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  1. Appreciate it... You see the cloth patch equivalent regularly, from WW2 Era, but have never seen the metal insignia in images as worn, and these are clearly 1950s manufacture. Thanks, Rich
  2. Can anyone ID the Branch, Period/Range Used, and basic job/MOS criteria for this insignia. Officers Equip. Co. Madison NJ marked, but likely made by Blackinton for this distributor in the 1950s. (These are New/Old Stock from a long closed Army/Navy shop in Chicago.) Cap Size is 2" x 1-5/8", Labels? are 13/16" x 5/8" approx. I understand they are likely Civilian, but who did they work with primarily... and have seen these before, but for some reason can not find the details again. Thanks, Rich
  3. Yes, A Classic Early WW2 Era PH Lapel Button. RW
  4. That Ribbon Bar is a French Made Private Purchase. "Bte S.G.D.G." is an abbreviation for a typical phrase concerning products from France. "Bte" is short for "breveté" (="patented") and " S.G.D.G." stands for "Sans Garantie Du Gouvernement" (="without government guarantee") And the DSC is a Reribboned Original Strike Planchet & Ring it appears, with what looks to be a Victory Medal Brooch... RW
  5. Anybody have any information on this one? Embroidered Cut-Edge on Twill Base. Appears to be Original WW2 Era construction. (Civilian Contractor, Skunkworks? Communications?) Approx. 2-7/8" Across, Nothing Glows... Thanks, Rich
  6. 8) WW2 Era or ?? USN 1st CL Aviation MM, Blue Wool Base, Bullion Crow Etc., Applied Gold Tape Chevrons. Was this Pre-War, Wartime, or Post?? 9) Similar Era to the 1948 Underwater Mech. ?? Same Construction, USN 1st CL Lithographer, Blue Wool Base, Embr. Crow Etc., Applied Applied Red Wool Chevrons. My understanding is that this Rate wasn't in play until 1948? My question is When were the Applied Wool Chevrons phased out?? 10) WW2 Midshipman ?? Earlier, Wartime, Later? Or do the Stars Denote the later Master Chief hierarchy? I have matching 1st & 2nd Classes without stars.
  7. Here are a couple of more nice WW2 Naval Aviation... These will all be offered for sale, but not sure on format yet. There is good interest, and want to be fair to both sides. I do appreciate the help and interest. 6) WW2 Era USN CPO Aviation Metalsmith, Av. Green Base, Bullion Crow Etc., Wool Applied Chevrons. Nice UnCut Rate. When did they start this style of Bullion, Backing, and Chevron? 7) WW2 Era USN 1st CL Aviation Enlisted Pilot, White Twill Base, Embr. Crow Etc., Applied Twill Chevrons. When did they start using the Small Reverse Anchor , Dates, Etc., and understand a Manufacturer Mark?
  8. One thing I first noticed in the Early Apprentice (#2) is that it is noticeably smaller than a typical WW2 Era. Crow Wingtip to Wingtip (as well as Chevron Width) is only 2-1/8" approx. Does that help date it? On the #1 QM Rate, has anyone seen the Black Crow on anything similar? Thanks, RW
  9. David, Appreciate the detailed response, and while I'm a fairly quick study, primarily a medal guy still, but always find something interesting in the learning curve. I'll continue to dig through this lot to see if there is something of interest for you. Best Regards, RW
  10. 5) WW2 Era CPO Diamond W (Chaplain's Assist.??), Khaki Base, Embr. Crow Etc., Fully EMBROIDERED Chevrons, with a Stamped 1943 Date on Reverse. Am I Correct of Age, as I understood the Embroidered Navy Chevrons came after 1948?? (Althought the Army was certainly using similar during war...) I'd also assume this is not a common Rate as well... or was the W used more widely, like some of the Letters?
  11. I am working on a large collection of over 100 different USN-Marine, and Even a UnUsual US Coast & GeoSurvey from the 20s, and looking to share some information, as well as gaining some further knowledge. I have already had one Great Navy Vet & Rate Collector from the Forum offer some assistance, which has been greatly appreciated... 1) An Odd Black Crow CPO QM, Blue Wool Base, Embr. Crow & QM, Applied Red Wool Chevrons. Age/Era? What does Black Crow notate? 2) WW1 Era ?? CPO Apprentice?, Blue Wool Base, Right Facing Embr. Crow & Knot, Applied Course Red Wool Chevrons. Age/Era & Rate Confirmation?? 3) WW2 Era USMC CPO?? Aviation Elect. Mate, Av. Green Base, Bullion Crow Etc., Red Wool Applied Chevrons. Am I Correct of Age & Marine ?? 4) 1948 Underwater Mechanic PO 1st Class, Blue Wool Base, Embr. Crow & Diver, Applied Red Wool Chevrons. Minty & Looks Great, but what is the Relative Rarity, compared to something like the U.S. GeoSurv. Wireless Operator from a separate post??
