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    Washington state, USA
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    US Army Civil War - WWII, Vietnam, Desert Storm. Secondary interest in all other branches, same time frame.
    US Army Coast Artillery, specifically Oregon and Washington items but general CA items as well.
    Dress uniforms, field uniforms, pre WWI cloth insignia, pre WWII metal insignia. Medals. Field gear, head gear, helmets, photos, paper, books etc.
    WWI, WWII German, WWII Japanese, NVA, VC, and Iraqi Desert Storm items.
    Pre WWII USCG, US Lighthouse Establishment/ Service, and US Life-Saving Service items.

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  1. Ive seen many Vietnam to 1980s uniforms with the Jungle Expert pocket patch on both the wearers left and right pockets, was there a certain regulation stating what pocket it was to be worn on or was it up to the individuals on where they placed the patch? Thanks.
  2. Was happy to have found this recently, they don't show up often. 1896 U.S. Artillery 1st Class Gunner's Badge. Authorized for wear 1897-1903. This example is engraved to the recipient, R o y H. S tone. Research shows he enlisted in the army in St. Louis, Missouri in 1904, and was sent to the Coast Defenses of Pensacola Bay (Fort Barrancas, Fort Pickens, Fort McRee) in the 15th Company, Coast Artillery Corps, where he served until discharge in 1907 as a Sgt. Though this badge was replaced by the new style 1st Class Gunner's badge in 1903, I think some may have still been worn in 1904 as that is when the original owner first enlisted from what I can find. These badges are much harder to find (especially engraved examples) than their replacements, the 1903 1st Class Gunner's badge, which was worn 1903-09.
  3. I found it at a flea market, it was when he was opening his booth in the morning and it was still in a box with other stuff, my heart about skipped a beat when I saw it. One of those things you never expect to find yet alone at a flea market.
  4. Here is one of my favorite Iraqi bring backs, Iraqi copy of our PASGT kevlar helmets with what I believe is iraqi special forces paint on the front. Got it from a vet that was in the 1st stryker brigade in Iraq, he said he found this helmet in a building in Mosul in around 2004.
  5. Thanks BEAST. No I don't have much else from this unit except a newspaper article from the time detailing the unit and it's complete roster. Hard stuff to find. I got both of the 1st WA insignia on eBay over the last year. Haven't seen any for sale locally. The U.S.V. insignia came from the last Portland ASMIC show.
  6. Recently completed this set of insignia, as an officer would wear on his collar for the 1st Washington (state) Volunteer Infantry. Formed in May 1898, the 1st WA Vol. Inf. saw action in the Philippines in 1899. The U.S.V. initials are for United States Volunteers. Insignia is all loop back, to be sewn on. One crossed rifles insignia has been modified to pinback.
  7. The 244th Coast Artillery pieces look like sweetheart jewelry. Look too small to be regular officer's collar brass, and no red enamel in the center.
  8. I saw this uniform is stamped "Baulig" too, maybe the inspector's name?? http://www.mcpheetersantiquemilitaria.com/07_uniform_hats/07_item_017.htm
  9. Nice Coast Artillery items. That's what I'd mainly look for if I could go to the show, but more Oregon and Washington related CA insignia.
  10. Here is another example of an 1885 dress blue coat with 1902 upgrades, this is a uniform from my collection. Both the uniforms shown belonged to the same 1st Sgt who served in the 30th Company at Ft Worden, WA. His 1885 coat has 1902 regulation 1st Sgt chevrons. The buttons are the 1880s style. Collar insignia would have been worn as well, but was not present when I bought the uniforms. There are indications where his service stripes would have been on his 1885 coat, so he removed those (about 1909 when I did the math on the amount of stripes present) and put them on his newly acquired 1902 dress blue uniform.
  11. There really isn't anything rare or scarce about this uniform as far as I can tell. It's worth a sum of the parts, about 400 for the tunic due to condition, another 200 for the cap and insignia. When I look at these 1885 and 1902 dress blues I prefer to have them named and researchable if I'm going to give a lot for them. Or at least have hard to find insignia combinations. I just bought an 1885 artillery dress blue coat named to a Pvt who served at Ft Stevens in Oregon from 1902-05, paid a bit, even though no insignia, though the name and company number is written inside, and I've confirmed that information with records. Being a private with one enlistment, no chevrons would have been worn, only metal US and crossed cannon collar insignia. Here is an example of a 1885 coat worn by a Coast Artillery Sgt Major from Ft Worden, WA, on display at the Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum. Note the 1902 upgrades to this uniform, consisting of new 1902 buttons, and the older style chevrons worn point up, in accordance with new 1902 regulations.
  12. These 1885 pattern dress blues were worn by the Coast Artillery til at least 1909, thus there were many upgrades to them through the early years (1902 buttons added, 1902 chevrons added, large chevrons sewn point-up as in this example, for the 1902 regulations, etc). The strange thing about it is that the first style 1st Class Gunner's patch (worn from about 1897 to 1907) is sewn upside down (should be projectile up), and it was only to be worn on the right sleeve, not the left one as shown here. The oddest thing is that there appears to be red 1902 chevrons (either one-stripe lance corporal or Cpl?) underneath the large 1870s style chevrons, I've never seen something like that before. I looked the name Baulig up and couldn't find any good source for army enlistment records indicating that name being attached to a Coast Artillery Company. And being that it lacks the collar insignia, hard to tell what company this man may have been attached to.
  13. Can't wait! And FYI for collectors in the area, there is likely not going to be any show at the Olympic Flight Museum in Olympia this year, so the Portland shows are your best chance for a local militaria show. Don't miss them!
  14. Don't see these interwar 1902 dress blues too much, this one has it all, insignia, cap, trousers, and a name. Nice uniform. Thanks for sharing.
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