Dating Metal Insignia of the Military

Metal insignia are generally small enameled pins denoting branch of service, unit within a branch or some type of accomplishment by the individual.  The word insignia is Latin in origin and means “to mark upon” or “to distinguish by marking”.   When dating metal...

History of Military Insignia

RANKS The Insignia, used by various branches of the military, has a deep root in American history, dating back to the Revolutionary War.  Originally, the initial rankings used in the United States Military (oftentimes distinguished by the insignia) were established...

Unofficial Badges and Obsolete Military Insignia

UNOFFICIAL BADGES Unofficial badges (some refer to them as emblems) are one of many categories of military insignia.   An unofficial badge met the standards of the military regulations, but for one reason or another, never appeared on the official precedence chart. ...