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  1. Hey, I'd park it in my dooryard Talk about depreciation, imagine how much the Government shelled out for this thing in 1952, now it's a lawn ornament.
  2. Well, here's your chance! Came accross this on ebay this afternoon. Sounds like a reasonable price, I mean what is the going rate for a used F-86? The aircraft is actually lacated about an hour from me and I have seen it in person before on the way by. It's at a place that at one time was called "Camp Meade," an old CCC camp from the 30s that was used at different times since as a roadside campground and a sort of half-baked military museum, but has now been abandoned for years. Imagine bringing this bad boy home, "um. . . honey . . . I saw this on the side of the road . . ." http://cgi.ebay.com/airplanes-1952-F86-D-S...1QQcmdZViewItem If this link doesn't work, just type in "f86" with no dash, on ebay and it will come up as the highest priced.
  3. All I can say is WOW, absolutely first rate and definately one of the finest WW1 displays I have ever seen, and that includes museums. So when do you start giving tours, because I would be at the head of the line! I wonder if when the lights go down, late at night, they all come to life and re-enact the Great War in you basement? Great job and I would love to see some more photos! Oh, and by the way, I like the rats!
  4. Here is a large photo I have had for a while and decided to post tonight of the WW1 transport USS Mount Vernon. The photo is in kinda rough shape, but the ship has an interesting story behind it. The Mount Vernon was originally built in 1906 as the "Kronprinzessin Cecilie", a German luxury liner. When war broke out, she was caught in the mid-Atlantic with a gold and silver shipment of over 14 million dollars aboard, payment from the U.S. to some British and French banks. Needless to say the Captain did not want to be caught in the war zone by a warship and be responsible for it's loss, so he turned the ship around. Several angry millionaires aboard actually demanded to buy the ship so it could hoist the American flag and sail into English waters as a neutral ship. On the way back, the tops of the funnels were painted black to impersonate the RMS Olympic, sister ship of the Titanic, and the ship safely slipped into the nearest port, Bar Harbor, Maine. When the U.S. entered the War, the ship was seized along with her sister ships, also in the U.S., and converted to transports. Her sister ships also had long and rediculous names and were renamed the USS Von Steuben and USS Agamemnon. During her service she was torpedoed once by a U-boat amidships, killing 35 crewman, but miraculously survived. This photo was likely taken after the war, as during it she wore a "dazzle" paint scheme (which obviously didn't work very well) and depicts her returning a full load of our boys home from "over there." She was retained in mothballs on the west coast until 1940, when she was deemed too old to be of any further service and scrapped.
  5. Great collection! I don't normally get into WW2, but I definately know the rarity of some of the pieces you have pictured, very nice. I do like the WW1 headgear you posted as well. I must say, I've always had a soft spot for the pickelhaube and the "coal scuttle" style WW1 German helmets.
  6. Thanks for the input. The two examples I mentioned (with the one trunion) are both white silk on wool. I don't have the exact regs handy at the moment, but seagoing Marines also commonly wore this striker when serving as gun captains for the secondary armament aboard ships (which is why I bought them). It was worn on the left sleeve facing forward just above the 3 button cuff. The practice of Marines wearing navy qualification strikers was done away with either during or just following WW2. Here is a great thread started by Jeremiah on seagoing Marines where he displays several of his tunics with some really nice examples of these strikers, including an interesting one with the strikers embroidered directly on the uniform: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...showtopic=13902
  7. Geez, this Florida trip is going really well for you isn't it. Very nice cover you found there Chris. I very much like the officer's piping. A great find, especially at a gun show, although, I have found my fair share of goodies at gun shows.
  8. Has anyone ever encountered one of these gun captain sleeve striker patches showing only one trunion (the mounting knobs sticking off each side of the gun barrel), or know what that means? Is it a specific variation or just something that didn't get embroidered on the two I have?
  9. I guess I'll throw in my two cents on this one. I agree with Chris and can also say that this particular example doesn't corralate with any 2nd division patch I have seen before. Not only the construction, but the artwork as well, it just gives me that "modern" vibe. I have seen some strange looking Indians on 2nd Div patches before, but this one is right up there, especially the headdress portion. Just my opinion, but if I were in your shoes, I think I would pass on this one and not feel too bad about it.
  10. Thank's for the comments guys. Karl, the piece is not a military medal exactly, it's a watch fob. The leather end would attatch to the ring on a pocket watch. This one commemorates the 25th National Encampment of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, aparently held from September 8-13, 1924. It makes me wonder if General Waller was a special guest or speaker of some sort at the event and perhaps this engraved piece was given to him as a souvenir. Also interesting to note that this encampment took place only a short time before his death in 1926.
  11. DevilDan1900

    WW1 Wing

    Very nice set of wings you found there Chris. I definately agree that once you see the attention to detail and craftsmanship on a genuine set of these early wings, you begin to be able to spot those crappy modern fakes a mile away. Great find.
  12. Thanks Brig. This one is definately going in the "keeper" pile.
  13. I don't want to be rude so for those of you who are interested and aren't "in the know" so to speak on who we are talking about: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Littleton_Waller
  14. I definately agree and thanks for sharing this great piece of your family history. You are correct that these first issue Spanish American War khakis are extremely hard to come by, especially in the shape your is in and complete at that. Only thing missing is a nice M889 campaign hat to complete the set. Great preservation!
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