That's them. My Dad had some from his days in the 8th Air Force, WWII.
The were used with the Wool/ Gabardine officers shirts which are similar
to some police shirts today
Little late here. Just began looking for stays myself, and found this thread. Also found this link: http://www.grunt.com/2-piece-metal-collar-stays/?utm_source=sgnews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nlsgA100511
I think this is what you're looking for.
I too have been looking for one peice spring loaded collar stays, also refered to as a "Spiffy".
I finally found them, ordered two and they are the correct ones, 'M" shappes with spring each side.
There are still manufactured by Reliable World Trade Co., Inc in Oakland, California; however, they apparently only sell to military uniform shops.
Individuals can order them from John Helmer, Haberdasher in Portland Oregon www.johnhelmer.com
They charge $6.00 each with no shipping charges.
While many of the replys poopooeed the idea of even wearing such a contraption, If you want your collar points sharp and staying down, this is really the best invention.
You can find them here. Actually both of the old types, both the one piece and two piece sets. This is all I have used since 1981. They are great.
I was introduced to this style of collar stay at Pennsylvania Military College in 1965. I have been using them ever since for any dress shirt I wear that does not come with it's own stay. For the last 15 years I have been able to get them on my intermittent visits to Tampa at a military supply store in the north part of downtown, but that, I found out last week, is out of business there!
Whenever I have bought them they are on the gray-blue card shown on the left even the actual product I use is shown on the red card on the right and without a card on the tan rug!
I was introduced to the 'M' shaped ones in 1965 at Pennsylvania Military College and have used them ever since. I had been using them a couple of months before being corrected (and then strenuously corrected) that th back of it goes *over* th knot of your tie; undoubtedly this is to prevent the tie from being pushed up although I do not remember that happening before I was corrected!
I've gotten them for the couple of decades at a military supply store in downtown Tampa when I visit there, but on my trip there last week I found the store gone out of business!
So, a few minutes ago, I ordered some online from Sgt. Grit!