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Ray42

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  1. Thats an amazing group, I always love seeing a West Virginia Veteran. My neighbors in WV happen to have the last name Wolfe, I wonder if there is any relation to them.
  2. Oh thank you! That is a very helpful illustration. Luckily for me the pin holes are still present so I know where to place them once I find them, it seems like they were removed recently so I wonder if the Goodwill still has them in the back. I have always wondered what becomes of the missing parts. The ranks might be the hardest to find depending on if I can even identify the individual.
  3. Well thats a surprising explanation, I'm a little disappointed that it is not from a ww1 vet, especially since it coincidently had an early 1918 date. Thanks for the information, is this still technically a military uniform then? It seems like this organization part of the navy at one time? Suddenly the research and possible restoration process got a whole lot more complicated lol.
  4. This WW1 officers Jacket came out of a goodwill today, it is in fairly decent shape despite missing the collar devices and rank pins which can be expected from anything found at goodwill. It is named and dated 3-5-18 in the pocket which was a nice surprise. I am unfamilear with the buttons that are on the uniform however, I don't know if they hold any significance indicating the officer was a doctor or are just private purchase buttons added by the officer. Overall I am happy to add my first WW1 uniform to my collection because I have been searching for one and am happy to have a new research
  5. Second is an Aviation company special forces patch that looked very different from others I have seen. The only other one I could find was blue and not full embroidered like this one which is ultimately why I passed.
  6. Finally these patches were on a Majors uniform that seemed far too good to be true, from the tags in the jacket looking wrong and not recognizing what Atlantico is I decided to pass but am currious to know if the patches were in fact real.1st is a 131st Avn Co, where the eagle's eye looks different from others I have seen.
  7. The stitching does look similear to the stiching on some other Vietnam made items I have.
  8. I just got back from a trip to goodwill where I found some surprisingly good Vietnam items, which make me question if they are genuine. First are a pair of tiger strips that I couldnt pass up due to the price. They have no tags or stamps anywhere I look and have a theater made feel to them. I know nothing about tiger stripes and have avoided them largely for that reason but did they ever have tailers make them in Vietnam? The way the pockets are sewn onto the pants coupled with a few minor flaws makes me think that they cannot be commercially made since they wouldn't meet quality standards.
  9. Unfortunatly I can't seem to at the moment, the hallmarks are too small for my phone to capture without the file being to big for site. I actually just found the maker using the Assayers marks which appear to match the ones used by a company called Gorham from provenance which used a lion, anchor, and G. This company used a scimitar to represent the year 1917 which means it is definitely from WW1. That leaves me still unsure of what the BM means. Is this maker common? I will try posting a picture in the future to show the marks clearly once I figure out the technology.
  10. Thanks Ill try that, I failed to notice that it didnt look like an "American style" eagle until after I bought it but figured I would check to be sure.
  11. In the same trip I picked up a great set of WW1(?) Captains "coffin lid" bars for free. They are well marked on the back and appear to have been made by a jeweler due to the punch marks but I was wondering if anyone knows what maker used the BM hallmark with the schimmer. I have not been able to find it on the forum hallmark pages. thanks!
  12. I picked these up from a very successful trip to an antique store recently and I was wondering if this bullion patch was military in origin. It was cheap enough and looked close enough for me to take a chance on it, but am wondering if anyone knows what it is.
  13. What a coincidence I was at Ikea yesterday and was looking at getting a Turbo for storing extra uniforms. Glad to hear its great for this use because I really the solid look that it has to it. You have a great war room going.
  14. Thats a good group of fun shooters to keep. I hope downsizing is a long time away for me because I could never imagine selling a gun, however, my list that I would never get rid of so far are my first 1943 dated M1, M1D, 1911 West Point class pistols, and an interesting espagne 92, which I have some circumstantial evidence may have been used and brought back by a WW1 veteran.
  15. Finally this 24th division shirt caught my eye as I was leaving. I thought it might be theater made and worth that risk since it was only 5$. I figure I can probably recreate the ribbon bar that is missing and will have a nice shirt from someone who was a Korean War vet.
  16. This medic's ripstop jacket that was 1969 dated also caught my eye. It must not have been used in Vietnam because it probably wouldn't be in such good shape if it had been but its still neat.
  17. The trip proved very fruitful and I happened to find another navy aviotor uniform that I pulled from the rafters for $30. I personally think that the pair of bullion wings on this uniform are significantly more attractive then the first due to the rolled metal that forms the top of the wings. Both jacket and pants are named to G B Hurlbut and dated 8/1945 which I beleive is Gordon Buckland Hurlbut whose obituary says that he was a navy flight instructor during ww2, however his rank is listed as Lt. J.G. so if it is him he must have been promoted from ensign at some point.
  18. Front where all of the helmets, hats, and really high end items and field gear are.
  19. More uniforms along the wall and what I think is some large practice bomb leaning against the wall. It has fins on the bottom so I assume its some ordinance.
  20. Here you can see how large groups of the uniforms hang from the beams of the roof. Its neat to see but it makes it a pain to get to and they are all really dusty and cobwebby when they come down.
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