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  1. I have noticed that as of late, few items all at once and then dead space
  2. It's staggered...mine just popped for this month, too
  3. More eBay Bull...once I ship the item, it's not eBay's job to hold my money
  4. I see no provenance that the patch was ever Boyington's and not just picked up as a representative piece long ago.
  5. A current USN officer collecting USMC...your secret's safe with us, sir
  6. There certainly is a similarity. I've never been good at seeing familiarity in faces, but I'd say there's a chance...
  7. 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
  8. Jo has his own enamel militaria forum where he posts his research, and also frequents the HJ Research forum
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. No, that's machine fretting. Hand fretting was largely replaced in the mid-late 30s
  13. Pattern 1920 enlisted, first true enlisted collar emblem ever used. Used in the 20s into the 30s
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. I was mostly wondering if it was an original 1940s government strike (PX replacement, etc) vs something done much later/re-ribboned What's Adam's site?
  21. They could, but the archives might not be operating mid-COVID. At least not for requests. For early competitive shooting, a phenomenal resource is Barde's "Marine Corps Competitive Marksmanship'. Expect to pay around $80 when you can even find it, however with enough patience you may snag it for $50 The book confirms he went Distinguished in rifle in 1931. It also confirms him being on the winning team for the Elliot Trophy in 1935 on the Quantico team. His team and their scores: Capt WW Davidson (275) 1LT IM Bethel (281) Cpl RB McMahill (273)
  22. Picked this up a month or two back...always wanted one and original presentation strike is certainly never going to happen The suspension is not as bulbous as the early slot-back replacements, but the planchet seems to have nice honest patina. Not a big medal guy...what do you guys think? 1940s official strike, re-ribboned replacement, collector restrike junk?
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