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SymbolArts is the nation’s leading supplier of handmade dog tags in any style. Featuring high relief and vivid colors, our dog tags are made with the latest state-of-the-art equipment. They are available in imitation hard enamel, soft enamel, and more. We provide all types of finishes including gold, nickel, copper, bronze, antique gold, antique silver, antique copper, antique bronze, satin gold, satin nickel, silver, black nickel, and more.
Dog tags are commonly found in the military/medical fields and are widely used as ID tags to medical alert tags. Today, dog tags are widely used among all types of organizations.
All of our products are custom designed to meet your individual needs.
Due to the custom nature of every individual order, we do not include pricing on our website. Instead we ask that you give us a call at 801-475-6000 to ensure you get the best pricing available.
History of Dog Tags
During the Civil War, soldiers used various methods of tagging themselves for purposes of identification in the event of death on the battle field. Many wrote their names on paper tags and pinned them to their clothing. Some made tags out of wood with carved holes at the end to be worn as a necklace. Coins were also smoothed over and engraved with their name and unit number.
Metal military dog tags originated during World War I. Tags manufactured between 1941 and the early 1970’s had a notch in one end. It is a myth that the notch was used to wedge between the teeth of fallen soldiers. The notch was actually needed to keep the tag in place on the machine that was used to stamp the military personel’s surname (follwed by initials), service number, branch of service, blood type and religion (if desired by the individual). The process for stamping the tags has changed, and the notch is no longer needed.