Some flight patches were signed or initialed in the threads of the embroidery. These patches made by A-B Emblem and Lion Brothers were given to people who worked the flights. Below are three examples of the hallmarks. Apollo 15 was two possible hallmarks - one signed with the artist's signature above the W in Worden, the other with an upside down "15" just above the "D" in Worden. Note the silver "XV" to the right of the vectors - this is not a hallmark but the thread color can help identify the maker of the patch. Apollo 13 was signed with a yellow thread "13" in the left horse's main. Skylab 2 was initialed with an upside down red "BGL" (first letter of each last name of the crew) to the left of the left leg of Leonardo Da Vinci's man.
I do not go through the details of these hallmarks because there are several websites that cater exclusively to identifying patches.
Note: A photo does not necessarily mean I have acquired the item.
Susan N. Freeman
LAST UPDATE: 11 JUL 08