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  1. Oh wow, thanks for sharing those pictures, very awesome. Yes, hoping to avoid starting ANOTHER collection!
  2. Thanks for the reply. Didn't realize two different eras, but that's ok. The rifleman does have Manoil on the base (was hard to read, now know what I'm looking for). Thanks
  3. Picked these up in an antique shop yesterday. Have seen some like these numerous times, but never the flag bearer, so had to pick up this pair yesterday. But don't know anything about when or where these were made. Can anyone help?
  4. Agree post Civil War. This button dates to the 1890's. I got that from some of the button reference books on backmarks/manufacturers. Albert's book is GREAT, but can only get you close with the type/style of button. There are too many manufacturer variations on a common post-Civil War button like this one. This style was used post Civil War thru the change in US Army button to the Great Seal button in 1902. IDing the backmark gets you the rest of the way. See some of the button book references I have listed in a separate thread I wrote on buttons, link in my signature line. David
  5. I went in the Air Force in 1979. Had white on blue in Basic. Almost immediately converted to subdued (blue on green), wearing that thru the 1980's. My drill sergeant had actually already converted to subdued. A mix on our flight picture in October 1979.
  6. I echo aznation's assessment that this is a button from Maine. Probably worn late 1800's/early 1900's. State Seal buttons were popular for state militia units (and sometimes state officials) prior to the standardization of US Army buttons in 1902. The backmark is Jacob Reed's Sons / Phila, maker of many such State Seal buttons for several states. dag
  7. This would be a pre-1941 US Navy button. There was a "Heiberger/Washington", might be it. If so this would be Francis J. Heiberger & Co. Dates late 1800's thru 1930.
  8. Agree with TheMariner. The top one (can't read the backmark), which is US Army, is the only one of quality to be true military.
  9. Very awesome display. Something to be proud of, both your relative's service, and your memorial to him. And I learned something too, I don't remember ever seeing the AF badge worn on a flight cap either while I was in the AF, but there were lots of variations on where/how things were worn over the years, especially out in the field. Thanks for sharing. David
  10. I have the Bicentennial Edition. I'm not sure there is a difference with other editions, other than different printing dates, I could be wrong. But if there is a newer edition, may have some buttons incorporated in the right place in the book that were just lumped in a supplement at the end of the book in the Bicentennial Ed.
  11. Was trying to re-show the division patch but can't seem to do so...
  12. VERY COOL! Thanks for sharing. I always thought it interesting that the 30th division patch was sometimes side-ways in WWI compared to WWII and into modern times.
  13. Per Transportation Uniform Buttons Volume 3 Maritime and Aviation, by Donald Van Court, International Mercantile Marine Company. Reference number 84/12. Organized 1900, Greatly reduced after bankruptcy in 1913 and World War I. It "disappeared corporately" into the United States Line in 1942.
  14. Wondering if you have heard back from "Relicman" Harry Ridgeway, I agree that he is a good resource on buttons (buying and identifying). If you haven't seen it already he has a backmark reference section on his website, with this manufacturer at the link below, looks like your buttons have the "Scovill500" backmark about half way down this page. http://relicman.com/buttons/Button9901-Backmark-Scovill000.html
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