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  1. It looks the New York National Guard’s crest, Henry Hudson’s ship the Half Moon. Interesting to see it as it’s own insignia. I wonder what those holes held? Friar
  2. Looks like you got it just in time...really neat set. Glad you saved it. Hope you can mitigate the mold/moisture damage.
  3. Based on the heraldry my guess is an infantry unit (sky blue color) that saw action in the Boxer rebellion (Chinese tower upper right), Mexican Border Service (Cactus loser left) and four campaigns or battles in France during WWI based on the four Fleur-de-lis. Friar
  4. The black and red cockades are for the Kingdom of Wurttemberg. Friar
  5. It looks like a miniature version of the non portable or “table” commemorative medal that congress authorized for survivors in 1990. Most images in my search pulled up the full sized version. But I saw a similar mini medal in a survivors shadow box during a google search. Friar
  6. In the Air Force, jump wings on officers have often been referred to as the Academy Frat Badge, as many USAFA cadets earn them. When this man went through the Academy he likely earned his wings at Fort Benning through the Army Jump school. The Academy later created its own free fall jump program that many cadets get a chance to participate in. Successful completion of either program earns cadets permanent wear of Jump Wings. The Academy program is currently also open to a select few ROTC cadets as well so seeing wings is not always a guarantee that the officer went to the Academy. Hopefully th
  7. I’d say it’s a screaming skull with bat wings. Pretty cool looking but my guess would be it’s biker related. Though with the bullion I guess you never know. Friar
  8. Thanks sigsaye. Was never sure what that square pieces name was. Missed the lack of stars. Appreciate the info. One more question. I know the sleeve piping used to indicate the lowest three enlisted ranks. Did the collar also have less piping or was it always 3? Friar
  9. Those Middie blouses are interesting in the fact that they still have the 3 stripes on the bib and the sleeve cuffs. I know sea scouts remove the center stripe of jumpers to demilitarize them and most children’s sailors suits i’ve usually only have one or two stripes. It’s surprises me that these fashion pieces used three. Friar
  10. They are overseas bars. They replaced the overseas chevrons of the First World War and are still issued today. They each represent 6 months overseas. So this gentleman spent at least two years outside of CONUS. Friar
  11. Beautiful. Thank you for posting. Modem swords have the same engraving but lack some of the detail. I did not notice a makers mark either. It could be obscured by the leather washer (but i would not mess with it if it doesn’t move easily). Thanks for posting the pictures. I’m glad you have such a beautiful heirloom. Sincerely, Friar
  12. The silver chevrons were for 6 months of stateside service during the war. Here is a great article/post on the subject. Friar
  13. Now that’s a uniform that will never make a come back but I really wish it would. It’s just a handsome looking piece. It looks relatively comfortable too. Friar
  14. I would love to see some pictures of the blade engraving (it it has any) It’s been pretty standard for years but it’s neat to see different manufacturers take on the designs. Also at the base of the blade near the hilt there should be makers marks that tell you which company made it. Sincerely, Friar
  15. Embroidery looks pinkish. USMC War bride? Lol Friar
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