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Old March 22 2013, 06:01 PM   #1
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Constellation Patch

From the William Theiss estate, sold some years ago (not to me dammit!)



Looks to be a weave thingy (technical term) over gold lame with silver border stitching. Just like the Starfleet emblem that can still be found in craft stores, this patch seems to be based on readily available and inexpensive items.
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Old March 22 2013, 08:59 PM   #2
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I looks like it originally had two pointed parts and they ended up folding the lower half underneath to truncate it making it more narrow.
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Old March 23 2013, 01:17 AM   #3
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Re: Constellation Patch

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From the William Theiss estate, sold some years ago (not to me dammit!)



Looks to be a weave thingy (technical term) over gold lame with silver border stitching. Just like the Starfleet emblem that can still be found in craft stores, this patch seems to be based on readily available and inexpensive items.
Wow, I would like to have that myself.
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Old March 23 2013, 02:08 AM   #4
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Re: Constellation Patch

The thing is as seen on a grainy CRT television it could look like anything depending on your imagination. The Starfleet insignia looks like a glittering stylized starburst or nova. It's only under good resolution that it looks like a flower.
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Old March 23 2013, 02:43 AM   #5
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To me it always looked like a breakfast toaster pastry I used to eat as a kid.
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Old March 23 2013, 05:30 AM   #6
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I should also give credit where it's due: Thanks Star Trek Prop Authority!


http://www.startrekpropauthority.com...starfleet.html
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Old March 23 2013, 07:31 AM   #7
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Re: Constellation Patch

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I looks like it originally had two pointed parts and they ended up folding the lower half underneath to truncate it making it more narrow.
Yeah. The back reveals its evolution, from a crude idea to a slightly-less crude finished symbol.
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Old March 23 2013, 07:38 AM   #8
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To me it always looked like a breakfast toaster pastry I used to eat as a kid.
I always thought it looked like a pretzel.
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Old March 23 2013, 10:15 AM   #9
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To me it always looked like a breakfast toaster pastry I used to eat as a kid.
I always thought it looked like a pretzel.
To me it looked like a cursive capital I.

If this symbol had been assigned to the Intrepid, people would have cried Racist, because it also looks like a pointed ear.
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Old March 23 2013, 04:17 PM   #10
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This is what the patch may have looked like unfolded:

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Old March 23 2013, 05:52 PM   #11
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This is what the patch may have looked like unfolded:

Thanks...I was trying to visualize that.
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Old March 23 2013, 06:44 PM   #12
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One of the things that facinates me about TOS is how they found cost effective solutions that (at least back then) looked so "uncheap."

The TOS production team was truly superb; this is yet another example. I always figured the patches worn on the uniforms were some highly stylized, esoteric things.... and after all these years to find out they were low cost off the shelf items found in craft shops, etc. ... My admiration is even greater than before to think they could make a silk purse out of a sows ear so well!
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Old March 23 2013, 06:56 PM   #13
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One of the things that facinates me about TOS is how they found cost effective solutions that (at least back then) looked so "uncheap."
You can thank the poor quality of the 1960's TV screens for that.
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Old March 23 2013, 07:04 PM   #14
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One of the things that facinates me about TOS is how they found cost effective solutions that (at least back then) looked so "uncheap."
You can thank the poor quality of the 1960's TV screens for that.
When you watch old Doctor Who serials from the 1960's and then switch to the original Star Trek, the latter suddenly looks like a big-budget production.
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Old March 23 2013, 07:08 PM   #15
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When you watch old Doctor Who serials from the 1960's and then switch to the original Star Trek, the latter suddenly looks like a big-budget production.
Oh, I agree. TOS special effects were excellent for the 60's, probably the best sci-fi effects for their time. In fact, I've seen some Doctor Who episodes from the 70's and 80's that can't touch Trek's effects from the 60's.
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