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Capt.Confederacy

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    DIX-I Front, Nu Earth
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    Collecting military artifacts (of course) ranging from the Revolutionary War to OIF/OEF.

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  1. Thanks, guys. Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Thanks again.
  2. I took a gamble on this patch and was wondering if anyone could positively identify it as a Viet War-era Snoopy patch. It looks very similar to ones that I have seen on souvenir bush hats made in Thailand during the war. It doesn't glow under blacklight and has sew holes (indicative it was sewn to something) visible under a light bulb along with a wisp or 2 of olive drab thread left behind. I've included a couple of up-close pix. It is approximately 3 inches tall. Can anyone confirm this looks like a period made piece?
  3. I decided to post one of my latest additions in the form of this khaki baseball-style cap. It's well-worn and has a faded Tech Sgt insignia inked on the front and a very faded laundry mark in the interior. It resembles a mechanics cap, and I was wondering (given the lack of tags) if it could be a theater-made item. Has anyone else ran across one of these before? Thanks.
  4. Hi, I've seen some odd shoulder boards popping up for sale on Ebay and elsewhere and was wondering if anyone has seen these before. They are sometimes termed experimental US Army boards and other times just called mystery boards. They look like the green boards that the Army used to use back in the 1970's and 1980's (excluding what's on them), but they are odd to say the least. I don't think they're fashion boards or ROTC boards or military academy boards. The ones that I'm posting have the Armor BOS emblems on them, but I've seen others with other US Army BOS emblems like Dental. Could these be foreign? Here are some pics of them. (Note that they are green in color evne though the first one looks rather black.) Thanks in advance.
  5. Thank you for your help. I thought it looked like they were made deliberately that way. Thanks again.
  6. In a lot of patches I recently acquired, I received 2 wool Navy sleeve rank insignias. The mystery is that neither of them possess a single stripe. While Navy items aren't a specialty of mine, I've never seen these patches without any stripes. I thought that maybe the lower part had been damaged (moths, etc.) and someone just cut that part off, but they look like these were cut at the factory. Does anyone know if insignia like these were used for anything officially or were they just cut down by someone before me? Thanks in advance.
  7. Thank you for the info and the quick reply. Do you have any guess as to where this particular one was made? Thanks again.
  8. Among some recent additions to my collection, I got this particular patch. According to the book, "The American Military Patch Guide", by Morgan and Thurman (Page 67), it's identified as "USMC Airborne Vietnam", but I've not seen this corroborated anywhere else. In fact, Ebay has a reproduction patch like this one listed as "Airborne Short Timer' patch. Has anyone seen a positive ID on this one? Thanks in advance!
  9. I was faced with a similar problem. Not only did I want to catalogue my collection for my own sake, but also I wanted to show my family members what everything was and a rough estimate of value. I have been using Powerpoint for this end, For example, for OIF pieces, I would start a new document labeled "OIF". Then I would insert category slides ("Headgear", "Souvenir Items", etc.) throughout the document and place slides of every piece where it needs to go. That way, I have pictures of every item, value of it, and a description of what it is. If you go this route, make sure to keep it up to date as well as have multiple copies of the file. Hope this helps.
  10. For my 2 centavos, I'd say it's likely a souvenir piece.
  11. I agree. I have come across several of the cardboard-mounted rank sets in the past, and the quality just is not what you'd expect a high-ranking officer to wear. These would have been made exclusively for the souvenir market. However, that being said, I have seen rank sets with obvious pre-03 made shoulder boards sprinkled in them. (According to one OIF vet there in the early days of the operation, he stated that the locals sold mostly original Saddam era items at first. When the supplies started running low, they switched to filling out the rank sets with newly made pieces.) I have a few of these board sets in my collection if anyone wants me to post an image here on this thread.
  12. I agree. I have come across several of the cardboard-mounted rank sets in the past, and the quality just is not what you'd expect a high-ranking officer to wear. These would have been made exclusively for the souvenir market. However, that being said, I have seen rank sets with obvious pre-03 made shoulder boards sprinkled in them. (According to one OIF vet there in the early days of the operation, he stated that the locals sold mostly original Saddam era items at first. When the supplies started running low, they switched to filling out the rank sets with newly made pieces.) I have a few of these board sets in my collection if anyone wants me to post an image here on this thread.
  13. You may want to consider using a powerpoint presentation for catalog purposes. That is what I use. Basically, I set up a powerpoint presentation for each time period that I have (OIF, Vietnam War, WW2, etc.) and then have individual pieces on separate slides. This allows photos of each object as well as some text which can list important details about the object. For example, on the powerpoint presentation titled, " Vietnam War", I have slides of all my VN pieces. Also, in order to more easily group everything in the time period, I insert category slides (cloth insignia, metal insignia, field gear, etc.). It takes a bit of time to set it up, but it has worked very well so far for me.
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