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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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 of Rear Admiral with a fouled anchor flanked on either side by a star. There is a rope border around the blue field. On top of the bar there is a ruby and an emerald. The reverse side is inscribed // Presentation by / Rear Admiral / W.T. Sampson U.S.N. / Sept. 8.99 // The bottom section of the medal is a helm wheel beset with diamonds around the outer rim of the wheel and one large diamond in the center. Between the spokes of the helm is the text // NANV 1899 // The reverse side is inscribed // PRESENTED TO REAR ADMIRAL / J.F.R. FOSS / BY THE NAT’L rump’N OF / NAVAL VETERANS. U.S. of A / AND OTHER FRIENDS-PHIL’A / SEPT 1899 // The medal is backed by a blue silk ribbon with white clusters of stars." (Image obtained from the Naval History and Heritage Command website.)
  5. 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
  6. 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:
  7. Thanks! I look forward to seeing what you find. Stay safe and good luck with those windows! The search continues! KB
  8. 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) The reverse of the insignia then is represented in bas relief the Coat of Arms or flag of the so-called Filipino Republic. -excerpted from "Historical sketch, constitution, and register of the Military Order of the Carabao together with songs that have been sung at "wallows" in various places." edited by Military Order of the Carabao, Publisher: W.F. Roberts Co., Washington, D.C.,1914. This description is in reference to what Bishop and Elliot describe as the Type 2 badge. According to them, the gilding and blackening of the badge ceased in the mid 1980s. Below is an example of the currently M.O.C. badge, referenced by B&E as Type 2a. (image referenced from USMF member Kanemono in topic Military Order of the Carabao medal numbered to RADM Walter S. Crosley )
  9. 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.)
  10. "The Military Order of the Carabao was organized at Manila, P. I., in November, 1900, for the purpose of fostering a high standard of military and social duty and to perpetuate the memories and associations of military service in the Philippines during the early days of American occupation. The origin of the Order grew out of an idea conceived at a dinner at the Officers' Club in Manila shortly after the return of troops from China in 1900. The name was suggested by Major George L. Byram, U. S. A., in recognition of the services rendered to the American forces by the faithful Carabao, the principal beast of burden in the Philippines. The Carabao, the patron saint of the Order, has ever since been praised in song and verse by every soldier of the Philippine campaigns in honor of the indispensable services rendered in the absence of the Army mule." -excerpted from "Historical sketch, constitution, and register of the Military Order of the Carabao together with songs that have been sung at "wallows" in various places." edited by Military Order of the Carabao, Publisher: W.F. Roberts Co., Washington, D.C.,1914.
  11. I know this might be a long shot, but I was wondering if anyone could help me out. I am looking for information contained within the programs that were given out during the U.S.W.V. National Encampments. I know this kind of ephemera doesn't always survive the ravages of time. But, if any of them did, the members of the USMF would have them! 🙂 I have performed as many online searches for copies as is humanly possible. I have tracked down some to libraries across the entire US. But, for the project I am working on, I still need the information from more than a dozen programs. If anyone has access to the U.S.W.V. National Encampment Official Programs for the following years, please contact me: 1934, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1953, 1964, 1977, 1983, 1990, and 1991. Thank you for looking and thank you in advance for any help you can provide! Kevin
  12. This MOWW membership badge is newly acquired by me. It is the first one I have ever seen with palms on the short ribbon version. Does this denote a current (silver) Sr. or Jr. Vice Commander-In-Chief? If anyone has any insight, I would be glad to learn more. Kevin
  13. I have located another Past Commanders badge for the Coast Guard League. This one is inscribed on the back "William F. Lego. 1949" I couldn't find any information online about his service. This badge has a Blackinton maker's mark on the back. It differs from the one above as it is raised, rather than recessed.
  14. To the best of my knowledge, there is only one (incomplete) existing ledger for Bayani grade members number 1 - 2023 and it is in my possession. I estimate that there were on the order of 5000 Bayani grade members in total. Is there another ledger somewhere? Possibly, and I would love to own it. "The Snaix" is a play on words for "The Snakes" and used as a colloquial reference to the Military Order of the Serpent.
