Posted 5 years ago
I'm writing a book on the U.S. Navy's Use of Law Enforcement Style Badges.
The two badges pictured here, from my collection, appear to be jeweler or silversmith made. Very rare for military police badges. Not so rare for civilian law enforcement "presentation" badges.
They are from the 1937-42 time frame and the one with "Silver" and "Y.T.K." on the reverse might have been produced around Los Angeles, Calif., or Honolulu, HI. My own research has turned up two more silver pieces with Sterling, Y.T.K. on the reverse. One of the other pieces is also tied to the U.S. Navy, the USS Northampton, which was tied to Los Angeles and Honolulu in the late 1930s, early 1940s. Pre-Dec. 7, 1941.
The second stamp kinda' looks Asian, perhaps. Not sure, but was for the enlisted men's club on some U.S. Navy base, likely pre-1942. I know USN badges, can't find much help with jeweler's marks.