Hello Friends, I just picked this up at a show today. It appears to be a pith helmet plate similar in construction to the type used by the Spanish Army in the Philippines. It is brass and measures 3.5 inches tall and 2.75 inches wide (9 cm x 7 cm). It has a flat brass clip in the back like those found on the Spanish plates. There is a maker's mark "CRISPULO ZAMORA", a famous Philippine insignia maker. So, here is were I need your help. Does anyone recognize this plate? What organization used it? Is it Spanish, Republican Philippine or American Philippine; Army or Police? You comments and help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! ¡Viva España! Bill Combs
Post by ERICH BANZON on Apr 23, 2012 4:01:21 GMT -5
hi, i just want to share that I have a religious carro, silver engraved by Mr. Crispulo Zamora, his engraved name was riveted on the side and on top, this carro was from my grandparents Don Manuel Banzon... i will post the pic. later im from Bataan. erich 09275269959
It does represent the insignia of the Phil. Department. Zamora was in business from at least the early 1920's, but seems to have gone out of business after the war. They produced all types of badges and insignia for the military and civilian market. I believe this may be a private purchase money clip.
Post by friscohare on Aug 28, 2012 23:31:33 GMT -5
Interesting theory on the money clip. I've been pouring though early 1920s PS images and could not find a pith helmet that could hold this type of plate. I also wondered if it could be hung off of a Sam Browne or parade belt.
Regardless, it is an interesting and gorgeous bronze plate for sure. Brilliant detail.
Also, the Phil. Dept. insignia was approved on July 8, 1922. Crispulo Zamora passed away in October 1922. It makes me wonder if this is one of the last things he engraved before he passed.
Hi again! Actually, it would appear that Zamora had a good number of employees and of course the firm continued on afterwards. I still believe this to be something more in the order of a money clip. Certainly not any kind of official military accoutrement.