  15. Bayani Grade Member #1980, HARRY STARKEY, went by the Philippino name "Diego De Loma" and lived in Detroit, Michigan. That is, according to my M.O.S. Bayani grade member ledger. Nice, named badge to a member of the Snaix who served the organization on the national level. Kevin
  16. It is hard for me to believe that one year after finding the above gavel, I have found one of my Military Order of the Serpent holy grails! When I first started collecting M.O.S. items back in 2000, I came across a black and white photo of a vet wearing a fez with felt letters spelling out G.G.G. on it. Military Order of the Serpent local level presidents were called Gu Gu Grandississimos. I assumed only M.O.S. officers wore fezzes based upon that observation. I have been on the lookout for a fez ever since, never actually thinking I was going to find one. Because my collection is so highly focused, I rarely add anything to it these days. But, I am always on the lookout for pieces to add. I search every day. And, that searching has paid off. I found this nearly perfect, green M.O.S. fez with embroidered lettering. I had assumed from the original photos I saw that the lettering was painted. Upon receipt I discovered that this fez was professionally made with machine stitching. The only marking inside is its size (6 7/8). Unfortunatetly, it has no maker's label. I can only assume that it was made by one of the many novelty companies that supplied veterans' organizations. If anyone out there knows of any other M.O.S. fezzes, or other M.O.S. costumes, please contact me. I would love to see more. Kevin
  17. This sounds like a great, little, specialized collection. Do you have any photos of it that you can share? Kevin
  18. I have stumbled across what appears to be an RVA membership badge with both Department and Post Commander bars on it. The border of these Commander bars are similar to that of the Regularship suspension bar. There are also two date bars for the years 1939 and 1940. These date bars are very similar to the ones used by the American Legion. Are they original to the piece? It is hard for me to say that they were added on later because it appears that the ribbon was made long enough to accommodate their presence. I would love to find an RVA Constitution and Bylaws to see what they had to say about which bars were proper to attach. Kevin
  19. As of 2017, the stats for this organization have risen for Programs and lowered for Fundraising with Administrative expenses remaining the same: Programs: 77% Fundraising: 19% Administrative: 4% This remains a worthy charitable organization.
  20. I have a version of this lapel button that is different. It has a rounded back and does not have the GAR campfire. Kevin
  21. I am really enjoying seeing all of these Kansas related items! They are outstanding, to be sure. I have a Chicago 1900 collection and I have never seen the yellow Kansas ribbon before. Now I have to find one for myself! Thanks yet again for sharing your collection. Kevin
  22. Hi, Bobby, Thank you for your post! I had no idea that current and past VFW officers wore the rank strap at the top of the ribbon. As mentioned previously, organizations like the G.A.R. and the U.S.W.V. moved the strap to the middle of the ribbon when denoting a member was a past officer. The color change for the background is a nice, visual means of denoting past from present. The difference to the 19th and 20th century veterans' organizations is that they did not incur an extra manufacturing cost for their past officers insignia. Circling back to the first post on this thread, it looks like the original badge, having 4 silver stars on a red background, is for a Past National Commander in Chief. Thank you again for providing this information! Kevin
  23. The United Daughters of the Confederacy honors modern day veterans who are descendants of Confederate veterans. Modern conflicts with living veterans are World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict and the Global War on Terror. Depicted here are two recent acquisitions which are examples of the cross for veterans of World War 2. Both are numbered, but I do now know to whom they were awarded. The example with the smaller number of issue was made by the Medallic Art Company (MACO). I do not know who manufactured the example with the larger number. I think they might have been made by two different companies. The UDC suspension device is different between the two examples. (I apologize for the blurry image of the obverse. These medals are quite thick are difficult for a flat bed scanner to image.) Kevin
  24. That is a great collection of National Encampment Badges. When I first started collecting a wise, older Civil War collector encouraged me to collect G.A.R. 34th National Encampment badges. Collecting badges, ribbons, pins, and other ephemera from that reunion has been fun, interesting, frustrating, and enjoyable. I hope you find that your Kansas collection is equally enjoyable. Once again, thanks for sharing. You have some badges the likes of which I have never seen before and they are great! Kevin
  25. I love pre-1900 reunion items. These are extremely interesting. And, I can honestly say that I have not seen the likes of Kansan Volunteer anything before. Thank you very much for sharing. Kevin
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