Sunday, July 19, 2009

Public Health Service

Public Health Service,
originally uploaded by waterclock.
U.S. Public Health Service Sanitarian hat badge.

No hallmark, however, manufactured by Gemsco, NY (General Merchandising Co.) with Second World War pattern dies. Same die used for base was also used for Master, Mate, and Pilot union hat badges.

Badge is plated with 1/20 10K Gold.

I personally think this design is horrible; the eagle is not at all graceful. The pattern for the anchor and caduceus continues to be used on contemporary U.S. PHS hat badges.


Badge base reverse.

Shield base plate obverse.

Shield reverse; incuse punch detail.

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