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    Aurora, Illinois
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    Collecting Military Order of the Serpent related items

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  1. I agree, I think it stands for United States Volunteers. This patch was probably made around the time of the Spanish American War. It doesn't look anything like Roosevelt. Maybe it is one of the officers from the Rough Riders?
  2. Those are fantastic Cootie badges! I've never seen those bars before and appreciate your sharing them. There is a good chance that the engraver made the letter "P", lost concentration, then added the down stroke thus making the "R", then had to fix things by adding the irregular P. The funny thing is, this is exactly the kind of craziness I would expect from a cootie. So, there is a non-zero chance that this was on purpose. 😄 Kevin
  3. I am afraid I cannot answer any of your questions, but that is one great looking society medal! Kevin
  4. 3mxd, That does help quite a bit. Now I am on the lookout for a lot more bars! Would you happen to have photos of any of the bars not previously depicted? At the very least, would you be able to share a photo of the Past Supreme Seam Squirrel badge? It sounds really interesting! Kevin
  5. That is a really fine example. This is the first time I am seeing one in color. I've only ever seen them in b/w photos. Thanks for sharing. Kevin
  6. This looks like the start of a great collection. It's really interesting that the reunion badge depicted on the cover is slightly different than what was executed by the badge maker. The condition of your two badges is nice. Kevin
  7. Came across this little gem the other day. It is an Army & Navy Union Auxiliary Past President presentation pin for 1967-1969. It is just short of 2" from top to bottom. There is no maker's mark, nor is there a stamp for gold content. There is machine engraving on the reverse.
  8. gravdiggr, I am referring to the bars as seen on the M.O.C. ribbon. Not including the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree bars, I have seen the following AZORES HOSTILE WATERS PATROL BELGIUM ENGLAND FRANCE GERMANY LUXEMBURG MEXICO How many bars were there? What do they mean? Is there an order of precedence? When were they used? When did they stop using them? There are so many questions, but I have yet to find answers. I am hoping someone more familiar with M.O.C. history can help. Kevin
  9. Has anyone been able to determine the meaning behind the ribbon bars for M.O.C. badges? I reached out to the organization, but since I am not a member, the response implied the answers would not be forthcoming.
  10. I stumbled across this amazing presentation badge on the website of the Naval History and Heritage Command. "National Association of Naval Veterans commemorative medal, 1899. The medal has three sections with chains connecting each section. The top is a plaque with the text "DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP" bordered by scroll work along the top and sides with a cresting fin along the center bottom. Attached to the top is a profile view of an eagle holding an American shield in its talons. The eagle has a red jewel encrusted eye. The center section of the medal bears the rank o
  11. Can anyone help me with the identity of this badge? It is bronze, dated between 1925-1929, has the word "LOYALTY" engraved on one of its bars and bears a US Shield and Eagle. On the pendant, the initials S.M.C. are engraved. Is it 100% Duty? National Guard? A Shooting Badge? I don't think that it is because normally they include "100% Duty", or "N.G.", or a type of weapon used in the match. I am stumped. Standard googling came up with nothing. Here's hoping one of you has seen one before and knows what it is. Thanks in advance! Kevin
  12. I have always wanted a die used for creating M.O.S. or M.O.L. membership badges. I just obtained one manufactured by the M.C. Lilley company of Ohio to create M.O.S. reunion badges like the one depicted from the 1928 Grand Convocation in Chillicothe, Ohio. From The Autry Museum of the American West:
  13. Thanks! I look forward to seeing what you find. Stay safe and good luck with those windows! The search continues! KB
  14. ARTICLE VII. Insignia. SECTION 1. ( 1) The insignia of the Military Order of the Carabao shall consist of an equilateral triangle of bronze 1 ½ inches at base line, point upward, thereon in gold relief the head of a carabao, en profile; at the apex of triangle in relief, a rustic monogram of the letters "M. O. C." ( 2) The insignia shall be pendant from a bronze bar by a ribbon of khaki color 13/16 inch wide, edged with dark blue ¼ inch wide. The bar is inscribed with the legend "Military Order of the Carabao" in relief, surmounting it a sea and rising therefrom a volcano. ( 3)
  15. According to Bishop and Elliot's American Society Medals, this is an example of a Type I membership medal for the Military Order of the Carabao. Bishop and Elliot claim that this version was only used from "June 30 and August 5, 1905". If true, that is amazing that a badge of this high quality design would be used for only 37 days. (Image obtained from a public, online auction website and is used only for reference.)
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