🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Military shield?

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A buddy found this today and I’ve done an hour or more of research and have no clue what it’s from or is.

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I thought it was Pacific Railroad too but haven’t seen 1 that had the stars at the top. This was the only thing that matched the design




It mentions in the article American Railway Express Company. So I’m guessing it’s just a decorative piece or maybe tied to that

I figured it would have been an easy military brass but now I’m just puzzled lol
 

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That is the federal shield with 13 stars representing the original 13 colonies. Widely used over a pretty long period of history in both military and civilian design. Will be a hard one to pin down where this came from
 
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To give you and idea of how big a date range, the design was submitted to congress in 1782 I think and accepted that day. so we can assume use came sometime shortly after. I have seen common use in design in objects well into the 1900s. so easily a 150 or so years of fairly common use.
 
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