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Old 22-11-20, 01:14 AM
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Default Para Berets Eyelet Oddity

I have noticed on several para berets that the paint of one of the eyelets seems to have been deliberately removed, revealing brass underneath. I was wondering if any of the forum members would have an explanation. Would it be something which relates to some sort of tradition in the Parachute Regiment? I haven't seen the same on other army berets.
See the photos below of three different berets with the same characteristic. It doesn't seem to be a coincidence.
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Old 22-11-20, 02:08 AM
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Not familiar with such berets but I wonder if the eyelets are painted or if they have a plastic like covering/coating that could just have come away? Regards, Paul.
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Old 22-11-20, 06:35 PM
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with lack of primer on the brass and surface contamination, paint loss is inevitable.
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Old 24-11-20, 11:53 PM
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Sure thing, these eyelets are painted and coated. It's quite common to see paint chips on these but in the examples posted, the owner deliberately cleaned up the whole surface. I guess no particular meaning other than appearance?
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I haven't seen the same on other army berets.
Going overe my reference files I found a couple more. Usually one covering missing but sometimes both both wartime and post-war examples. None were used by the Parachute Regiment.

I think it is just made a bit fragile.
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Old 28-11-20, 07:05 AM
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With painted brass, a small chip in the paint will allow tarnishing and that will spread under the paint until it flakes off, probably not done purposefully.
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Old 29-11-20, 11:36 PM
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Thanks for your contributions.
Conclusion: no particular meaning, not specific to para berets
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