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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.
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  1. Don't see the 1902 enlisted dress blues for Engineers very much, very cool photo. Army 1902 pattern dress blues replaced the 1885 pattern dress blue uniform, and were worn from the early 1900s til 1916.
  2. BEAST, I've kept an eye out for this since you first asked this question. The only ones I've seen since then are two types of crossed cannons for the 1st Massachusetts Artillery on ebay (pictured). Definitely don't see the artillery marked with state abbreviations as much as infantry insignia. The older one with the "1" in center is 1895 pattern I believe, and the set with the "1" above the cannons looks to be the 1904/05 pattern cannons. The same seller had these on ebay.
  3. 1881 dress helmet with 1885 dress blue coat. The collar, cuffs, shoulder straps, and piping of the coats were the color of the individual branch of service. White for infantry, red for artillery, yellow for cavalry, etc.
  4. Good question sundance, I am not sure, I will have to look into that! Thanks.
  5. Here are some images I just took of my restored gun telephone metal case. The guts haven't been restored, just the metal case. Also shown is my EE-70 headset (missing an ear cup and the mouth horn for the transmitter though).
  6. Nice photos of Crisp. He sure had a heck of a military career. Thanks for sharing.
  7. For anyone interested, here is a thread discussing the use of "USRS" and "USRC". It seems it stood for both US Receiving Ship and US Revenue Steamer (maybe even US Revenue [Cutter] Service) at different times.
  8. In the case of the two USRS marked tallies in this post, they both appear to stand for "US Receiving Ship." The USS Wyandotte was a Civil War era monitor that was used as a Receiving Ship from 1879-1885. The USS Passaic was a Civil War era monitor used as a Receiving Ship from 1878-1882. Both vessels were Receiving Ships in Washington, D.C. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Wyandotte_(1864) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Passaic_(1862)
  9. Interesting research everyone. I picked up a wooden block (for block and tackle) stamped "USRS" last year. Would like to think it's from the Revenue Cutter Service. Other option would be "US Receiving Ship" but "US Receiving Ship" isn't really an organization, like the Revenue Cutter Service was, hence less chance for equipment from a Receiving Ship to be marked USRS?
  10. Note on this Sampson Medal for the Cutter Morrill, it says "USRC Morrill." Images from Worth Point. In the description, it says "The medal for the [USRC] Morrill was not authorized until "Phase II" in 1906." I'm not a big Sampson medal expert, but I would think the "USRS Windom" marked medal came out first in 1901, and then maybe the designation for the Revenue Cutter Service was changed on the medals to show "USRC"??? Just an interesting comparison I noticed. https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/sampson-medal-revenue-cutter-morrill-1891842002
  11. Rear Admiral Richard O. Crisp. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49172470/richard-owens-crisp
  12. Awesome medal. Here is the history for the USRS (US Revenue Cutter Service) Cutter Windom: https://www.history.uscg.mil/Browse-by-Topic/Assets/Water/All/Article/2295535/windom-1896-later-comanche/ "The Revenue Cutter Service's 1897 Annual Report noted that the cutter Windom, a revenue cutter completed in 1896 at the Iowa Iron Works in Dubuque, Iowa, was one of the first attempts by the Service at constructing a "modern" ship, with a fully watertight hull, longitudinal and transverse bulkheads and a triple-expansion steam propulsion capable of making up to 15 knots. She was accepted b
  13. Soldier in Philippines in 1910s, with pith helmet. Wagoner patch, worn 1910-20.
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