have been one of the smallest branches.

It would appear that these only appeared with a dark bronze finish in WW1. The information above comes from Encyclopedia of US Army insignia and uniforms by William K. Emerson (seen on the web only).

It would appear to be a cast bronze badge in a dark chocolate finish (if polished this would be either a pink or yellow colour, depending on the amount of zinc in the mix). There is a hinge pin in white metal on the reverse. The loop for the pin is somewhat distorted, but essentially the piece is in excellent condition, given its age.

Prov: from the J.R. Gaunt & Son Ltd. Pattern Book Archive, sold at auction by order of the National Army Museum, London.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Badges : American : 20th Century]


Just a brief note to confirm that the sabre has been delivered today. All is as it should be. I have to say I’m impressed with the ‘custom’ packaging, obviously essential in your line of business. I have made a very quick inspection of the sword & it fully lives up to your accurate description, very pleased with the purchase.

M B, UK, 18.06.2015

Pistol arrived safely, thanks for the prompt service.

M W, UK, 26.03.2008