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  1. From time to time I have checked newspaper listings for them using key word searches in hopes that the jeweler making them might have advertised them, but with no luck so far. I focused on Boston papers from January through July 1863, but that may be too narrow in time frame or locale, in addition to such searches sometimes being just hit or miss. Anyway, these badges are very cool. Keep posting on your work. Great stuff!
  2. These are wonderful badges and definitely wartime, apparently available in Spring 1863, after Fredericksburg but before Chancellorsville given the battle honors on them, but I'll play devil's advocate and say the jury is still out on whether they are wound badges or regimental badges. My own take is that these were commercially available and, like id shields, could be had in silver or in gold. (There is a reference above to bronze, silver and gold, but I have seen them only in silver and gold. If there is a bronze one it should be posted.) There is a silver one that belonged to a Gettysburg KI
  3. In answer to the mating numbers on the buckle and hasp, yes, they are pretty common. On enlisted plates being made up and assembled in large batches the numbers get into the three digits.
  4. Since the battle is taking place at night and one or both ships are on fire, it might be John Paul Jones and the Bon Homme Richard fighting HMS Serapis, although they were locked together for most of the fight and it looks here like they are some distance apart. The ship at left firing toward US vessel might back this up. Pierre Landis, captain of the Alliance, part of Jones' squadron actually fired into the Bonhomme Richard during the engagement.
  5. I would be hesitant about the corps badge. Some suspect the pie crust and scallop edged sandwich badges are misinterpretations by modern makers of GAR badges with stamped semicircles around the borders that were imitations of some Civil War types that had actually had more detail.
  6. Hi Mike, There are several books out there that include good material on accouterments, along with various articles and some specialized studies on specific things like Mann's accouterments by Fred Gaede. A good start is Todd's American Military Equipage. The first three volumes have been reprinted as one. But you will want to go to O'Donnell and Campbell for the ins and outs of the plates. On this one you can see the hasp is retained by a single rivet. A cavalry, artillery or NCO belt will have it just stitched on or will have two rivets added to reinforce the stitching. On the other end th
  7. The belt seems to be made from a CW infantry waist belt for an oval plate.
  8. The plate looks fine. The only problem with the pattern is dating them precisely since they were used widely by not just the army from 1874, but by National Guard units, cadets, etc., etc., and remained in use for full dress right up to WW2.
  9. This type of insignia, a stamped brass wreath with numbers or letters, goes quite late, well into the 1890s, and shows up on caps for various organizations that adopted uniforms of some sort. My guess would be that the last letter stands for "Band" and it represents civilian marching band of some sort 1870s-1890s.
  10. To better read the inscriptions, I would try blacklighting it or look at the pinned post at the top of this section regarding the use of nightvision devices. I notice the canteen throat seems to have a carved "G" so I would wonder if there is an other initial there and whether it lines up with what you can make out of the inscription on the cover. As for use, I would assume the canteen was hung up as a memento of military service by the Civil War soldier and was added to by a son who did some service in the Spanish American War, not that he carried it, but that he too served in the military. I
  11. Loops per se are not disqualifying. Metal backed insignia, that it is: bullion badges like this wit a tinned iron plate inside to stiffen it, usually had loops, but they were smaller and brass. These look like someone used loops from a catridge box plate as a pattern. There are issues with the fabric on the back, etc., as well.
  12. Here's a poor photo of an officer's hat badge and some other pieces that belonged to 2nd Lt Adolph Reutlinger of the 5th KY. He was in, and out, pretty early. Note the use of the "LL" in the loop of the hat insignia.
  13. These seem pretty clearly to be nineteenth or early twentieth century equivalents of hot water bottles that are curved to fit the body. Their Civil War connection is less certain. I don't know of any listings among hospital or medical stores or period photos of them. There might be, but I simply can't think of any offhand. If they are of the period and civilian, they still might have made their way into a general hospital or something like that in the same way that various other civilian items might for the comfort of patients. They have been accepted as "medical canteens" since their publica
  14. They are from a fraternal organization, not military.
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