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Old 08-22-2008, 12:51 AM   #2
W.Unland is offline
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Very early eagles have some strange design characteristics while later eagles seem to be fairly standardized. It seems that when the regulations were formulated no specific designs were supplied and makers were left to interpret the standards as best they could. This resulted in some rather bizarre looking eagles. This photo shows one of the earliest designs. The lack of details in the head, "coke bottle" shape, and use of two different styles of leaves in the wreath are unique to this early design.

Early eagles also tend to have parallel "ribbons" at the bottom of the wreath as opposed to the "X" seen on later versions.
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