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  1. Nice find! The 318th Engineer Regiment was assigned to the 6th Division. It published a unit magazine after the armistice that has a roster in it, and has some other information that would be of interest to you. Best, ww1buff
  2. I am going to break ranks here and say that's probably not a military pin at all, but a religious one. The Christian cross is in the background and an anchor symbolizing strong faith, with what might be a heart superimposed on it. Its also not being worn as any type of rank or insignia, but in a location that shows its personal rather than official. Just my guess.
  3. Does anyone know the originator of this thread? His profile shows as inactive. I'm finishing up a book om Belgian medals to Americans, so I would like to talk with him.
  4. ww1buff

    Shoulder Cords

    GAZOO, You have posted photos of a French Fourragere from the interwar period. It is most likely of French manufacture. The "pink" is actually a faded red for the colors of the Croix de Guerre (red & green.). When we started accepting awards of the Fourragere, there were no U.S. manufacturers, so we bought them from the French. That style (with the 2 outer loops) appears to have been phased out by WWII. Fourrageres officially issued during WWII and later lacked the outer loops. Oral tradition is that the loops were only worn outside the shoulder if a soldier was in a unit on both occasions the unit was cited and thus earned the Fourragere as a personal award. There is photographic evidence that seems to support this. And as the number of WWI A.E.F. veterans on active duty declined, eventually the 2 outer loops were removed altogether.
  5. ww1buff

    Shoulder Cords

    I'm actually finishing up a book on Unit Awards to Organizations in the American Expeditionary Forces. This is a very misunderstood topic, and I hope to correct a lot of the misinformation that is out there. It will only cover WWI unit awards, but will have all of the official citations and a lot of material about how the whole process evolved during the war. PM me if you are interested in details about the book and for advance purchase options.
  6. I;ve got them in many different colors. Some are opaque, some translucent. Mine appear to have b have been some factory test pieces, as some are numbered (scratched on the reverse.).
  7. avigo, Elmer's would probably be the easiest to get and is safe to use. It is only slightly acidic, but for wood and paper, this is not enough to cause a problem. If you want to, you can find pH neutral glue online, or you can even get a higher grade of wood glue if you have a carpenter's shop around (maybe even a Lowe's/Home Depot. I would not recommend Gorilla Glue though. Find something that is water soluble (when wet) like Elmer's and you should be OK. ww1buff
  8. Not a military dog tag. I can't see the other items clearly enough to tell if there may be a connection to them. ww1buff
  9. Personally, I applaud nchs for their integrity in clearly listing their items as repros. However, the very best practice in these regards is to permanently label the item itself as a "REPRO" so that there are no future questions when these items pass from hand-to-hand down the road. Another "best practice" when making reproduction patches is to make them fully or at least partially (i.e. some of the embroidery) out of modern or non-era materials so that when they are tested, they are obviously spotted as being recently manufactured. ww1buff
  10. Yes, it is an enlisted medic's belt. 10 pockets, all for field dressings, as opposed to the officers version that carried other medical treatment items as well. Are the letters N.S.D.? or N.S.O.? If you have your father's service records and know his unit, that could help trying to figure out the stencil. If he was a corpsman, the "N" could be Naval. Possible the "S" could be Sanitary. "D" of course could be for Detachment. These are just guesses based on the fact that it is a medical belt that may have belonged to a Navy Corpsman.
  11. It is likely that the seller might be unaware that the patch is a repro. Sellers are not necessarily experts in everything that they sell--and they are not required to be as long as they don't misrepresent an item. Most folks who find a military patch will do basic internet research and ID the unit and won't know if it is a "real" patch or a "reproduction," and the line between real/reproduction based on when and where the item was manufactured sometimes can get blurry That's the type of specialized knowledge that subject matter experts possess, and it is what makes this forum so valuable, especially for the novice collector. Thanks, Eric, for posting the auction and alerting forum members. I would encourage forum members to post other such auctions, and also to notify sellers who are offering items as "rare originals" that they aren't or might not be. As tredhed2 noted, a reputable seller will at least post the question/comment on the auction page and let bidders be warned that someone believes the item to be a repro. A top-notch seller will modify the listing itself to state that the item is or may be a repro when he/she finds out that's the case, and will also offer a return/refund policy. to protect the buyer. The seller in this auction at least offers a 14-day money back return, although the buyer pays return shipping. I used to be dead-set against reproductions, but have come to realize that they do have a valid place in the collecting community. My position has softened considerably against repros--provided that they are properly identified as such. I would also urge us not to assume the worst of sellers, but to use this forum to monitor their auctions and their responses when notified that they are selling reproductions. Some sellers are good folks who make honest mistakes and who are rarely armed with the collective knowledge of this forum. But those sellers who intentionally try to deceive deserve to be exposed and reported. Just my two cents. ww1buff
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