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  1. Very interesting Alex. Thanks so much for posting that. Do you know what period that brooch was from? Was it WW2 or inter-war? Best Regards, Nick
  2. Here's another one for you out of the same grouping. I believe this one to be post-1947 since it is silver, but it is an interesting build and appears to be frosted sterling though it isn't maker-marked or stamped sterling on the back. The pin mount and catch make me think definitely more sweetheart of jewelry piece for this one. It measures 2 1/8 inches tall by 2 inches wide. What do you guys think? Best Regards, Nick
  3. Sorry, I should have also included the measurements for reference. It measures 2 1/4 inches tall by 2 inches wingtip to wingtip. It seems like that would be rather large and heavy to be a sweetheart item. Bodes, I was also thinking that it might be foreign made of some kind. Although there aren't any maker marks on it. Thanks so much for all your help guys. If anyone else has any opinions, I would love to hear them! Best Regards, Nick
  4. Hi everyone, Can anyone help me date this cap badge? I picked it up recently and it has beautiful detail. The prongs on the back are what have me stumped as there is no screw-back or prongs anywhere else on the eagle. It's thin but solid. I'm thinking maybe inter-war period? Maybe earlier? I'm not sure when this particular style of badge started to be issued. Thanks in advance for your help! Best Regards, Nick
  5. Can anyone help with dating this one or attributing it to a specific maker? It has beautiful detail and patina and is nice and solid, but I'm not familiar with the prong-type backing rather than the screw-back version or the standard British variety. I'm thinking it must be sometime inter-war, but I was curious to see your opinions. Thanks for your input! Best Regards, Nick
  6. If they're the real deal, $2 was a great bargain! I'm a bit concerned at how the 3rd shroud line from the right gets lost behind the 2nd shroud line from the right about halfway down. Also, there's a strange "bend" in the shroud lines right at the base of where the right wing meets the edge of the shroud line. I'm certainly not an expert, but there are those on here who are, and they'll have an answer for you. Either way, they'll display nicely, and for $2, you couldn't go wrong! Apparently I'm going to the wrong flea markets...
  7. Here are the photos of the silver-toned eagle.
  8. I picked these up the other day and am unsure on the dates. I have never seen backings like the ones on these two cap eagles. The brass cap eagle has the most crisp and beautiful detailing that I've ever seen in a cap eagle. It is relatively thin, but solid aside from the shield portion which is a bit hollowed. Even the back of this eagle is beautiful. It has a perfect patina. The thing that has me puzzled is the pins that would be used to secure it. Rather than being screw-back like most of the examples I've ever seen, this one has 2 pins that can be folded over and bent in to secure it to th
  9. Thanks so much Patches! I was nearly certain that it was a WW2 or pre-WW2 khaki dress uniform. Thanks so much for pointing out that it was from the 1950's! Even after years of collecting I'm still learning new things every day. I'm not nearly as familiar with the khaki uniforms as I am with OD uniforms. I appreciate your help so much, and I will willingly pass on acquiring this uniform. Thanks again for your help. You have helped more than you know! Best Regards, Nick
  10. It doesn't have any of the DI's on the collar, but it actually has a cut-edge "sunflower" patch (which, after a short search I determined to be Kansas National Guard). The thing is, I don't know if the patch itself is pre-war or post-war (by the looks of it it's pre-war or WW2, judging by the cut-edge design), and from my understanding from other posts on this forum, that patch was not active during World War 2 as the KS NG units were absorbed into U.S. Army units. The uniform itself is the khaki U.S. Army Officer's uniform with the cuff braid. The fabric is right for it to be an early piece a
  11. I'll post some tomorrow. I'm undecided on if I want to purchase the uniform or not, and am going back tomorrow to have another look. I think I'll take the plunge as it's only $40 and considering that I've never seen buttons like these before. I'll post photos as soon as I can take some.
