Vitreous Enamel Vs Synthetic Enamel, as used on military insignia

This is the first installment of a two part discussion, on the enamel work present on some Australian Army Corps insignia, from 1953 to the present day. The insignia being examined here, is the Officer’s hat badge (in gilt and silver and two colour enamel finish), as used by the Royal Australian Army Service Corps (as it then was).

We trust this discussion of vitreous enamel features found on some military insignia, will be of use to collectors and researchers in this field.


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I am the "C" component of the "CB" numbering system used in our book called: Metal Uniform Embellishments of the Australian Army, Post 1953 ('QEII Series') Vol 1 (Insignia for Corps and Schools etc). Yep... that's a mouthful and the 614 page eBook is an eyeful to match... with images of the front and back of each item, as well as weights and measures for each, so that badge variants can be reliably distinguished by collectors, dealers, historians, re-enactor groups and enthusiasts anywhere in the world.

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