M 1955 Army or Air Force general hat badge, mid 1950s - early 1960s.
Gilded brass, enamel; two-piece construction; 35.5 mm tall. Much more substantial and nicer quality than the more recent generals badges in aluminum.
In very fine overall condition. The enamel has a chip on the lower left arm of the star, well preserved on the other arms. The gilt is nice and bright and the star sits tight on the starburst. /Kutsenko, Hat Badges, fig. 22 p. 7/