  12. Hi there, Has anyone here ever seen the 2-piece screw-back U.S. Army gilt uniform buttons that have screw backs? I have seen lots of collar insignia that is screw-back, but I came across what I believe to be a pre-WW2 Kansas National Guard uniform today in an Army surplus store that has the 2-piece gilt buttons, with EVERY button on the uniform being screw-back to secure it to the uniform. Rather than having the loops on the buttons that allowed them to be sewn on, these are more like posts with a brass cover that screws on on the inside of the uniform. There is no post that sticks out on
  13. My rule of thumb for quickly assessing Ike jackets is to see if there is a button on the sleeve cuff or not. If the cuff of the jacket has a button it is most likely WW2 vintage. If there is no button on the cuff (i.e. the cuff is all one piece of fabric), then it is more likely to be post-war. I am sure there are exceptions to this rule, but it is my general rule for "one glance" dating of an Ike jacket.
  14. I just picked up a grouping this weekend that belonged to a doctor who was with the National Guard pre-WW2 and in the Medical Corps throughout WW2. Included in his grouping was the armband that he wore while overseas. He hand-wrote on the back of it "The brassard I wore throughout the entire war 1941-1946" so I would say that he probably got it early on in WW2 and wore it throughout the war. Depending on when he got the brassard (such as 1940-41), I guess it could be plausible to have been a surplus from WW1. It is on heavy canvas-type fabric with a felt red cross that goes all the way to the
  15. Some more photos including Col. (the Lt. Col.) Miles' U.S. Government ID card, issued December 23rd 1944 and the medical armband that he wore through the entire war. On the back of the armband, Col. Miles wrote "This is the arm brassard that I wore through the entire war 1941-1946" complete with his signature. All of the photos are signed "Somewhere in Italy" on the back with dates ranging from 1943-1944. I believe the uniform he is wearing in the photo of the "Pinks and Greens" is the uniform that I was also able to purchase at the sale. The pre-WW2 photo is dated 1939 and was taken at Camp B
  16. More photos from the grouping including Col. Miles' Pre-WW2 Oklahoma National Guard Service Hat with insignia for the 120th Medical Battalion and an original photo of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine graduating class of 1918 (Col. Miles is in the upper left-hand corner of the photo). The booklet in the photo grouping of Colonel Miles is the booklet of the Oklahoma Medical Association printed in 1952 and details Col. Miles' medical career, including his time in World War 2. I was also able to purchase his desk set and all of the items in the display case (sorry I couldn't get the p
  17. Hi all, I am relatively new to the forum but have been collecting for about 10 years now. I wanted to share one of my recent estate sale finds that I was able to pick up this weekend. All of the items here are items that belonged to Col. Walter H. Miles of Oklahoma City, OK. He graduated medical school for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 1918 and went on to join the Oklahoma National Guard in 1923. He served there until they were called up to active duty as part of the U.S. 45th Infantry Division. He went overseas with the 45th Division to North Africa and remained with t
  18. Thanks for the information Dave. I see what you're saying now -- rather than the breast pockets being stitched on to the outside of the jacket, they are instead integral to the jacket with the actual pocket extending into the interior of the jacket rather than being on the front. That makes sense and makes for an easy way to identify pre-war vs. post-war. Thanks for the pointer! I am going to also go over to the "Groupings" forum and post this along with the dress "Pinks and Greens" and some of the other items in the grouping that I got from this veteran's estate. I figure posting those things
  19. Sorry, that was supposed to say Thanks DAVE and Beast. My apologies!
  20. Thanks James and Beast. Dave -- Thanks for your comments about the uniform. It has definitely become one of the favorites in my collection. You mentioned "without the breast pockets". Are you talking about the absence of the stylized pocket flaps that are typically seen on the WW2-era uniforms? Or were you talking about another feature that I'm not familiar with? I also like your rationale as to why the rank was never changed to reflect his promotions during wartime. Beast -- Thanks for pointing me to James. I'll get in touch with him to see what I can find out. I'll also post more ph
  21. Thanks so much for your input! When I found the uniform at the estate sale, the hat actually didn't have the cap badge on it -- however on further examination of all the display cases, I found the cap badge mixed in with some other random pins. I was ecstatic to find it like that! This one is actually one of the more interesting ones as it is solid, heavy metal, rather than the lighter, machine-pressed versions that are so commonly encountered on WW2-era caps. Today I stumbled upon the notice of this man's death, published on the front-page of our local newspaper in September of 1954. Imagine
  22. Thanks for the info. After posting here I did a bit more searching and found the tool that you linked and have since used it. I appreciate your quick response! Best Regards, Nick
  23. Here are some more photos of the uniform that I mentioned above. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Best Regards, Nick
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