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  1. No idea, you have to register to see end prices
  2. Don't know if this was ever posted here...another Hank Porter piece that sold on Heritage Auctions. Here's the description that accompanied it: "Hank Porter - WWII USMC Insignia "Conquistador" Design (Walt Disney, c. 1940s). From the hand of Hank Porter comes a very rare "human" World War II Insignia. This was done for the United States Marines Public Relations for the Western Area. The design appears to reference Spanish conquistador Vasco Núñez de Balboa (1475-1519). Graphite with a red circle and blue highlights. Artwork is on vellum type paper with an approximate image size of 5.5" x 5.5". Fine condition."
  3. Not really, it doesn't seriously increase value with people willing to pay those prices. I wouldn't pay more than sum of the parts for this group with that letter
  4. I have noticed that as of late, few items all at once and then dead space
  5. It's staggered...mine just popped for this month, too
  6. More eBay Bull...once I ship the item, it's not eBay's job to hold my money
  7. Weak provenance on the patch.
  8. I see no provenance that the patch was ever Boyington's and not just picked up as a representative piece long ago.
  9. A current USN officer collecting USMC...your secret's safe with us, sir
  10. There certainly is a similarity. I've never been good at seeing familiarity in faces, but I'd say there's a chance...
  11. I think I paid around $60 for mine...but it's one of those things that I feel you get what you pay for. There are some really expensive ones on the market...but they exceed anything I can imagine needing them for. But I don't collect painted helmets, either. I suppose the bonus of these is they double down as an educational experience for children...if anyone needed to justify their purchase to their wife, there's your in
  12. Jo has his own enamel militaria forum where he posts his research, and also frequents the HJ Research forum
  13. They would be useful for engraving, as well, I would agree These have been used with great success on transparent and translucent enamels to debunk older fakes. Notably, the Hitler Youth Distinguished Foreigner badges and the French/Norwegian Administrative badges. Both have largely been held to be original and needless to say it is causing quite the fury with some of the old hands who spent thousands on their pieces decades ago, much like the debunking of the Champagne runes did. These penetrate through such enamels and allow one to really see the composite of them, as well as the metal work beneath. However, they don't do much good with opaque enamels but do show the metal edges surrounding them, such as with Norwegian NS badges and China Marine diamonds
  14. These microscopes aren't just good for helmet collectors...but militaria collectors of all types. They're handy for seeing tool marks on the edges of badges, and have been particularly useful in studying characteristics of enamel badges. I've had one of these for six months, and Dirk has had one for awhile, as well. These things are the future of debunking fakes in the hobby
  15. They're bullying me, too. My hobby fund my hobby, so going straight to my PayPal was convenient. I think this just has to do with the fact that eBay and PayPal split awhile back
  16. No, that's machine fretting. Hand fretting was largely replaced in the mid-late 30s
  17. Pattern 1920 enlisted, first true enlisted collar emblem ever used. Used in the 20s into the 30s
  18. I'd say 1950s or later...appears to be the P1956 emblem, but image is too small to see details. An emblem in 1921 would have used both latitude and longitude...this was the norm into the 30s
  19. I looked at that, as well as the Walsh Trophy badge, thinking maybe the curvatures were washed out by the light...but this thing just looks too perfectly straight edged so I have my doubts
  20. Historic Aerials is a great resource to find hunting grounds. They have aerial photos dating back to the 40s and 50s, showing changes over the years Keep in mind that it is against the law to take artifacts off military installations. Everything we find on the Camp goes into a shadow box in the CP
  21. Another forum member pointing this out in a photo in my collection...an unknown rectangular badge beside the rifle expert badge. It's surely got to be a competition award, but doesn't match any USMC badge of the era I know of. I'm thinking maybe from a sister service competition? Can anyone wager a good guess? Photo was taken in China, Christmas 1925
  22. nice luck I have tried off and on for years and had little luck with finding militaria, with the exception of some WWII and KW era brass on my camp. I even tried in Norway with a CMD...which was a huge mistake, as the CMD penetrates way too deep and I ended up digging deep often and for naught. I have had more luck finding relics on the surface than metal detecting...walking through the stream that cuts through base, magnet fishing the river...but there's treasure out there to be found
  23. I said that it was earliest the 50s because that's when numbers went into effect, and estimated 60s. Seeing the finish now, I'd say late 60s/early 70s production, but surplus stocks were still being issued into the 80s. I was issued a 1985 dated French Fourragere in 2007...sometimes the stuff kicks around warehouses for a spell It doesn't really matter if it was made in the 50s, 60s, or 70s...it doesn't change the value and would still be appropriate on a cap of any of those decades
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