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    lifelong collector of USAS, AAC, AAF branch insignia, medals, blades, and things that go Boom!

    I am planning on consolidating my holdings of things that I no longer have room to keep. Field gear, uniforms, books, and almost everything else. Please contact me if there's something you're seeking. If I have it, hopefully we can work something out.
  1. If he served 30 days in north, central, or South America I believe he was eligible. I forget the dividing lines east and west where the Asiatic Pacific and the EAME medals eligibility begins.
  2. Has anyone checked the threads? The likelihood of a Chinese jeweler having American Standard threading dies is slim, I would guess. Hey a selection of brass nuts from a hardware store, and, without using pliers, screw the new nuts on to the screw. If it fits perfectly with no undue tightness or sloppiness, chances are it's an American Standard size. If it's sloppy or seems to be an "in between" size, there's a good chance it's theater made. I deal with a lot of foreign screws and nuts in my work. The only one that comfortably fits common European threads/metric is an 8/32 size, but as far as Chinese threads go I would believe the likelihood is that they're going to be differences. Look for a slight hand filed taper at the end. If it's a factory finish with no file marks, this points to it being handmade. In reviewing your images, the threads end in a factory finish and not handmade. Just my opinion, though.
  3. I have several AAC branch insignia as well. I'll try to dig them out and contribute images this weekend.
  4. "The more I try to learn about what to do with leather the more convinced I am that there isn't a universally dependable single approach to it. I've been dealing with leather for years. The one thing I've seen over and over is that a technic that works very well in many instances doesn't work for another piece of leather. I don't know the name of the real "leather expert", I wish I did. I personally feel pretty confident with the ways I deal with newer leather in good condition. However I can't be 100% sure of how it's going to look in the future. These older pieces that are already exhibiting problems like red rot, mold/mildew, and other responses to age and environment are the real problems. " Sactroop, you hit it on the head! The set of variables, known and unknown, inherent in any given piece of leather determine its longevity. You can't come in and retroactively fix what is already permanently a part of its "DNA".
  5. Made from captured cannon has been a phrase traditionally used on fund raising medals. When cannons were salvaged and scrapped, the first thing is to separate the non-ferrous from the ferrous metals. A lot of small parts, bearings, bushings, elevating wheels, etc., were non ferrous. The pressure required to mint even small medals is tremendous. I don't have the exact data to back this up, but based on my practical experience in metalworking its at least two or three to one, iron being the toughest to make. And, he tougher to make, the quicker dies wear out or break, making brass a more attractive alternative.
  6. They appear to be German. The eagle is similar to pickelhaub front plates. I think, if memory serves me that the hunting horn was for light infantry units. American and also in a lot of European countries as well.
  7. The gold ones are salvaged brass, not painted.
  8. The earlier desks had a compartment on top with a hinged lid that you would close after everything is closed that would lock it all together.
  9. I think #'s 1 and 4 are early versions. New ribbons and brooches, though. The first French type had a lighter blue ribbon. The hollow ball suspensions are correct. The third cross could be an early American strike, new ribbon and brooch, but I'm not sure.
  10. Red rot is the death knell for leather. Nothing you can do will "revive" it. In my experience as a conservator, the only thing I have found that works in this situation would be to handle it as little as possible, keep it away from direct sunlight, moisture (I.e., no damp cloths to remove dust), changes in temperature by not putting it near heating/cooling vents. Oil the blade and hilt, wax the grip if it's a little dry and let it go at that. Great knife!
  11. Some years ago I bought the most complete Air Service uniform grouping I could hope to find. Embroidered winged coat with mismatched collar insignia, goggles, helmet logbook, and a pile of paper and other stuff along with a named "Air Service" footlocker. All right out of his son's closet and attic. Once I got it home and began looking I found the coat was named to another officer. My guess is that the Lt. who's name is on everything else bought it from someone who returned to the states and was discharged. My airman never got overseas. He was scheduled to go in, as I remember, January or February of 1919. He graduated, was commissioned, and went on his last leave before shipping out and the war ended. Other things took priority and I never got it photographed. It's still on my to-do list. I'll post images and detailed description sometime down the road. Any comments are welcome, but it may be better with images.
  12. So bad I don't know where to begin... Let's just say that my biggest complaint is that I spent an hour and a half of my life that I'll never get back! All CG, and not good CG. The inaccuracies in weapons, language, makeup, buildings that looked like Tennessee shacks, etc. should have been enough to permit an early bailout. Nothing to recommend it unless you need to see how not to make a WWII film.. Bad!
  13. The form is right, but the quality and extra detail makes me think it might be a Commander's badge.
  14. I think it's Taiwanese. The wings and wreath with the five petal flower remind me of some Taiwanese insignia I used to own years ago.
  15. Another estate sale find was a musette bag that had some ribbons and several small odds and ends in the internal divider pockets. A woman I sometime go to sales with asked about the small external pocket with the button flap. I said these were where soldiers would put their condoms. Sure enough, I opened it and found two! About twenty years ago I bought a Class A Officers jacket that had a CBI patch on the sleeve from a second hand clothing shop that I had developed as a contact. They bought from rag pickers where clothing would be randomly bundled up and sold by weight. As the bundle was still intact when I went to her shop, she cut it open and pulled toe coat out and sold it on the spot. When I got home I found a bullion 14th AF patch, some Chinese wings and theater made BoS insignia tucked away here and there. All in all, a good day, IMHO! One day I will post pictures when things get settled. Unfortunately, no name.
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