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Article about: Hello all. I have learned that when a badge is stamped 1/24 it is sliver filled. I am wondering if a badge is stamped Sterling, does not mean the whole badge is sterling silver or is it just

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    Hello all. I have learned that when a badge is stamped 1/24 it is sliver filled. I am wondering if a badge is stamped Sterling, does not mean the whole badge is sterling silver or is it just plated? This comes after finding a us army expert rifle badge that was stamped STERLING 1K but there is no hall mark. But it also does not say 1/24. Thank you for reading this thread!

    From Alex

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    Sterling is stamped on solid sterling only , unless it is a fake stamp or badge . Sterling is the hall mark . If plated it somethings states EP for electro plate .
    Cheers Chris

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    Hi Alex. Your badge is solid sterling silver. '1K' is the makers code.
    ( 'Krew' I believe ) and it's likely from the 1950's.

    '1/20th silver filled' means silver plating over base metal,
    usually bronze or brass alloy - These appeared in the
    late 50's, early 60's as I recall.

    Although pin backs are still used, most post-war
    modern insignia are clutch back.
    Hope this helps..........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Hey CBH thanks for your replay. I did not know sterling was a stamp in of its self. That's good to know! I just thought that there had to be some kind of hall mark. Thank you for the heads up.

    From Alex

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    Howdy Walkwolf, thanks for the replay! Thank you for the heads up on the 1K. I did not know what most modern insignia is clutch back. Your information did help.

    From Alex

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    If I remember right, it is against the Law to stamp something "Sterling" if it is Not solid silver.
    William

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

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    Wagriff thank you for your post, I did not know it was illegal to stamp something Sterling if it's not. Thanks for you information!

    From Alex

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    I have to thank Walkwolf for this because it was after his repeated GREAT advise that I found this site to give myself a reference to clutch back's used on insignia. It a great way to date what you are looking at.
    Dating Metallic Insignia: Clutch Fasteners

    Semper Fi
    Phil

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