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  1. The 1st (circle), and 5th (Maltese cross) Corps Badge. The color red denotes the 1st Division.
  2. After visiting this thread for a second time, I am going to take back what I said. I wasn't looking closely enough at the badge, and I missed one very important detail - a detail that completely changes the story of the badge! You will notice that there is a circle at the center of the cross. When looking at it this morning, it occurred to me that what you have is a veterans badge that represents a soldier's service in both the 1st Army Corps, as well as the 5th! The 1st Corps was essentially destroyed at the Battle of Gettysburg, and the remnants of this corps were transferred to the 5th
  3. Very nice badge! This is the badge for the 19th Army Corps. Rather than a wartime badge, this is actually a veterans corps badge, commemorating his service in the 19th Army Corps. After a cursory search, the 19th Corps turned up two regiments with the number "7". The 7th United States Colored Troops, 7th Illinois Cavalry. I am not sure what the other letters on the arms of the cross signify. The "A" is likely the company that he served in.
  4. This is a steamer trunk, and based on the construction - this would date anywhere from the 1860 to 1900 time period. It "could" have belonged to a Civil War officer to store personal belongings, and it is the type of trunk that would have been part of an army's baggage train... but without any name to go with it, it's "just" a steamer trunk.
  5. Thank you Gil, I appreciate the help!
  6. Good morning everyone, I was wondering if anyone could help with identifying this shoulder cord. None of my references have turned up anything, but I found an online article that suggested that these colors may be for the Ohio National Guard. I'm still not 100% certain. Thoughts?
  7. M1874 from the back, where the new wire loop was added.
  8. The M1874: Notice there are no loops visible from the front.
  9. The M1851 utilized an integral belt loop that was visible from the front of the belt plate. The M1874 did away with this feature, and the loop was brought around to the rear in the way of a wire loop. This is the M1851 from the face:
  10. This is bad news to all of the people who are owed money by them. Does anyone know what caused the ship to go down? Other auction companies seem to run their businesses without any major issues. What went wrong with Manions?
  11. There has been a lot of discussion on this forum (and others) about the huge liberty loan patch collection that has surfaced, and is gradually being sold to dealers and on eBay. Many of these liberty patches are in mint condition, and number in the thousands. Similarly, I have seen "new old stock" from the Civil War (belts and belt plates, hat cords, etc), and World War I items in pristine, "as issued" condition. The point is, such items do exist. To call something a fake based on condition alone will undoubtedly mislead many new collectors as to what is real, and what is not.
  12. Patriot


    Best of all, it doesn't fluoresce under UV light!
  13. According to "American Military Belt Plates", by O'Donnel & Campbell, this is the Model 1874 waist belt plate. On page 544 they indicate that "H. V. ALLIEN began operations in 1876 and continued after World War II. Bazelon & McGuinn also indicates ALLIEN was formed upon the disassociation from Horstmann. O'Donnel & Campbell states that H. V. Allien produced this model from 1900 - 1920, and that this plate also saw extensive militia, commercial, and cadet usage. It should be noted that the example that they illustrate is an officer's version, but it stands to reason that if they
  14. While certainly unusual, it does indeed appear to be authentic. The aging looks correct, and this is always difficult for those who wish to fake such things.
  15. "I looked at one CMS medal; the seller was asking $1500 (WWI miniature), and willing to take $1200. The same medal sold a few months earlier on Ebay for $256." How can anyone justify such a price? You can purchase a Southern Cross of Honor, NAMED to a good unit for half that price!
  16. Superb image! I have checked my references, and I cannot find an exact match. The uniform itself looks very close to the 7th NY, but the shako is definitely something else. I, too, would be leaning to perhaps a pre-war Virginia unit.
  17. US, Imperial & Nazi Germany, and Japanese.... plus anything else that catches my eye...
  18. Many of these M35's were apple green in color, and were later repainted "feldgrau" (field gray).
  19. No problem! Sometimes it can be hard to see details when looking at things in person, but once you take a picture of it, the flash illuminates things that you didn't see the first time 'round. After moving around over 300 pieces of militaria, I finally located the 106th uniform that we've discussed! I just found it last week, so I will get some pictures for you sometime over the weekend. I hope all is well!
  20. This looks like an M35, not an M40. The M35 had applied air vents, whereas the M40 utilized stamped air vents. This modification was designed to save time in the manufacturing process. Very nice!
  21. Very nice! It's very difficult to find these in decent condition, and yours certainly looks like a prize. What is the wing span? The one that I have is the 27" version, and was brought home by a local veteran.
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