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Basic Rifleman

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  1. Early Aviation is not my area of expertise, but there's nothing about this piece this piece that would make me believe it wasn't made in the 1910's. And while all pin-backed, I've noticed the modern 1903 "museum quality reproductions" have the same Sterling mark and makers mark as this one. Although, I'm sure that too could be been copied from an original. I'd like some expert opinions on this piece, as I will be listing it for sale if it is indeed an original, and do not want to pass on something I'm not 100% sure about.... It measures exactly 24.99 mm across and 10.98 mm from the highest point on the hat to the lowest part on the brim. Thanks in Advance, Tom
  2. Could this be an original? I will try posting in the "Is this real?" section as well...
  3. That's great news! And thanks for taking the time to post this, Allan. I searched this site and others, and didn't really find a proven example of a WWI Hat in the Ring. I love that photos exist of men wearing them... Would you happen to know where I might find a known example of what a WWI period piece might look like (front and back). Tom
  4. So are there any "originals" to the WWI period? Or were the pins first created when distributed by Rickenbacker during WWII?
  5. Good Afternoon All, I was hoping for some help identifying this unit insignia. The writing on the bottom reads: "Pour La Patrie" and the reverse is pin-backed with no makers mark. This one has stumped me for over an hour...... Thanks in advance!
  6. Great point with regard to the Japanese Army caps. I hadn't noticed that... And the hand-me-down uniforms might lend further to the theory these may have been taken as propaganda pics...
  7. Thank you so much for your response! There is indeed barbed wire surrounding the area the picture was taken, and on the other side of the fence there are wooden "crates" I've seen in the transport of POW's in other photos. The sign above their head reads "All Unauthorized Vehicles Keep Out" with characters beneath it I assume says the same thing in Japanese.
  8. I picked these up from a local antique store, and the more I looked at them the more I knew I don't know what they are... I'm hoping someone here can shed some light on if these are from a WWII POW Camp or stateside Internment Camp. I've searched the internet and this forum and can't find anything like them. My best guess was these were to be used as propaganda to show the Japanese how well we were taking care of their POW's. I was particularly interested in the baseball pictures, and was hoping someone could help translate things on the flag or signs - also the fella crouching is holding a sign, but it appears illegible because on the glare/light but it is clear enough to see the writing are Japanese Characters and not English. Any help - even speculation would be most appreciated. Also, not sure if it matters, but they are on heavier photo paper and are silver gelatin.
  9. Although not the good news I was hoping for, I appreciate the time everyone took to respond to this. I had my doubts about it as well, and was honestly hoping this was something BB&B made for consideration for the MA Badge government contract. As stated above, there are many red flags. If this were made from pot metal I would have immediately written it off. Being it is confirmed 18k and platinum, I thought there might be a chance it was something special, or made for someone special.
  10. ...And I just found some additional information about the shield with an "R" flanked by an eagle and lion. It appears this is mark signifies a joint effort by BB&B and "Reed and Barton". This just keeps getting weirder and weirder...
  11. I don't know that it looks (in person) to be die struck or cast. This piece appears to be 100% hand crafted.
  12. I don't want to share my thoughts of what this might be. I'd much rather hear from the experts in this forum who, in my experience here, have always been knowledgeable, kind, and respectful. The details: 18k Yellow Gold and Platinum. Measures 1 5/8" across the top bar. Hallmarked with the appropriate early 1900's "The Bailey Banks & Biddle" "18k" "PLAT" and what appears to be hand tooling of an eagle, the letter "R" in a shield, and possible a rabbit (definitely an animal of some sort standing on its rear legs). The hardware is early 1900's. There are also four stars across the top bar, which I've never seen in any illustration. I have a call in to the Hagley Museum, which currently houses all of the documents from Bailey Banks & Biddle dating from the 1800's through the 1950's. There's apparently a photo of one "Military Aviator's Badge" in their collection. The details on this are stunning - even better than the photos. The Eagle is hand tooled/chased - as is the background of the top bar. I've also noted this piece to be a bit thicker than a 1920's Blackinton example. It weighs 16.8 grams, so if nothing else I have a very finely crafted $600 hunk of metal:) Any help or direction on what this piece is would be greatly appreciated. Semper Fi, Tom Lantz USMC 2000-2008
  13. I was thinking the same initially... Just didn't want to dismiss it as such before the experts took a look.
  14. This one has me stumped..... It measures approximately 1 5/8" across, and appears to be from WWII. No makers marks... Any help or thoughts would be most appreciated.
  15. The top pin looks like a civilian radio club piece to me.
  16. Agreed. Nice piece. I was hoping for an ID here. This one's intriguing for sure...
  17. "AWS" stands for "Aircraft Warning Service". There are many variations online, but the one in question specifically is from the 2nd Interceptor Command, which covered primarily the West Coast.
  18. This appears to be a Slovak religious / or organizational piece - perhaps both. 99% sure it's not military though.
  19. Good Evening All, Any help identifying this piece and the named soldier would be most appreciated. It reads "May 3rd" "T.H." "89" "S.C." "1st Serg. A.H. Williams" Is this a rifle badge, or an award of some type? Retirement piece? The details are fine, and it appears to be completely hand chased... Is the "89" for 1889? I'm also confused about the the "T.H." on one side and "S.C". on the other. At first I thought this piece was a South Carolina item, but am totally giving up on it until the experts here offer some help. I truly appreciate any help I can get Identifying this piece. Also, I found a few "A.H. Williams'" one that fought for South Carolina in the Civil war, but I'm only 5% sure at best I've found the right guy.
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