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Posted 4 years ago


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Although I only worked there for around 3.5 years, being a Pre-Divestiture Bell System employee I can never pass up the purchase of an item that I believe could be from a period in time that pre-dates the break-up of AT&T and the Bell Operating Companies. I found this for sale on 11/17/2013 at a local flea market. The asking price that I hapily paid for this was 2.5 times the coin shown in the photo next to the pin. Yes, it is a 14K pin too. The backing has no precious metals markings on it so I doubt it is 14K too, but the pin itself weighs near 2 grams according to my digital scale. I am not sure if the stones are real diamonds because I do not own a diamond tester.

So, can anybody tell me if this is a 30 year pin, or some other award given to an employee for something else?

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  1. tom61375, 4 years ago
    I once knew someone who got the watch for 30+ years with Southern Bell or South Bell of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
    I wouldn't be surprised if those a real diamonds, companies used to really make their employees feel appreciated back in the day for their hard work & service. Great piece!
  2. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 4 years ago
    It's a Bell System 30 year service pin. At one time diamonds were used only after you had 25 years of service. The most I have seen is eight diamonds.
  3. l1k2gadd, 4 years ago
    Thanks to ttomtucker and to tom61375 for the information on the pin. I guess 8 diamonds would be a 40 year pin. 40 years would be a long time to work at one company. I enjoy finding treasures at thrift stores and flea markets, this is the most recent flea market treasure that I have been blessed with adding to my collection. Last week the find of the weekend was a Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Spirit of '76 locomotive belt buckle.
  4. Bellcat, 3 years ago
    They would award one diamond for every 5 years.

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