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  2. Hello Dave, Yes the undergarments could run the limit on doing this display completely. I found a blue bunny and the price was right up there with the A-2 jacket. I think for now I'll stick with the outer garments and flight gear. Maybe as time and budget permits I'll look into the finer details. Looking at my Sweeting book "Combat Flying Clothing" The AN-H-15 and AN-H-16 were standardized in April of 1943 with the A-11 in August of 1943. Good point! If Phil said he wore the cloth helmet with the black ears, It would be the AN-H-15 for that time frame, Which would make the AN-H-16 a possibility of what my uncle wore. I currently have a X-Large A-11 that fit my head , So that will be what I'll work with for now. When I get into the finer details, I'll put the AN-H-16 and the Blue bunny suit on my bucket list. Thanks for chiming in. I do appreciate everybody's input on my project. Paul, If you are still reading this. Do you have a date on that pic of the waist gunner? So Is he wearing an A-11 or an AN-H-16 in that pic? I cropped it for a closer look and I can't tell. Stay Safe Semper Fi Phil
  3. Got this in their newsletter... this wsnt a small fire
  4. The Ruby is probably a good guess. One thing that I noticed is that the rear portion of the slide on your mystery gun (I cannot remember the exact term at the moment) appears to make almost a 90* degree angle down, which would rule out many guns such as the Walter where the back portion of the slide is more angled. I wonder if there is a German gun that might fit that profile also since he is posing next to a German plane.
  5. Charlie, I don't recognize the pistol, but the plane is a late-war model Me-109. Regards, Paul
  6. Here is a picture of the way the rank is sewn on which appears very similar. I believe the rank does match the wear of the rest of the uniform because it is well frayed around the edges and has a small moth nip. PS: thank you for the quick replies both of you!
  7. Here are close up pics of the front and back of the SSI.
  8. That's the one, I thought with the seller's pictures it was really hard to get a good opinion on the patches but that it was worth a shot and they kind of look better in person. I will post a picture in a moment but want to say that the thread on the SSI appears to match the thread on the rank. Both are sewn in a way that has black thread on the inside and red thread against the red of the patch. It appears similar to another set of tailor made dress blues that I have which are named to a marine I have been able to research.
  9. In case you have not heard, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien had a close call the other day. Thank you San Francisco firefighters for saving her from some serious trouble. https://www.mail.com/news/us/9931218-fire-destroys-warehouse-san-franciscos-fishermans.html#.23140-stage-hero1-3 Mikie
  10. Sadly they are not, I purchased the uniform from someone who thought it was a modern woman's dress blue uniform and I suspect that since they thought it was a modern uniform they just put new EGA on them. I plan to fix that error once I have caught up with all my other uniforms that require EGA. Also I am a little surprised that it would not be worth faking because I saw that as a real potential problem with dress blue uniforms such as this with no provenance. Do you think it is not worth it because if someone would take the effort to acquire a period dress blue uniform to alter they would most likely go all out and add a name and ribbons to it to increase the value?
  11. Russ, Really beautiful Robbins wings! Your four examples of the first-type (large) Robbins wings neatly illustrate how Robbins, despite being a large manufacturer, hand finished each and every badge. I'm sure they gave it scarce thought at the time, but what a prize for us collectors 100 years later. Even though all Robbins badges of a given type are struck from the same die, each will have slight variation due to their hand embellished nature. As your photos so wonderfully show; a collector could have any number of Robbins made wings and each one is likely to exhibit subtle expressions of the individual jewelry artists who finished each piece. Thanks again for adding such wonderful examples to this discussion. Chris
  12. She survived D-Day but came close to trouble 76 years later. Thank you San Francisco firefighters! https://www.mail.com/news/us/9931218-fire-destroys-warehouse-san-franciscos-fishermans.html#.23140-stage-mmm1-2
  13. I saw this one on eBay too, it was under the title "USMC Women's Dress Blues" if i remember correctly. I thought it was pretty good, although the patch made me raise an eyebrow too. What does the outline on the inside of the sleeve look like if you put the jacket inside out? The shoulder patches don't seem to match the wear of the jacket as much I believe. Hunt
  14. Brian, May I get some specs on this tarp also. I would love to find one myself. But a repro may have to do for the time being. Thanks, Chris
  15. With no name, no medals, no ribbons, it would hardly be worthwhile to fake one of these, I think. Are the collar emblems period?
  16. Hello, I am wondering if any knowledgeable individuals on the forum could help me judge the authenticity of this 3rd Marine Dress blue uniform I found recently. The jacket is a private purchase example and appears to have once been named but is too faded to read making ID impossible. The threads seem to pass the black light test and don't glow, and there is evidence that it once had a ribbon bar attached and actually saw some use. Is there anything else that I should look for to determine whether this is authentic or a put together? Additionally, I am a little concerned about the patch, it is embroidered twill which I know I have seen in examples of for other marine divisions however I cannot seem to locate a picture of one from the 3rd Marine division online to compare it to. This is probably just an algorithm failure from google but its worth asking is this a ww2 era patch?
  17. Welp I pretty much feel this liner then dates to the early mid 50s.
  18. What kind of a liner is it, WWII, Korea, or mid 50s? It might date before the Ordnance Center and School shoulder patch came out in late1956, usually the decal of a crest was on one side and the patch was on the other, the DI for the Ord Cntr & Sch came out way before that, 1940 when it was called the U.S. Ordnance School.
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