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Everything posted by ludwigh1980

  1. Great photography skills, better than a Rock Island Premier Auction Catalog!
  2. Lincoln Brigade Spanish Civil War...wow. Bet the family showed it to some-one who was a history buff and it disappeared shortly there after. I have to imagine that is quite a valuable medal. I have only seen a couple of items related to Lincoln Brigade in many years of collecting American Volunteer material. This was when a few American's fought against Franco's forces in Spain in the 1930's. Think Ernest Hemingway.
  3. Originals bring $2500 in good condition.
  4. A couple things that causes me to pause. The liners were typically brown in color as well as the sweat band. The stiffener material will be raw burlap and in this case it looks like some sort of white material? Why is the sweatband in such bad condition and the label is in great condition. These paper labels are easy to reproduce and can be found in the more accurate re-inactor caps. Better pictures would help. Of note the caps were made with a combination of hand sewing and machine stitching. The machine stitching of the period is significantly different than today’s. Stitch lines were not as strait with un- even spacing with stitches much larger in length. Material used for the lining and shell will have variances in thread thickness giving it a variance in smoothness often course look. Just things to examine and better pictures would help in the evaluation.
  5. Keep in mind, that these photographs have historical and monetary value as well as adding value to the other effects that original poster has shown. A lot of this stuff would have never been preserved let alone shared on an open forum like this if it was not the case. Old photo's with other people's relatives typically don't have a high likelihood of being preserved. Photographs with positive identification and historical context such as these are worth at least a few hundred dollars if not more to the right collector and that is just the photographs. Again, keep this in mind when inquiring about the images in question. I myself would be grateful if some-one took the time to post publicly a photograph that might have a relative of mine involved in a historical event.
  6. "You look like a bad idea......get the %4&# over here! I'm taking you home."
  7. Hello, based on the buckle and the buttons, I would say a 1920-30's era civilian marksman or shooting jacket. Not uncommon to find in USMC groups as these civilian made shooting jackets were favored by some match participants.
  8. Wonderful grouping of the Atomic age. Thank you for posting!
  9. I'm thinking post civil war as well. Possible 1880-90 time period and while the belt plate and keeper are military I am thinking the belt was made up for civilian wear or at least state militia.
  10. That is an amazing story. I cannot speak for the wearabout of the purple heart, however I do remember when the set came up for sale.The dog tag is original and did belong to Lt. Wolfe, quite a piece of history. I would encourage you to share this story either in the medal section or the ID tag section to get a little bit more circulation. I wish you luck on your quest, and I hope his medal finds its way back to you.
  11. The ups and downs of a new discovery. Love it!
  12. Very nice collection. I focus on Colorado Volunteer material and as they shipped out of San Francisco as well, a lot of their images were done by the same photographers..
  13. Eagle , side devices, plume socket and base probably real. Shell is a replica as well as the tassel. Looks like the helmet was assembled for a prop for a costume or play.
  14. This was a great group, I think I bid on it on eBay when it sold. Seemed to me it went for what I consider an reasonable price.
  15. Again, what a great find metal detecting. Superb condition for a dug example. I always wanted to do that in upstate New York. I had an apartment at the old Madison Barracks and I was always finding stuff along the beach there. Thank you for sharing.
  16. Wow, now that is a great piece of Civil War history!
  17. Hat is fraternal: knights of pythias. Uniform is a great m1902 NYNG ordinance corps officers coat.
  18. Completely righteous. Nice natural patina and wear. Thanks for showing.
  19. The web chinstrap looks to be repro, The stenciled insignia doesn't look like the typical documented examples, they are pretty consistent. Usually 34th Lids have matching marked liners. I don't like when the painted insignia has large uniform scratching. To be it looks like it was painted and then rubbed to give it a worn appearance. Scratches look recent. Just my opinion.
  20. Great uniform group. Its always nice be able to have a positive ID in a WW1 enlisted man's uniform, especially 82nd Division. Thanks for posting.
  21. Nice helmet for sure. Might have also seen the Marines Deployment to Lebanon in '58.
  22. Smoking deal for $500. Those are worshiped like gods here out west.
  23. Civilian, hard rock Miners belt 1940-60's for holding the battery that attaches to the light on the miners helmet.
  24. Leech & Rigdon style should be completely cast with cast hooks bent into place (no lead filler). Original examples fetch into the 5 figures.
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