Sunday, July 19, 2009

Public Health Service

Public Health Service
Public Health Service,
originally uploaded by waterclock.
U.S. PHS 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 War Shipping Administration 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.


Public Health Service
Reverse.

Public Health Service Badge base reverse.

Public Health Service
Shield obverse.

Public Health Service Shield reverse; incuse punch detail.

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