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David Minton

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    Durham, NC
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    Pre 1985 Navy Rates and Distinguishing Marks.
    WWII Era Navy Uniforms
    W.A.V.E.S. Uniforms

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  1. I shop my wife’s vintage needs and ran into that unappreciated surprise on the first purchase. Luckily that uniform is still one of the nicest in my collection and glad I bought it. For any interested observers that have never tried purchasing 1940s vintage for yourself or others, my starting point is to add 10 or 12 to whatever the 1940s size is to convert to current US vanity sizing. My wife is a vintage 16, which seems to be the largest that is available with any regularity. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. My undersatanding is August 1944, but I don't have a BuPers uniform regulation to cite.
  3. I've never seen a multi-part construction like that before. Is that common for that period?
  4. I’m not in the same league with some of the others in this forum as I’m a dedicated bargain shopper. It takes me a lot longer, but have gotten some nice prices eventually. I believe I have seen the Aviation Riggers and Quartermaster Aviation in blue, but beyond my spending threshold I have imposed on myself. I don’t believe I have ever seen a Chief Airship Rigger for sale, but I buy almost exclusively from eBay or my local military show, while I assume really rare patches change hands at large shows or private transactions between known parties. While I think I’m pretty knowledgeable at this p
  5. Shoulder boards with little or no curve, and left facing eagles on the buttons are WWII era. The eagle changed direction in May 1941. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Of 20th century ratings, I have heard the WWII era Chief Airship Rigger (not bullion) is among the rarest. Of the Chief Quartermaster Aviation and Aviation Rigger, while scarce are obtainable, particularly in white. I believe I have four of the former, and one of the latter myself. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Did anyone go? Is it worth it? Considering going on Sunday so was hoping for some feedback.
  8. To be honest, I don't know more than what I read in that article, so don't take me as saying you are wrong on your assessment, which is why I ended with a question mark. If you are confident in your assessment, stick with it. The article seemed authoritative to me, but not something I know a great deal about. I'm mainly a patch guy and usually stick to pin back metal insignia. To be honest, I bought a set on eBay recently, probably from you it would seem? If you still have some color/garrison cap size, I should pick up another to complete my set.
  9. I guess sorry but not sorry? I was hoping the badge had flown under everybody’s radar since it was misidentified, but I saw the bids jump at the last minute. FYI I posted in a different venue, and someone wrote they would have bid $300 if they had spotted it. I’m happy to have found this piece so I can stop looking. Good luck on completing your collection. I’ll have to post my assembled collection. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. From my understanding the Style of NS Meyer hallmark would suggest early to mid WWII? Not something I know much about, so interested in feedback. As I mentioned this one took me years and years to find. While I know the service was very small I assume the collector base is also pretty small, but I could be mistaken. Are these widely sought? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. It took me close to a decade, but finally acquired a US Coast & Geodetic Service officer’s garrison cap badge for my collection. From the wear and patina I would like to think it is real and not reproduction. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. If you are thinking of eating badges, most changed in 1941, with the remainder changing in 1948. As far as I am aware nothing of significance changed in US Navy uniform regulations in 1945. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I thought Officer’s Equipment Company closed in 1947 though? https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/344406-officers-equipment-company-a-brief-history/ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. The officer badge is from after May 1941. It would really help to see better /larger photos with a scale reference of both front and back.
  15. I own dozens of gray rating badges, in additions to a couple of dozen shoulder boards, about a dozen garrison caps, maybe a dozen combination covers, and six uniforms, and I can tell you the colors vary from almost olive green to steel gray. They are most often found in cotton, but were also found in palm beach cloth, and wool (I own all varieties). The cut of the uniform is almost the same as khaki, but different than aviation green. You can easily tell the difference between a gray uniform and a aviation green uniform in that aviation green uniforms have epaulettes while gray have should loo
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