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  1. The pin, the catch and that shine on the back really remind me of the Tiffany army pilot I have...even the feathering, while different seems to have similar characteristics. Were the Tiffany wings made by a third party? Could this be one of theirs? ABN
  2. I've been rather busy over here, but I picked up this group from the man's son in 2018. He described the father pulling out some knives, a helmet and some other stuff to play with as a kid. He seemed to remember burying some of it at some point and not knowing where the rest of it went. When the father passed they found this stuff still in the house. Over time, the son became estranged from the father and he absolutely refused to share his father's name with me. But for what its worth, the cigar box is probably as it was put away all those years ago and the rest of the stuff was scattered to t
  3. I recently ran across these photos. They look like four different women. They're all wearing the same uniform and they all appear to be wearing the same wing. To me it looks like one of the wings with the air field on a banner. I've always thought those were sweetheart wings? Maybe not? Best ABN
  4. In 2006 I went to an estate sale and this is what I came home with. The Japanese bayonet is in a German frog and as you see it is as I found it. The story I received typed after the sale is as follows: "He was assigned to mine removal with a tank division ( I don't know the unit). From June 1944 through the early part of 1945 he and his buddy worked their way east as the allies pushed the Germans back into Germany. Very near the end of the war (April I believe) they had captured a German ammunition depot and had some R & R time. He and his buddy were in an office at the former German
  5. There was an estate sale when I was 13 years old down the street from me and somehow I managed to get my parents to let me skip a little bit of class on Friday to go. In the garage, there was a duffle bag of gear that I dumped out. There was a shovel cover, a shirt, some socks, a musette bag, some overseas hats, some other miscellaneous stuff and at the bottom was this hat. The first picture shows how the hat came out of the duffle bag and I remember pawing it and seeing the red interior thinking I've seen this before, but I didn't know what it was. It looked like an English driver hat, but, a
  6. That RPPC is incredible. I think it gives some background to a piece I have. I picked this up at some point in 2019 and I found this sheet of paper folded up with it. Seeing all the helmets wrapped in paper, my scrap of paper seems to make sense now. Fred was in the 312th F/A, 79th Infantry Division. The helmet is Austrian as I understand. The address it was sent to still exists in Philadelphia. I should note the address for the camouflage helmet above appears to have been bulldozed to build a Church in the 1960s. Best ABN
  7. I picked this one up in January 2019, I believe. It was mailed home by 2nd Lt. Henning Erickson of the Air Service in WW1. I have yet to be able to confirm his squadron,, but evidently he was overseas at some point and mailed this helmet home. The helmet itself, bears 3 address labels, one on the front, one on the rear and one on the interior (mostly missing). Stamps were affixed to the top of the helmet. The only reason, I presume, for the three address labels was to ensure it would be difficult to steal/reroute and over 100 years later, the labels are still afixed. Best ABN
  8. Friend of mine sold some DI's on ebay to user Militarybizniz. Militarybizniz then sold some of the pins on their own account. Then after a month opened a return for not as described. Militarybizniz dumped the pins in a paper envelope without any packaging. They arrived damaged. Additionally militarybizniz stole at least two items and switched out two more. In 20 years this situation is one of the worst ebay scams I have ever seen. Appallingly bad. An internet search yields previous forum topics for fakes from this seller. Additionally, a quick search of their previous sales yields many fakes a
  9. At one time or another I think I posted this one before. In October 2016 I found this group in Texas and its become one of my all time favorites. Edward M. Hale was an officer in the 383rd Infantry Regiment and received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He passed in 2013. And sometime thereafter I presume there was an estate sale or at least a clean out and a picker wound up with this stuff. It all came together, but without box or envelope. For what its worth, the address on the document still stands, but was hit by flooding in 2018. Everything shown came off Okinawa. The bring back do
  10. Just before everything shut down in 2020, I went to an estate sale. It was a little bit of a drive, but there seemed to be an inkling of good stuff. It turns out there was, the man was an officer, but the family knew very little about his history. From my understanding he was in one of the Corps. In any case I found a little bit of stuff. The family kept the rifles and the swords. But my favorite was this Japanese helmet emblem evidently sent home with a note wrapped in tape. Best ABN
  11. Sometimes things show up in the oddest of places, but I was called to a house clean out earlier this year and for whatever reason there was a little basket, something like the little round sewing baskets used for buttons and stuff, but without a lid. It was a catch all of sorts, where when someone came home, they emptied their pockets into the basket. Amongst 1970s pocket change, some keys, a tape measure and a few other odd ends was this group of stuff. How or why it was there I haven't a clue. There wasn't anything else in the entire house. It included the man's dog tag, two saki cups, two
  12. I went to an estate sale in Texas in October 2019. I think it might have been outside Salado (I have to check my files), but it was a farm out in the middle of nowhere. The man had grown up on the farm and when he came back from the war he built a 2nd story to the farmhouse. I must say, in its heyday, it must really have been something because his "office" if you will was a shortwave radio station and work bench to work on everything electronic. It was a really cool place. He obviously collected all sorts of stuff and had a fossil/rock/gem stone collection and a whole library room. I believe t
  13. I'll be digging more stuff out over time, but I have this one quite accessible. I don't know the exact story on this one, but a friend of mine was at an estate sale and found this one buried pretty deep in a closet and I wound up with it. Evidently, I don't think this was the box this stuff was brought home in, but it would appears to be a late 40s/50s child's clothing box likely signifying the growing importance of other things in the vet's life than the mementos contained within. I suspect it was packed away and never opened until around 2012. Best ABN
  14. For a follow up, I'd like to present this chocolates box I found in a basement at an estate sale two years ago. The airplane fabric, the shrapnel and a couple casings are all from WW1. A few of the bullets are from the 1930s and early 40s. I have the name of the family, but not the name of the individual who brought these back, but its as found in November 2018, in a teens or 20s candy box. Best ABN
  15. 75 years ago, as American GI's advanced around the globe they picked up a variety of souvenirs, but as time progresses the era of finding souvenirs in their original state, as they were carried, or as they were shipped home is coming to a close. Therefore, I thought it'd be of interest to document, even showcase, the art of how things were carried or brought home. I'd like to start this thread off with a German cigar box brought back by Gerald Miller ASN 3 9 3 2 6 5 0 8. This cigar box was found in Oregon which appears to be where Mr. Miller resided and it appears to be what he carried wi
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