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  1. They fake anything of value! Back in the heyday of UCV prices they were making excellent fakes of the UCV National medals - all the way up to the ID'd high-end pieces. With that said, the risk today depends on what type of UCV item you're interested in acquiring. The prices on UCV pieces has come down considerably so I'm not aware of anyone actively reproducing Natiional UCV medals, but the ones from the 90's are still in circulation, so you still need to be careful. On the high-end - specifically ID'd pieces - you definitely need to be careful. There are ways of telling the good from the
  2. Not something I specifically collect, but I just couldn't pass on this piece. I've never seen one before. KB tells me this is the 2nd type of Medal of Honor Legion certificate (thanks for the link!). Probably the closet thing to an actual MoH that I'll ever own. What's really neat about this piece is that it's a certificate for a CW MoH recipient - signed by two other CW MoH recipients. I've pulled the information below together to display with the piece. I thought it might be of interest here. No. 364 Medal of Honor Legion of the United States George C. Williams Novembe
  3. Fantastic Find! Super-rare because it's a Confederate Veteran from the 75th - AND it's a pair. I all my years collecting the 75th I've now seen a total of 6 Confederate medals, and this the first pair I've seen. There were only just over 600 Confederates in attendance. The roster in Paul Roy's book shows your Veteran as Thomas Rufus McGuyer, address Rt. 3, Cooper Texas. You're probably right about his record/service. I don't see him even listed in the Civil War Database. I'll have to check Roster of Confederate Soldiers books when I get a chance. There might be some information ther
  4. Thanks for the update from the Hagley Library Bob. It might not have been what we were hoping for, but it might still have been an information "score". The sketch in the document you posted, I think, might just lend some support to a piece of mine that I've posted before. How's this for similar? It's so distinct, from the large-to-small-back-to-large lettering to the shape and catch/loop configuration. That top bar is from this previously posted piece. The Red Cross Service medal that is the drop of this medal was made by BB&B. It's marked on the reverse BB&B / P
  5. Wow Bob, that's an amazing find! Those records could answer a number of questions regarding the 1938 reunion, in addition to perhaps shedding light on this BSA medal. I unfortunately can't envision getting away to go with you for weeks. I'm tied up dealing with my Mom's estate in SC, and a number of projects here on the farm. I would welcome pictures of any/all records they have regarding the 1938 medals they might have produced. Like I said - there are a number of questions records such as these might be able to answer. Thanks for taking the time to reach out to these folks. I wou
  6. Kevin, Thanks for the post. I think your economic model could make sense. The answer is out there somewhere - I just need to find it. Maybe there's something in the archives - who knows. And for the record, I did acquire the badge for my collection. Bob, I'm not sure how much more or less expensive the limited silvering might have cost. Is it a real silver wash - that would be more expensive I would think. As for what it took to make the badge like this - I just don't know enough about the processes of the time to answer that one. I doubt it was "made available" for others
  7. I think I have found another official - but previously undocumented medal - for the 1938/75th reunion. I of course wanted to post it here to get the opinion of others. If you collect or study the 75th reunion you are probably already aware of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) medal issued to the 192 Scouts, 7 Assistant Scoutmasters, and 4 Scoutmasters who served in the Veteran Camps. It is documented in the official Pennsylvania Commission Report (Volume IV, 1939) on page 415. A good friend of mine texted me one day from a Show. He had run across another medal that was from
  8. The two piece Red Cross medal is interesting. The drop is actually a Red Cross Nursing Association pin, It even has the original pin on the back for wearing it. It was made by Bailey Banks & Biddle and it is numbered - 3641. You can see where someone melted a clean hole in the pin to attach the top bar, which BTW is not maker marked. I've stared at this thing and examined it every way I could think of and to my eye it looks like a contemporary marriage of the two pieces - the patina is right - the wear is right. The questions would be why was this done - and when. First
  9. These two pieces from my 1913 collection are rather unique. They aren't State or Regimental related, they aren't souvenirs, in fact, they aren't even Veteran related. These two pieces relate to the 71 American Red Cross Nurses that served a vital role at the 1913 reunion, Without further ado, here are those two pieces. I've had the lapel pin for some time but never really researched it in depth. The newer of the two pieces has convinced me that the first is also Red Cross related. Whether these were worn at the reunion, or afterwards to commemorate their work in support of the
  10. Thanks for the words of encouragement gentlemen. I probably will display my collection again at some point, if for no other reason than to be able to display the pieces I've added and to share the results of additional research. The search for information (and new pieces of the puzzle) never ends.
  11. I believe Dave is correct - Patriotic Order Sons of America http://posofa.org/ Here's an example similar ribbon for comparison. Doesn't mean he wasn't a Veteran - I've seen groupings with CW and POSA pieces. The POSA was established in 1847 - so it's totally logical that there would be CW Veterans that were members before or after the war.
  12. Wow - three pictures! Thanks Bob! I'll print to display with the medal! Very much appreciate you tracking them down for me.
  13. Catching up on my responses. You're right Bob, Roy likely would have received a medal as well! Thanks for the article/photo Robert & Bob. I had seen that one. BTW, I thumbed through the official report again last night - Haines is in a number of photos but not one of them showed the badge. I need to dig out that Signal Corps Press Album I have for 1938. There are about 80 8x10 photos in there, many not in the report, and in some cases full versions of cropped photos that are in the report. Maybe I'll get lucky. Thanks for the kind words Kevin. It is all about the history - at l
  14. To complete the documentation of this piece here in the forum, here's the top bar - which is original to the medal. The back is clearly marked Bailey, Banks & Biddle Co., Philadelphia.
  15. I have been lucky enough to add the other known example of the 1938 Gettysburg Reunion Commissioner Medal - Member of the Commission - to my collection. The piece is engraved to Harry Luther Haines (1880-1947). He was one of five (5) members of the Federal Commission appointed by President Roosevelt. Here's his biography from the Congressional biography web site: Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Red Lion, York County, Pa., February 1, 1880; attended the public schools, the State normal school at Lock Haven, Pa., and Patrick’s Business College at York, Pa.; engage
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