Here's you chance to own a one-of-a-kind, possible prototype design vintage patch...
Being in the patch collection hobby for quite a few years and amassing 10's of thousands of pieces, it's not uncommon to run across something from time-to-time that is VERY HARD to identify. However, with enough research and commitment I can usually find out the origin/meaning of a rare patch.
This specimen has flummoxed me time and again however. I have never found an online reference to one like it. I've probably spent 12 hours of time (over multiple sessions) trying to identify what it is and it's significance to no avail thus far.
Through my own research and feedback from others (thanks so much for your input!) I "suspect" the following:
It's not a military or morale patch due to the lack of markings, unit identifications, branch of service and so on.
It was possibly made in the mid-1960s, but that's just an educated guess.
It is likely an emblem that was never mass produced. I have had maybe half-a-dozen of such pieces throughout the years that were proof-of-concept patches that never got past the prototyping phase.
I know that it continues to hold my interest and the more that I look and can't find any info, the more I am intrigued....
It's definitely a beautiful and well-made piece and definitely extremely rare!
If ANYONE who views this listing can shed any additional light as to the origin/meaning of the patch I would be very appreciative!
Thanks so much!
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Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
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Most of our items are vintage, so we usually cannot accommodate any request to customize an item to your preference. However, we can be on the lookout for an item you desire and let you know if we run across it in the future.
Please also understand that since these items are vintage, they may in fact show a little sign of wear, aging, or slight discoloration. If we list something as New Old Stock (NOS) or new, it will be in excellent condition. Any other characterization is subject to having some visible signs of degradation.
***APPLICATION OF IRON-ON PATCHES***
Most customers have success applying iron-on patches to their garments, however due to the age of some vintage patches and differences between manufacturers some people prefer to sew the patches on for a more secure application. Just keep in mind for vintage items that the glue is older and the fabric more susceptible to damage when handling.
But here is a general guide for applying iron-on patches.
Step 1: Set your hand iron at the hottest temperature setting. DO NOT USE STEAM DURING APPLICATION!
Step 2: Place your applique or embroidered patch in the desired position and place a pressing cloth (such as a handkerchief, sheet or pillowcase fabric) over top.
Step 3: Press the iron straight down for 35-45 seconds with as much constant pressure as possible. NO BACK AND FORTH.
Step 4: Turn the garment inside-out and repeat steps 2 & 3.
Step 5: Allow the applique or embroidered patch to cool down.