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Ruptured Duck Tie Clip

   This tie clip has the ruptured duck insignia suspended from a chain. A neat item! Marked SWANK on the clip.
 
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Shipping Weight: 0.7 lb
Price: $12.00 USD

WWII Navy/USMC Pilots Wings

This is a very nice pair of U.S. Navy or Marine pilots wings. They are pinback, marked- BALFOUR 1/20 10K GF 1-B - (the GF stands for gold filled). These are the full size 2 3/4" wings. They show only a little wear to the highlights.
 
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Shipping Weight: 0.33 lb
Price: $110.00 USD

USAF Air Raid Warning Service Observer Arm Band

This is a pristine armband worn by members of the U. S. Army Air Force Air Raid Warning Service. After Pear Harbor, it was unknown if Hawaii or the Contiential United States would be the target of another attack. As a by-product the Air Raid Warning Service was formed by the U. S. A. F. It was staffed with civilians who volunteered to coordinate defense efforts in their local areas. This arm band almost looks brand new. It has a few faint age spots on it from storage, but obviously was never issued. The ends remain unsewn. It is folded in thirds for the scan but is approximately 18 inches in length by 4 1/4 inches in height. A great piece of homefront WWII history!
 
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Shipping Weight: 0.37 lb
Price: $30.00 USD

Honorable Service Cloth Emblem- Ruptured Duck

This is an Honorable Service insignia emblem, better known as the Ruptured Duck. It was issued between September 1939 and December 1946 to all veterans who were to be honorably discharged. It was sewn on the right breast of the tunic, allowed its wearer to wear his or her uniform for up to thirty days subsequent to discharge. This indicated to the MPs that the wearer was not AWOL or Absent Without Leave when coming and going in their uniform. The term Ruptured Duck was coined by someone who thought the Eagle within the wreath looked more like a puffed up duck. These are excellent little emblems made out of a khaki colored rayon type material with the Eagle embroidered in the center. They came from a box marked 2 October 1945. All are in unissued condition. They measure approximately 4 inches by 8 inches.
 
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Shipping Weight: 0.3 lb
Price: $5.00 USD  20 Available

Honorable Service Lapel Button- Ruptured Duck

This is an Honorable Service insignia lapel button. It was made to be inserted in the button hole in the lapel of a suit or sport coat. This insignia is better known as the Ruptured Duck. The original cloth version was issued between September 1939 and December 1946 to all veterans who were to be honorably discharged. It was sewn on the right breast of the tunic, allowed its wearer to wear his or her uniform for up to thirty days subsequent to discharge. This indicated to the MPs that the wearer was not AWOL or Absent Without Leave when coming and going in their uniform. The lapel button was a way of displaying to those around you that you served in the military and were honorably discharged from the service. This while in civilian clothes. After all, you would not want to sew one of the cloth insignias on your best Sunday go to meeting suits!!! The term Ruptured Duck was coined by someone who thought the Eagle within the wreath looked more like a puffed up duck. This ruptured duck lapel button is in excellent shape. It measures approximately 1 3/4 inches (from wing tip to wing tip) by 1 1/4 inches.
 
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Shipping Weight: 0.3 lb
Price: $8.00 USD  10 Available

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