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  1. This is a reproduction cap device worn by naval officers from the late 19th Century until September of 1941. The black band is 80cm long, perfect for virtually any sized any cap. I only have one of these from my last production run. Feel free to contact me with questions or for more photos. $55 plus postage to your address.
  2. I have five embroidered reproduction naval aviator's wings for sale. These are perfect for all eras of naval aviation from 1914 to present day. They are embroidered on black wool with clutch backs. Please contact me with any questions. $25 each plus postage to your address.
  3. I have one reproduction naval officer's cap device for sale from my last production run. The band is 80cm long, ready to be stitched to fit your cap band. $50 plus postage to your address. Please contact me for more photos of if you have any questions.
  4. Would it be possible to see the reverse side of this document along with dimensions? I would like to rcereate these for the living history crew on OLYMPIA. Thanks, Howard Serlick
  5. I have owned one and have worn it my entire career with evening dress uniforms. I continue to wear it as an historical interpreter with my Span-Am and WW I Service Blue uniforms.
  6. Never have seen a service blu PA naval militia uniform before. Many thanks for sharing this very rare piece of history with us.
  7. This is an officer's button from the Revenue Cutter Service, precursor to the US Coast Guard.
  8. My father was an officer's cook on USS Baxter (APA 94). He wore this insignia on his jumpers.
  9. This is almost certainly a fireman's cap. The sweat looks like something from modern time. Chin strap is not old & buttons that are used are post- 1941, The crown has a sewn welt around the top which was specifically prohibited in uniform regulations. There should be a thick "grommet" inside the crown to give it it's shape. If there is a wire sewn into that welt, you do not have a navy cap. If you would like detailed photos of a correct periof bell crown cap from WW I, let me know.
  10. Gold bullion stripes and embroidery are made of copper wire that has been electroplated with genuine gold. If the gold is worn and the copper wire exposed, the surface of the braid begins to tarnish. Anything that has sulphur in it such as Kraft or Manila wrapping paper placed near this will accelerate discolouring/corrosion. Nothing abrasive should be used to clean this kind of woven wire braid/bullion. The best method is washing with a mild soap with a nail or tooth brush, followed with a rinse of sudsing ammonia and then water rinse. I use this method to keep all of my period bullion cap de
  11. Currently officers of the NOAA (successor to the Coast & Geodetic Survey) wear this cap device.
  12. I have been able to use a modern Fireman's bell crown cap made by Blayly http://www.baylyinc.com/new/police/fire.html that is pretty good. The one thing that isn't accurate is the construction of the avtual cap cover. The repro has a stiff wire around the top with a welt. This is prohibited in period naval uniform regs. I get around this by making my own cap covers and simply putting them over to hide the welt. I also have original caps from WW I that look and fit me perfectly. I am fortunate to be bald and have a small head, so finding a size 6 7/8 or 7 cap is a cinch. Capt Mac
  13. If you are willing to pay a decent amount for a dead accurate copy of a .45 Colt, I would be willing to make a master two part production mould and cast you a copy in hard urethane. I have done this for 1898 Colt .38 revolvers for living history interpreters. The key is being able to spread the cost of making the master mould over as many copies as possible. If you and others can put together a bulk order, it would definitelty be worthwhile at an affordable price. Contact me for details if you think you can do this. Capt Mac
  14. I am a career naval officer, so service white uniform coat, trouser, shoulder boards, shoes are the same since 1903. My caps are modigied bell crown bought from a fire department uniform shop. Cap device and buttons are originals from ebay. Service blue coat was tailor made by an historic tailor for me. Embroidered collar insignia were made to order in London, gold stripes by my uniform shop in Annapolis. Shoes are new leather high top cap toes. My eyeglasses are period gold American Optical from ebay. I wear my current navy trousers with new braces. Shirts are either original or new with
  15. For those that would like to see more photos and to learn more about the OLYMPIA Living History Crew, I have a few links for you: Facebook: http://www.facebook....aLivingHistory/ Wordpress: http://flagshipolympia.wordpress.com/
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