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  1. Lots of pictures in my website link. A note on the scissors, the correct pair would be curved because they are supposed to be dressing scissors.
  2. I have an infantry insignia I got from Dave Taylor last year that has the same color to the solder. I am under the impression these are likely surplus pieces from Bannerman or the like.
  3. Here it is next to a 23mm size great coat general service button.
  4. Just got this as an early gift. Its the small size 1851 CW era Engineer hat insignia. Seems to b in pretty nice shape. Thoughts?
  5. Those are great seal buttons, so definitely 20th century.
  6. One thing I didnt expect is how much thinner it would be than a federal button. On the right is a standard Infantry button from 1860. The shank is much cleaner in its attachment on the CSA button as well. Perhaps thats the difference between American and English construction?
  7. Purchased this from Karen Eubanks. Looks to be a nice non dug English wartime manufacture.
  8. But the thin rounded loops appear on dug items as well, such as here. http://www.relicman.com/miscellaneous/imagesmiscellaneous/M0616B.jpg
  9. Here is a question. Are fakers expoosing themselves to lead? From what I have read, the loops were originally attached with solderd lead. If that is true, couldnt lead tests be done to determine whether a piece is more likely to be original. I wouldnt doubt all possibilities, but it would seem most fakers wouldnt expose themselves to toxic material like that.
  10. Then you see items like this that confuse it even more. No loops, but straight pins on this insignia. http://www.shilohrelics.com/cgi-bin/Display_Item.asp?99847
  11. I have seen lots of examples of CW pieces with 4 attaching loops, but seldom 2. Then of course the straight wires are post war add ons by Bannerman and the like. Ive posted photos of two different artillery insignia. Do either, both, or neither appear to be CW?
  12. The 1858 and 1872 model cavalry insignia are very different in appearance. The curvature of the blades, the handles, and the scabbard pieces are all different.
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