Rare & Beautiful 1919 Bronze USS California Launching Badge from Mare Island Navy Yard
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Rare & Beautiful 1919 Bronze USS California Launching Badge from Mare Island Navy Yard

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ARTIFACT: This Beautiful Launching Medal is from the launch of the USS California (BB-44), a Tennessee-class battleship constructed by Mare Island Naval Shipyard, based in Vallejo, California. The USS California served as the flagship of the Pacific Fleet for twenty years. Is was sunk in the attack on Pearl Harbor, but was quickly salvaged, repaired, and relaunched to join WWII. The USS California was a very influential ship during its life, playing a key role in the Battle of Surigao Strait. This medal is in excellent condition. This medal was manufactured in such a way, as to be able to be used as a watch fob by the owner. 

VINTAGE: Circa 1919.

SIZE: Approximately 1-15/16" in height x 1- 1/4" in width.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Bronze.

ATTACHMENT: To be attached to a watch via a leather belt.

MARKINGS: Front: U.S.S. CALIFORNIA. LAUNCHED NOV. 20-1919. NAVY YARD MARE ISLAND CALIF.

Back: MADE BY. F.J. BIJCHART. DIE SINKING DEPT. MARE. IS. NAVY. YD.

ITEM NOTES: This is from a United States Navy Shipyard Launching collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VBJX16 LBDEX01/17 SBDEX08/20

CONDITION: 8+ (Excellent): Very minimal oxidization. So many of the small details on this medal remain, making for a stunning piece from the rope and bear on the front to the crossed flags and poppy flowers on the back.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.