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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. Nice photos of Crisp. He sure had a heck of a military career. Thanks for sharing.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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?
  5. 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
  6. Rear Admiral Richard O. Crisp. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49172470/richard-owens-crisp
  7. 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
  8. Soldier in Philippines in 1910s, with pith helmet. Wagoner patch, worn 1910-20.
  9. FriscoHare, very nice job on the thorough analysis of this uniform. I think many people look at collecting uniforms differently. I have my own niche of focusing on Pacific Northwest Coast Artillery items, and if I go for a uniform, I almost always make sure it is named, and if it is named, then see if I can verify the name by research. That works for me.
  10. This photo, from "The Service of Coast Artillery" by Hines & Ward (1910), shows a gun telephone installed in an early niche on an emplacement wall, alongside a telautograph. Early large caliber (8" and up) gun batteries (built 1890s-about 1905) had niches built into them for the fire control communications instruments (telautographs and telephones). The early telephones in these niches were "portable artillery" type telephones. When they phased out of use, being replaced by simpler gun telephones, the gun telephone often went in its place. Then in about 1911 when the new 1910 system-wi
  11. Drawing of gun telephone box with new metal cased phone (called EE-75) from a 1930s Fire Control manual, and a clear photo of the new metal cased phone in gun telephone box (not sure on exact source of this image).
  12. Early style gun telephone box formerly on Battery Pratt (two 6-inch disappearing guns) emplacement no. 1 at Fort Stevens, Oregon (has been removed for safekeeping). Note side rails for mounting early wood cased telephone on. This differed from newer iron boxes that had four studs for mounting new style metal cased phones, as shown on the original example in the post.
  13. Gun telephone information from the updated Signal Corps Manual No. 8 in 1914 (titled: Installation and Maintenance of Fire Control Systems at Seacoast Fortifications). And a clearer photo showing the early style wood cased gun telephone.
  14. Gun telephone information (also a photo collage of other telephone equipment) from Manual No. 8 Apparatus for Fire Control and Direction of the U.S. Signal Corps (1906). The 1904 Fire Control equipment manual has an older style of telephone that were installed in niches on gun batteries in the early days (1900s), so I'm thinking the gun telephone with cast iron box came out about 1905.
  15. Telephone case lid after carefully removing everything to prepare for restoration. Some of those screws were a pain but with a lot of work and patience got them loose! And pic of data plate cleaned up.
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