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  1. Thank you for the help, I think I made myself worry knowing that there were restrikes and not knowing what one looked like. Just goes to show there is no substitute for handling the items and really knowing what they look like.
  2. I agree, it is likely Boy Scout related, maybe not Order of the Arrow but probably another early scout order. I found this somewhat similear example. The website the photo came from was dead but it says that it was for the order of the red lodge.
  3. Then I am mistaken, thank you for correcting me.
  4. I am wondering if anyone can take a look at this DUI and let me know if it looks ok, I thought it was fine at first but then I noticed that there were small differences between it and the examples published by ASMIC and was concerned that ASMIC noted that they had been restruck and reproduced. The back is a german pinback. Note: If the first picture is terrible I will try to resize it and try again.
  5. I recall seeing a very intresting ASMIC article on the series. I was always confused about it however because unless I am mistaken there is an example of this type for the 17th airborne, which I don't beleive was ever in Italy.
  6. Yes I know of a few examples unfortunately none that I personally own, but the last few months I have been using ancestry to try to research the Alphas I see popping up on Ebay. I know I have seen several that I matched to various MAW units that did not have their SSI. I also know I have seen several named ship detachment marine uniforms that did not have their SSI on them. I do believe I have a screen shot of one of those uniforms that I could show as proof if you want to see it and I can find it. Its possible I guess that I could be mistaken and the uniforms could have belonged to post 19
  7. I looked on Ancestry and there were a ton of J A Weber records, most were post world war 2 however. The only JA Weber Jr. that I could find was Joseph A Weber Jr. who served in a repair branch of the Marine Corps in 1955. I don't think missing an SSI always means that its post ww2, some people didn't bother I think, but this seems like one of the surprising cases where early ww2 gear may have been issued long after the war ended.
  8. Lol I've been looking at that patch also, the seller has been listing some truely awesome items.
  9. The color of the thread is likely irrelevant because those buttons are not the origional ETO jacket buttons so they had to have been replaced at some point. They could have easily been sewn on after the jacket had been dyed in which case those threads would still be white.
  10. One problem with that logic is that I am pretty sure the female uniforms you show are British and the uniform you have is American. The two countries would have done things differently and it is very unlikely you can draw a parallel there. It is odd the tag isn't died, but it is also completely washed out it looks like so maybe it just lost the red tint when the whole thing got washed out over the years.
  11. Thanks for bringing this back up, I just picked one up because I think it will be a really cool addition to the GHQ collection that I am starting to build in the memory of my Grandfather who I believe wore this patch in WW2 and the occupation period.
  12. I wouldn't say that, I think the uniform clearly started as a British made first pattern enlisted mans jacket, everything is correct about it except that it is red and the buttons have been replaced from the OD ones that they normally would have had. Additionally, the tag seems to be in the correct place except it is washed out so that you cant see it. These jackets were made in the 1943-44 time frame for American troops in England. As to why this one is red and has had it's buttons replaced it probably got repurposed after the war. It is identical in most respects to the one found here:
  13. Is there any way you can post a better picture?
  14. That is a wonderful uniform and a better history with it. I love seeing 29th Division items because one of my greatuncles was killed at Brest with the 29th Division so I have a somewhat personal connection to it.
  15. Thanks guys that is good advice, I will definitly include a note in the pocket for whenever down the road it leaves my collection, although I do not see that being any time soon. As a younger collector I think it is good to know what the collecting community's opinion of this issue to avoid trouble. My concern was that at some point down the road someone might call the legitimacy of the entire uniform into question and whether it even had the 4th patch on to begin with since adding the patch would probably obscure the faded area and make it harder to tell what was really there and it would be
  16. It was just an idea, mine is curved in such a way that it fits perfectly on an unrelated liner I have that had an extra hole drilled in it for some reason.
  17. I do have a question for anyone who is willing to share their opinion, what are the ethical considerations of restoring a uniform that has clearly been stripped? In the past I have replaced pins and awards that had clearly been there and I had evidence that the individuals had received but had always drawn the line at repatching uniforms. That being said I am really tempted to find a salty uniform removed 4th Marine patch to replace the one removed. That wouldn't ruin the integrity of the uniform right? I have been reviewing past threads on the forum on 4th uniforms and it seems that patched 4
  18. One of my favorite things about it is that it has several period repairs such as reatached buttons (upside down even) and patched holes that add to the saltiness of the uniform and is consistent with being used for 4-5 years during his career that spanned the duration of the war.
  19. So its not as great as everyones find durring SOS but yesterday I found this salty USMC Alpha at my favorite army surplus store. I got a great deal on it probably due to the fact that a previous owner(probably the vet) had stripped it of the ribbon bar and 4th division patch that had been on it. Its pretty neat that it popped up in the time frame of the 75th anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima. The history behind the uniform is really interesting, it is dated 1940-41 and named to Robert Monroe who enlisted in May 1941 before Pearl Harbor and was with the 5"/.51 caliber artillery group i
  20. Normally not but I have seen some that do it, I actually have that exact same insignia except mine has been curved so I believe it may have been used on a helmet. My best guess is that they were German made.
  21. Those are beyond aweful pictures, Ill go out on a limb and guess that if the tag says ETO jacket then it would be a type of Jacket that was british made for american troops. I think the type 1 had flapped pockets, however the type two version that I have and I beleive is most common does not. If that is what it is then that type of jacket is most frequently seen delonging to pilots with the 8th Airforce. That is only a guess however, better pictures could prove that this is something else entirely.
  22. Man that video is crazy, but I think I have the perfect soluion to the gun problem over there, have them sell all the antiques to collectors in the US! lol. Also sorry about your friend, they may call WW2 vets the greatest generation but I've known some vietnam vets who could give them a run for their money.
  23. Id say that looks more like the grips from an Indian enfield bayonet rather then a british one, the grips have a sharper edge to them while the british normally curved them so they would fit better in the hand. Very intresting knife.
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