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  1. 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 Corps. This badge very clearly reflects that heritage.


    With that being said, there are are two units that served in the 1st Corps that had the regimental designation of "7". The most important was the 7th Wisconsin, of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, of the 1st Corps. You will better know this brigade as the famed IRON BRIGADE!


    The 1st Corps also had the 7th Indiana, who was with the Second Brigade, 1st Division, of the 1st Corps.


    It's safe to say that the soldier who owned this badge was a veteran of many of the earlier battles that the Army of the Potomac participated in, and had served right up through Gettysburg.


    The question now is whether or not he was with the Iron Brigade. At this point, it is a 50-50 chance. If so, you have a remarkable badge!


    Three of the letters on the badge may be the original owner - and if that is the case, placing a name with the badge should be pretty easy.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.





  5. 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.

  6. 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 produced the officer's version during this time frame, then they most likely produced the NCO version at the same time.

  7. "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!

  8. 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!

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