This is a pair of PINBACK, WW2, vintage US Army Captain's Bars pin-back rank insignia. These are the SILVER COLORED BARS of the captain, made during WWII. These are hallmarked on the back with that NS Meyer Shield and the "SHOLD-R-FORM" ("Shoulder Form", they are curved) stamping. These are kind of cool (and rare!) because the HALLMARK IS STAMPED BACKWARDS! A nice variation! The quality control guy was probably worried about the war, so he let these get stamped BACKWARDS! Now, this is really a good thing, since you know these are early pins, these were made BEFORE the 1950's when the alpha-numeric codes started to be used, like N.S. MEYER INC using the 9M Shield, and so on. THESE ARE PINBACKS! They probably date from 1940 to 1945, but not much later! These pinbacks are not marked "STERLING" so THEY ARE NOT "STERLING SILVER!" They look great and they are vintage Pin Backs,- JUST LIKE MOST World War Two captains insignia! These are used, they do have wear and age and some tarnish and patina, but they work just fine! They would look GREAT on a uniform! (The officers wore the dress (class "A") uniform jackets during WWII and the Korean War, the ike jacket or tunic.) The US Army (and US Air Corps and US Army Air Forces) officer or pilot or navigator-captain would wear the pair of "U.S." devices (like I have for sale in another auction) on the upper lapels, the branch of service pins on the lower lapels, and the rank insignia on their epaulettes. (Like this pair of US Army Captian's Bar pins! ) These are used, and show wear, but are in good shape. They are ready to use and wear, or to display, right now. They are vintage and shiny,they could also be worn on the overseas cap or the dress shirt collar, and would really spice up a uniform. (ALL the branches of the US Army! The US Army Medical Corps, Infantry, Military Police, Pilots, Engineers, Signal Corps, Armor, Cavalry, Airborne Paratroopers, Tank Destroyers, etc., as well as the ARMY AIR CORPS and the Air Forces, etc., all the captains wore these kind of pinbacks!)(even Captain Hawkeye Pierce on MASH!) These would be great with some of the other WW2 US Army pins in my other sales! Just what the Infantry Officer or the Air Force Captain Observer or Bombardier or Navigator or fighter pilot or bomber co-pilot captain would wear!!!! My opening bid is 99 cents and I have no reserve.
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Thank you to our armed forces, and our veterans, for keeping us free.