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WW1 US Navy or not please?

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    Default WW1 US Navy or not please?

    Pondering the purchase of this navy badge but it's away from my usual Royal Navy line. Looks nice to me, but.....
    Thanks.

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    Looks like it is 40s or 50s not ww1 very nice hat badge though

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    The head of the eagle is facing it's left, so we know that it is pre-1940. I forget which year that the US Navy adopted the crossed anchors, but it was certainly being used in WWI. Prior to WWI, they had a single anchor. Since this one is hand made and shows no anchor ropes...Spanish American war, era, perhaps? Sorry couldn't narrow it down any further! Definitely a nice cap device, in any case, and certainly well worth having.
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    Thanks guys and I'm well pleased to find this excellent forum! I'm here to learn and there is much to read.

    I reckon the 3 stars shows a Rear Admiral (?) and there is something about the red tongue that dates it early but I can't Google anything like it. I try to strictly stick to WW1 when collecting as money isn't too abundant and there are so many temptations out there!

    I feel I'm on a slippery slope now!

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    The 3 stars are normal, as the room on the little shield basically didn't allow for all that many more, so I doubt if it belonged to an Admiral. The red tongue means that it's early and hand made-as most all of them were from this era. The appearance of the eagle's neck shows that clearly. As a best guess, I would date this at the turn of the century and is most likely simply from a regular Navy officer's cap. Whoever made it sure didn't look like they knew what they were trying to draw, as the eagle looks awfully much like a winged goat, but that's just the fun of these early pieces-they were all different!
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Thanks Wagriff. As you say, it's a pretty weird eagle! I too like the naivety of these old pieces and it adds to the appeal for me.

    I managed to find an image of a USN Rear Admiral with 3 stars on his collar and just guessed the rank. No doubt in reality the higher ranking officers would have something rather more grand!

    I think I'll take a punt at it as it's just a nice thing to have in any collection. Just need the correct cap now!!!!!

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