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  1. Any ideas on a normal price range for one of these?
  2. I know it is not one of the modern restrikes, and it has the ( I believe) period correct slotted brooch. It does not have the "wavy" stripes on the ribbon if that is what you are referring to about being first or second style.
  3. I might have an opportunity shortly to purchase a WWI Army of Occupation Medal. The medal is an original issue and is in excellent condition. It is not named or numbered, and does not include the original box. Any thoughts on what the average price range is for these nowadays? Thanks.
  4. I would like to add one of these to my collection, and have been looking at several on eBay. Any advice on how to tell a period original from a reproduction/ restrike?
  5. atb - I appreciate your input regarding keeping the uniform "as is." Seems like that might be the right way to go for a historic artifact.
  6. Just got this one. No QM tag or tailor's label anywhere to be found, and the coat does not appear to be official government issue. Perhaps the coat was locally tailored in the Hawaiian Islands? No name, but both the coat and the two pair of khaki breeches which came with it are marked in several places with both stamp and ink pen with "E 66". The Hawaiian Division unit patch is interesting because it is multiple piece felt/wool construction, and is attached to the sleeve with several small snaps, making it removable. The collar insignia are gilt type I discs. Interestingly, there are grommets on the lower lapels for screwback unit crests. I imagine finding a correct matched pair would be near impossible. If any one has any additional info or observations, please chime in. Thanks for looking.
  7. Do you know the reason why they chose a 38 revolver over the .45 automatic? I remember well during the late 80s and 90s when civilian law enforcement agencies were beginning to replace revolvers with semiautomatic pistols, one of the main arguments against doing so was that semiautomatics were military weapons, and thus unsuitable for civilian police work. I had assumed that USAF issued SP cops revolvers in order to give them a more officer friendly appearance.
  8. Can any former USAF SPs tell me why they were issued 38 revolvers instead of the regularly issued m1911 .45 or M9 Beretta? I was Army MP, and we carried the M9 Beretta both while performing LE duty in garrison and combat support operations in the field. I have always wondered why USAF issued .38 revolvers to law enforcement and security personnel when the .45 automatic was standard issue across all four branches of the armed forces?
  9. I cant tell for sure, but it looks like its fashioned from parts from a French MAS 36 rifle which wouldve been used by French colonial forces during the French Indochina war. Especially interesting is the apparent metal piece joining the buttstock to the fore end of the rifle. There was a variant of the MAS 36, issued to colonial paratroopers, which had a folding buttstock which could be folded under the rifle, presumably to secure it for a parachute jump. How cool would it be if you had a battlefield pick up from Dien Bien Phu which the Viet Cong crudely repaired and put back into service? A French colonial military history nerd can only dream...Seriously, though, it might be worth while to post it up on one of the French military rifles boards on one of the surplus military rifles forums. Some very knowledgeable guys over there.
  10. Ive been interested in looking into expanding my collecting and research interests into uniforms and insignia of the various state guard/militia (also sometimes apparently referred to as home guard) forces circa 1900 to 1945. If anyone has some good pictures, please share them here.
  11. Not to get too far off topic, but how on earth did the doughboys of WWI manage to march and fight their way through France in the summer heat while wearing these heavy wool uniforms? When I think back to how hot ripstop cotton BDUs seemed in the summer months when I was in, I cannot even imagine a wool tunic and breeches in the summertime...
  12. The elbow patches and the scalloped pocket flaps make this a really nice example of quality tailoring in a privately purchased shirt. Nice find
  13. Great uniform - thanks for sharing. Does it have a tailors or a manufacturers label?
  14. The rifle in the photo is a Krag-Jorgensen rifle which to my knowledge had been almost entirely phased out of service well before the First World War. There are several internet forums dedicated to Krag-Jorgensen rifle collectors and experts. They may be able to give you a more precise date when that particular rifle was issued, especially since the distinctive rear sight is so clearly visible in the photo. I agree with other posters here that it would not at all be unusual for a prior service Marine to re-enlist in the Army, or vice-versa. Great photo.
  15. Cool uniforms. I notice the Air Defense Artillery branch insignia on the Class A coat. Was Mr. Morrison in an ADA unit while in Vietnam? I’m surprised they would have ADA units there. Interesting.
  16. What a great find! What kind of attachments are there for the US and Engineer branch insignia? Also, is there a tailor's label or QM tag? Thanks for posting pictures of your find
  17. Wow, how often do we see an actual piece from the "Sand Pebbles" era? What a treasure. The stories it could tell. Probably was worn on liberty in more refined company, and in some classier joints than The Green Front!
  18. In all honesty, those prototype "Pinks and Greens" style uniforms look a million times better than the dress blues presently being worn, which look as ridiculous as wearing a tuxedo to work in place of a regular business suit. Green and olive drab present a "Military" appearance, that just isnt there with the blues. Nevertheless, I think given all the fiascoes with uniform changes in the Army over the past few years, there is little chance of a pinks and greens uniform being brought back --as awesome as that would be....
  19. I recently added this one to my collection. The DUIs are for the 101st Inf Regiment, a Massachusetts National Guard unit. The uniform is unusual, to my knowledge anyway, due to the seams on the back, which look like they would belong on a M1912 pattern service coat, and not a M1926 pattern coat. I cant find any similar looking pre-WW2 M1926 officers service coats which look like this one in the reference sticky. The Tailor's label on the inside pocket is mostly gone, and provides no useable information. If anyone has any further information or observations about this uniform, I would appreciate it.
  20. I bought this pair of pinback National Guard Bureau collar brass, which purportedly date from the 1920s. I had the intention of putting them on an M1926 pattern service coat, however, as you can see in the picture, the insignias are slightly curved. Is this an indication they are made for a standing collar, as on the WWI style uniforms?
  21. Im piecing together insignia for a 1930's officer's uniform. I bought a pair of pinback gold oakleaf major's rank insignia with C-catch attachment (no hallmark). When they arrived in the mail, I found that they are slightly smaller than another Lt Col silver oakleaf insignia which I have. The majors oakleaves are approximately one inch from base of stem to top of the leaf. This is about 2mm smaller than the measurement of the silver Lt Col insignia I have. So my question is, are there size variations in these insignia, especially older versions? Or are they possibly collar insignia? --although they seem larger than i would think collar insinia would be. Thanks for any advice.
  22. Thank you both for your input. Unfortunately, I dont think blinds or curtains will be an option in my case. My significant other is very tolerant of my filling up the spare corners of the house with ancient jackets, caps, medals, etc, etc, however I think blocking off the natural light in the room would not go over well. So, back in the closet they'll have to go.
  23. I have a number of my collection of uniforms hanging on a rack in a spare room. I like having them out where I can look at them and enjoy them much more than when I had them hanging in a closet or packed away in storage bins. My concern is that no matter where in the room I put the rack, there is always sunlight on them from a window for at least some time during the day. Depending on the time of year, as the intensity of sunlight varies from winter to summer dramtically here in the northern lattitudes, the sunlight falls on the uniforms for no more than a few hours. Also, Im not sure if it matters, but the sunlight is shining from a window on the other side of the room. I really enjoy having the collection out to look at and enjoy, and would appreciate it if anyone has any advice on handling sunlight when displaying their collection. Thanks.
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