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  1. I would appreciate a show report as well. I hope it went well.
  2. SARGE

    Starr M1798

    You are right that it is a pretty rough Starr. It only takes two guys to drive up the hammer price in an auction. Pretty expensive for a dealer. My guess is there were two guys who both needed a place holder. As you say, when they find a better one this one will probably re-appear in some new guise.
  3. Very nice Kim! I have not seen one of these membership certificates before.
  4. Photographs would help us determine the approximate date of the sword.
  5. Very nice! It is great to have your father's sword and to keep it in the family. I love the deep age color on the grips.
  6. Excellent information. Clearly, the NSAP emphatically states they were organized in 1900 and have, "...never merged or changed its identity." This is as of 1947. Good job in finding this brochure.
  7. Thanks for the kudos guys. You can find almost anything at SOS if you have sharp eyes and your head on a swivel it seems. I was happy to find this sling and take one more thing off my want list. . Here is a link to an earlier discussion of my rifle. I have not shot it but it is shoot-able and in excellent condition. It has a small area of flaking blue on the receiver but there is no real damage anywhere. The stock really is nice with a couple of cartouche. I picked up a 1900 dated bayonet that is also in excellent condition shortly after I got the Krag so the sling was the last missing piece. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/318741-krag-m-1898-rifle/ And, here is a link to a discussion of the 1900 dated Krag bayonet. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/319321-us-krag-bayonet/
  8. I love the wear on the sword as evidenced by carry ring wear. The early sword itself is neat just because of the blade etch style and ivory grips. Wonderful research on your original owner with an outstanding career. Congrats!
  9. After a year or so of searching for a proper M1887 sling for my 1900 dated Krag rifle, I found a nice one at SOS. So, here is the sling that I bought and installed on my Krag. This is the later sling with beefy brass hooks as opposed to the earlier style with smaller brass hooks. The thing I liked about this sling is that it still retains most of its russet leather color and it is in nice undamaged condition. The other thing I liked about it is that it is named to the soldier who used it.
  10. Here is a flyer for the long running Leavenworth Military Show held on the same weekend as SOS unfortunately. If you are not going to Louisville this is a good one day local make-up show. I always find something in Leavenworth.
  11. Excellent information. Thanks for the research.
  12. Gents, I picked up a couple of tins of percussion caps that I could use a bit of help with identifying. The cap tins came along with a Model 1863 US rifled musket that was complete with quite a few period accouterments. The collector documented buying this rifle in the 1950s but there is no provenance further back that this date. One tin can is shorter than the other and has no label or markings. The other tin can is taller and has a complete label indicating UK manufacture. I am wondering about the time frame for these. Since the light blue label indicates makers to the military and colonial departments I presume they have some age. Made for the American trade as far back as the US Civil War perhaps? Thanks for looking.
  13. Not all scabbards had inspector markings but they would normally be found on the drag and I was hoping to match the scabbard with the sword in some manner. The Roman numerals are assembly numbers so look closely at the guard on hidden edges such as the inside of the brass guard branches for an "LIX" marking. This would mate the scabbard to the sword during manufacture. One thought that comes to mind is that the "D Battery" may have bought these swords out of their discretionary funds and property marked them to set them apart from their Government issued swords. Of course you could have an armorer with a set of die stamps that property marked them just like some leather goods (i.e. circa 1900 russet colored sword hangers and knots) were property marked. A neat period of use marking however it got there.
  14. Wonderful research! I wish I could add to the discussion but I am ignorant of this obvious consternation that went on at the founding/merging of these organizations. The GAR, and its affiliates, is hard enough for me to sort out I am afraid. Your logic concerning the NSAP and the nay-saying Boston Post is compelling. One also has to bear in mind that since these Congressional Reports were not written by historians but by the requesting organization itself their historical content has to be taken with a grain of salt. Having said that, these resolutions are often the best official primary resource available. I know that when the GAR and UCV divested their corporate identities to their younger Sons organizations it was a somewhat lengthy process which seems to have been what happened with the SAP/NSAP if I understand it correctly. All this does not help us collectors sort out what is what however.
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