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  1. Thank you everyone for the wealth of advice and input! 👍 After much deliberation, I've decided to pick up another M7 and leave the Conetta in the package. An issued one may be more visually appealing for display on a (Cold War militaria) wall, as opposed to a mint condition example. Once again, much appreciated!
  2. I recently picked up a brand new, still factory sealed 1967 contract Conetta M7 Bayonet for a reasonable price. My quandary is to open it or not, thus ruining the mint condition of the packaging. I would like to open it and photograph everything for reference. I haven't found anything similar (unopened m7s) here on USMF, and I think that it would be worth posting the pictures, thus contributing to the collective knowledge. Will this affect the value down the road, or would it not if I kept the carton with the bayonet? Any opinions would be greatly appreciated!
  3. Thank you for the response, Bruce! I really appreciate the insight about the GCMs. I was asking because I was watching this on an auction site, but was outbid. According to NARA, It was awarded to a USAAF Staff Sergeant from Chicago for service during WWII.
  4. I was wondering, does the engraving on this Army Good Conduct Medal look contemporary to the WWII era or more recent? It appears done by hand, but I am by no means very experienced (unlike some forum members) regarding engraving. Also, is this official or privately engraved? Thank you in advance for any responses! 😀
  5. Here is a Great War era Horstmann NCO whistle w/ chain that I have in my collection. This particular whistle is datable to the early 20th century based on the small A used in the abbreviation of Philadelphia. I do wonder if the remnant of dark patina (which looks as if some has been polished off) was a purposeful subduing like the uniform buttons of the era. Here is a link to the Minnesota Historical Society which shows the same exact type of whistle carried by an AEF Field Artillery officer in WWI: https://www.mnhs.org/blog/collectionsupclose/9157
  6. Thanks for the information, I really appreciate it! Hopefully one day the maker(s) of these will be positively identified. Cheers!
  7. MuddyBoots, IMHO this may indeed be a military related whistle. You are correct that this is very close to (if not the same as) a J. Hudson & Co (Acme) Metropolitan general service whistle. I know that military supply companies imported foreign made goods for sale/use in the United States. If I'm not mistaken, N.S. Meyer is one of the businesses that did this, as I have also seen Acme Thunderer whistles marked with the same Meyer shield logo. In the U.S. the example that you have were referred to as "Kinglet" whistles, which were used by company commanders. Here is a picture of an Acme Thunderer that I found on the internet that also shows the N.S. Meyer logo. Cheers!
  8. Thanks for the response, Clinton! ? Is it common to find the thicker planchet USAAF DFCs? Also, do you have any idea of who the manufacturers during WWII (other than the U.S. Mint) were?
  9. Hello everyone, I hope this finds you all well. I have a few questions about this DFC that I picked up recently. I purchased it on eBay, but the pictures weren't very clear so I took a leap of faith and placed a bid. When it arrived, I was very pleased with the condition, but noticed that it was very heavy in comparison to my other (1980's Lordship Industries) DFC. The planchet seems to be quite thick (3mm or so) like the Navy issued Crosses, but it does not have the soldered ring. Is this a later Navy issued medal, or a USAAF medal with a thick planchet? Did the U.S. Mint ever go to the integrated Army style ring to save on labor? Did any other manufacturer produce a thicker strike? I also will post a picture of the case if that helps in identification. Thank you in advance for your opinions/expertise! ?
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  11. Thank you very much, Edelweisse! You are indeed correct that it is a 1914-1918 example. I wanted a variant that would have been awarded to U.S. A.E.F. soldiers and Marines. I will post more pictures once I open it. Also thank you, Hermanus. I really appreciate the additional confirmation that this is a period piece!
  12. Thank you all very much for your response! I'm primarily a U.S. medal collector, so I wanted to be sure before venturing into foreign awards. I think a Croix De Guerre would be a nice addition to my (small) U.S. Great War collection.
  13. That is one minty Robbins Co. DSC! It is wonderful that his family still has his medals. Thank you for sharing Sgt. Beamish's example of heroism!
  14. I was wondering if this French Croix De Guerre is an authentic example? The reason I ask is because of the tips of the swords. Other CDGs that I have seen have sharper tipped swords, as opposed to the more rounded ones on this piece. As far as I can tell (which I could most definitely be wrong) it looks to be period correct. Thanks for any help in advance!
  15. Just out of curiosity, how much do you guys estimate that this would go for? I know named Great War examples can go for large sums of money. Also that is neat that it is a 29th Division attributed piece. One of my best friend's great uncle ( PFC Edward J De Courcey) was a part of the 29th. He was KIA in 1944 in France.
  16. Welcome Nick! That is a nice collection so far! I can sympathize about the poor documentation of common (or was at one point) equipment. I personally love collecting entrenching tools, but if you venture outside of collecting U.S. examples, the information can be very sparse at times. Best wishes to you here on USMF! ?
  17. mdk0911, Thank you for the warm welcome! That is awesome that you come from a family with a military lineage as well. Concerning people, yes it can be a bit frustrating at times when others don't understand the importance of how military affairs have influenced society, or the advances in technology that have come about because of such. It may be a lack of interest, or possibly moral conviction? Nonetheless, we as collectors and history enthusiasts do in fact value it, and the individuals who were a part of it. The legacy of the men and women that have given a up a portion of time (and in some cases their lives) to military service deserve to be remembered!
  18. tdogchristy, I can totally relate. I'm am very passionate as well about history, particularly that of a military nature. I believe that a zeal for history is of key importance, as it helps to ensure the ongoing documentation, preservation and remembrance of different eras in the human experience. I love to research various items and the context surrounding them. The USMF is such an invaluable resource for information, and has been extremely useful to me in the past. We all are truly fortunate to have such a wealth of knowledge readily available.
  19. A couple close-ups of the date and serial number.
  20. I wanted to show a piece of USAF history that I personally think is cool. This is a 1956 dated Felsenthal & Sons MB-4 Dead Reckoning (navigation) computer that I picked up a couple of months ago. It also came with the leather storage sleeve which is not shown here.
  21. I know this is kind of an old thread, but I'd like to add my data plate for a General Electric Turbojet engine. These plates would have been used on the J79 (F-4A, B-58, etc.) and If I'm not mistaken, the J85 as well. This one was never stamped with the model or any other data.
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