May 2, 2009
I’m at a local show and had a guy say he has a medallion that was issued to the guys that carried the spruce guns. He didn’t have it with him but asked if I was interested but I never hears of one. I thought someone here could shed some light on this. Question is, did they have a medallion for the spruce gun? what would it be worth? and does any body have a picture of one?
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Believe you are referencing the “Loyal Legion Of Loggers and Lumbermen” medallion (actually a 1 1/4″ hat pin) that was struck by the Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, NJ and authorized by the Secretary of War. These were civilian loggers and lumber-workers that were employed circa 1916-1918 in harvesting Western Spruce in Washington and Oregon for use in manufacturing biplanes employed by the U.S., France and Great Britain during WWI.
There is a good picture of the medallion in my article entitled “Martially Marked Winchester Model 1894 Carbines – The Spruce Guns” on page 19, Summer issue of 2005 “The Winchester Collector”.
The value run $50 – $75 each if you can find one!
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