Posted 2 years ago
The “Ruptured Duck” was a common nick-name given to this eagle badge which was issued to WWII service men who had completed their active duty and were honorably discharged. A diamond shaped patch with this design was worn on the uniform to show that they were no longer on active duty and a lapel button was also issued for wear on civilian clothing. The lapel buttons come in many different varieties; cut out, solid, screw backs, pin backs, button backs, clutch backs and can even be found in 10 and 14k gold. A large brass version is in use as a grave marker for WWII veterans and there is also a version that was made to be attached to an automobile above the license plate. This is one of the license plate versions. It is a heavy copper plated white metal probably a copper-nickel alloy. I can’t remember when I have seen one of these before so I suspect they are scarce.