An early example, approximately 1909 accord to Bill Emerson’s excellent book on Army shooting awards. It has the target without gold rings, as found on the pre-WWI types, the thicker style frame and rivets to attach the target to the body of the badge; all characteristics of the early types. Although it’s not marked as such, it’s made of solid14k gold. These were unnamed as issued but were sometimes privately engraved by the recipient. It wasn’t until after WWI that they were officially named. These early pieces are extremely rare. Not many were made to begin with, and even fewer survived the melting pot during the hard times in the 1930s. Even thought it's missing the pin, it’s still a desirable item and in otherwise excellent condition. Weight is 24.2 grams.
Price $750 (Sold)
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