  12. From the image, it doesn't look erased and renamed, but would like to know if there is a number, or any evidence of having a number... RW
  13. Adam, I have a similar medal, that appears to be Self Awarded to a WW1 Era Vet. Same Contract PH, UnNumbered, but the engraving on the medal I have is done in the standard format, and correct Font & Point Size, with some slight variance. But in the research, there were No Award Cards to be found for any decorations, and the transport records show him as being in a different unit than claimed. The medal I have was engraved a long while back, and would fool the majority. I have seen examples of BB&B Strikes that are UnNumbered and UnNamed, guessing that BB&B Sold these in their retail outlets as Private Purchase Replacement or Wearer Copies... Not sure if Medal Arts had retail outlets, but strong possibility there were UnNumbered Overstocks... I have also seen other Renamed PH Examples, similar to what you find in British Medals. As others asked, is your example With or Without a Number, and while it doesn't appear so from the image, is there any sign of erasure and renaming? RW
  14. Actually Bill is correct, marked the line below it in haste.... Obviously wasn't intentional. No. 8460: PFC F. Brown, Battery B, 6th Field Artillery
  15. No.8460 issued to "F. Brown PFC Company A, 17th Inf." according to Gleim Index. RW
  16. That is NOT a WW2 Era USN DSM.... Wrong Brooch, Wrong Ribbon, Wrong Planchet. (Original WW2 Strikes have a distinctive beveled edge to start...) More likely a recent strike that someone put a slot brooch on, and put in a 1950s-60s Era Clear Plastic case... Regards, Rich
  17. And this is an example of a 16th Infantry Regiment Award, showing how the devices were correctly mounted, with Divisional Insignia at top of knot, and unit device below... In the Marine Corps examples the EGA would go below the the 2nd Division Indian Head.
  18. Complete Set of WW1 French Croix de Guerre Devices for all U.S. Units Awarded, Including a Blank Original USMC Authorization Card, and a Period U.S. Made Wool Cord that was used for these devices when issued. I have seen these issued from the 1920's into the WW2 Era. While none are common, Some of these devices are Exceptionally hard to find...
  19. Wanted to post up a couple of examples of some pretty rare Croix de Guerre Forragere related items for the group here before selling the items. I'll start with this example of a Belgian Croix de Guerre Forragere made specifically for the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Inf. Division. In over 30 yrs. of collecting I don't remember seeing another. It is beautifully done, overseas style made in a heavy silky woolen woven cording, with a heavy brass pencil, with the unit devices tightly applied...
  20. I would 100% Agree... Keep at Home. While not knowing the type and value of your collection (And Don't Disclose that here...), I would also talk with your family insurance agent. Most of this stuff is not covered without proper riders to policies if it has value over typical home contents. Every policy is different, but if it falls into jewelry, collectibles, antiques, firearms, it can be another game. Also, as always, store in Clean, DRY, Cool Environment. Assuming you weren't bringing the following to school, but If you have Blades and Firearms, always a good idea to wipe down with fine oil (Made for Guns and Knives...) when stored. Good Luck at School, Rich
  21. Obviously very similar, but is a different strike/maker... Have you seen many variants of this one? Is the reverse side similar as example I posted?
  22. It could simply be "Dress Up"... I was thinking of something like Leadership Tabs, in a similar Green Color, but probably a stretch. In WW2 AAF Crew would use Blue Felt-Cloth Backgrounds on their Wings to designate/differentiate themselves for Combat Flight Service. As the Occupation Forces had a bit more time and local access on their hands, the "Custom Made" stuff was in high fashion. I will backtrack a bit on the last 3 of my badges definitely being from the Late 60s-Early 70s, as I did find some comments elsewhere on very similar badges being made in the late '50s in the US. The ones I have above are Positively Not the currently made restrikes of poor quality you see all over eBay, etc. So I'll call them Late Occupation/Cold War/Vietnam Era... How's that for covering bases? RW
  23. The very 1st Badge in this thread is most certainly Japanese Made, and most likely in the 1950s... Still would like to know what the Green Felt was meant for? As Vets actually wore these, albeit UnAuthorized, I consider this stuff Period Theater Made Insignia, and part of a broad range of KW Era Custom/Private Purchase Insignia. Some interesting and beautiful stuff.... On the Later Trio here, I am not sure what to call these, but most likely Vietnam Era manufacture, and possibly in the U.S., although a ton of similar stuff, pocket badges, etc. was being done in Korea for U.S. Service Member consumption. Everything from Loosely Authorized Unit Insignia to Pure Novelty items... As there are some minor differences in construction, finish, and enamel color, I would guess more than one maker, or so crude a manufacturing process that Asian manufacture is likely. I've had these for over 25 yrs., as I started collecting CIBs and Variants a while back. To be honest I haven't played with the stuff for quite a while, but do appreciate this area of collecting, and glad to see a number of passionate folks getting into it. Thanks, Rich
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