US Military patches are one of the most collectible items of military memorabilia.  Many of the individuals who collect military patches do so because of the history associated with them.  Despite the wide range of military patches that have surfaced since they were first used in WWI, a number of the pieces are still rare and will often command a relatively high price. 



When collecting patches becomes a passion due to the history associated with them, collectors will often do a significant amount of research to learn as much about the history behind the patches they are collecting, or use what they learn to determine which patches they wish to add to their collection.  When a particular patch is rare, finding a photograph with the patch will sometimes increase the overall value of the patch.


Purchasing Rare US Military Patches

A collector should always purchase their memorabilia from a reputable source that provides the them with the condition of the item.  Grading systems are sometimes provided to give the purchaser an idea of where the item he is purchasing falls in comparison to other items of greater and/or lesser quality.    Once the collector receives the item, he should thoroughly inspect his purchase and make note and report anything he feels was not disclosed.


Preserving a Collection 

Most important, a collector should always familiarize himself with how to properly preserve the items he is collecting.  If the proper steps are not taken, items such as US military patches can continue to deteriorate at a more rapid speed, thus limiting the potential increase in its value.

Careful consideration should be given as to how the collection is displayed.  It is also equally important to catalogue all your purchases – including where it was purchased from, when, the quality and value at the time of purchase and any other pertinent information that will lend to the credibility and price increase of the item.

Whether you are collecting US Military patches in general, or are seeking simply patches that are rare, special steps should always be taken to ensure your purchase increases in value with time. 



18 Responses to Collecting Rare US Military Patches

  1. Leslie Pace says:

    Any emblems etc on “Hat in Ring Squadron” USAF.
    Was a member 1957 to 1959, Selfridge AFB, Michigan

    • alon2392 says:

      First and foremost, thank you for your service. If you asking if we carry any of the mentioned emblem(s) in our store, we do not. If you are having trouble locating, I recommend you do a Google search using key words such as “Hat in Ring Squadron” and “emblems” and “USAF”. Good luck in your search. If we can be of any further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you also for visiting our web-site.

  2. Chip Robinson says:

    I have my grandfather’s WWI Military patch from his uniform as well as the patch from a German soldier killed that he brought back after the war. They both are in very good condition. My Grandfather fought in no mans land and survived. We also have his letters to home. His helmet hit by a bullet right on the rim ..He told us when we were little that it was over 100 yards away that the bullet came in from hit the rim and went up vs down and he said we all are here today over a 1/8th of an inch..
    I also have his picture in France..

  3. Neila Horejsi says:

    I have my father’s medals from WW11.He was in the RAF and RCAF His most prized one was one that he called an “O ring” It is silver in color, 1.5 inches in length and .6 inch wide. It has an “O” in the middle with wings on either side. I believe it has to do with having flown a specific number of missions. Does anyone know where I can find out any information regarding this?

    • alon2392 says:

      I’ll check with our historian and see if he can provide you with any additional information. Anyone else out there have any helpful information?

    • alon2392 says:

      Was it a badge? There is no medal for missions flown. We could possibly provide you with some additional information if you could send us a photo. Send to Thank you!

      • Neila Horejsi says:

        I don’t know if you would call it a badge, it wasn’t sewn on his uniform, it was attached by 2 push through pins.He said that you recieved a half at a time-depending how many missons you flew or survived. I will send you a picture. He was a rear tail gunner with the coastal command and flew in both Hudsons and Liberators- both American planes although he was attached to the RAF as there were no Canadian squadrons in the UK at the time.
        thanks for your assistance.

    • walter says:

      it is known as an opps wing or operational wing given after flying – no of missions you can probably look this up on was pined on or some had screw backs and worn on the lt. chest.all the best wally

      • Neila Horejsi says:

        Thanks Wally, this explanation fits best with what my Fahter spoke of.
        Will try on line for more info.

  4. barbara Jackson Honner says:

    My father was in England and joined the Regiment called The Polar Bears. and fought in Siberia and in arkangel (spelling).I have wonderful pictures.
    what I am reaching for was his signet ring. It was gold with a large black onyx stone upon which was a pearl like Polar Bear.
    Is therre any one out there who help me trace one down.
    thank you in advance for any information.
    Barbara Honner

    • alon2392 says:

      We did some checking here and could not find any information that would be helpful. Maybe someone else visiting the site could assist you by leaving some information. Good luck with your search.

  5. Rion Rodricks says:

    I have a large assortment of patches and decals, Airforce, Navy, Army and civilian. I am retired Federal Civil Service and have been collecting for over 40 years. Some are one of a kind that I designed myself. I want to find a collector but do not know how to go about it. I need help. Am interested in liquidating my collection. Will appreciate some guidence.

    • Greg Beseth says:

      Would need to see photos of your collection to get an idea of age and values. Please email me pics if you can. Best regards, Greg.

  6. Chris. Robbins says:

    my buddy has what may be an early version of what became p38/51 can openers. all he knows is that it may have been in the personal belongings of a great uncle who was kia in korea. the can opener blade is a slightly larger, thicker version of the p38 blade. the opener blade is mounted to the longer handle in the same manner as the p38 and is very similar in shape. a pivoting bail is used to lock the opener blade closed when not in use. on the opposite end of the handle is the blade pin for a 2 1/2 to 3 inch knife blade that folds into the handle when not in use. it looks as if mkk or nkk contained within an oval “shield” is stamped on one side. not aware of any other markings, but the whole assembly appears to be made from a high carbon tool steel. can anyone shed light on this implement and its era?

  7. apvining says:

    I would like to sell a picture of hitler and two other hing ranking officers, I also have the original negetive to this picture. Could you please inform me of the price range of this rare negitve. Thank you

    • alon2392 says:

      We are unable to assign any value to historical pieces here at the museum. We recommend you contact the American Society of Appraiser in Washington, D.C. at 1-800-272-8258 or for more accurate information.

  8. Patc Callahan says:

    I am looking to sell WW2 & Vietnam reconnaissance maps (silk) dated. Started @ 1942. & etc.
    printed on both sides, in excellent condition. Would like to know their value, I have 15 different maps.
    Thank you for any info, you may have on this.

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