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  1. Two sellers are selling from the same collection. I can't confirm that it is the Nesmith collection or not, but I did message back forth with this seller and mentioned that epicartifacts had the same quality and style of photography and this seller confirmed that he's helping sell the large lot. https://www.ebay.com/usr/weiljr074u One of the items I bid on, a Middlesex regiment tunic with attribution, checked out nicely and I was very confident about it. Unfortunately I was outbid and it will be one I kick myself over. I did inquire about the multiple relistings and the response was a b
  2. I don't recall which unit, there were a couple listed through the year(s). Definitely wouldn't be 4th Mar Div if it's post 1945. If the UNIS mark and the name are a pair, then the set would date to 1945 or earlier before the 4th Marine Div was deactivated, correct? If you limit your search to wartime only, your matches for R W Kirby are a few Roberts, none of whom were in 4th Div. I did not investigate further to try to find their service numbers as they're not usually listed in WWII rolls. In my opinion the set was reissued and retained the faded UNIS marking. The name stamp
  3. There is a Robert W. Kirby in the muster rolls from 1955/56 (we'll say mid 50s) with service number O66326 which matches the collar stamp 6326 K. I have seen tops and bottoms mixed between types (you get what's in stock whether it fits or not) and I have seen P41, 44 and any others used well post WWII as well. Rob
  4. Yes, I have learned since that time (wow, 2013!) that this is always more likely the NATO service ribbon. It is recognized in some manuals and pamphlets along with ribbons like "Korean Occupation" that would cost you a fine if caught! Excellent photo showing it in use. Thanks, Rob
  5. The ones you posted are what Allan described as waxy - I don't know if they're wax impregnated or coated in a lacquer, we can fight about it as I haven't found a patent for it yet, but the point is they're regular fabric with some kind of impregnation. The heat formed type I describe is like a middle ground between wolf brown and cellophane. It's constructed using a standard ribbon with a sheet of thicker plastic formed around it. The cellophane is easy to wrap (I have even heard of soldiers using like, cigarette pack cellophane) but the wolf brown is a manufactured process of the ribbon en
  6. I think you have most of your answers especially from Allan. I have posted some details in a short article I put up (though this focuses on post war ribbons) but I included reference from PAM20-158 for the 'banning' of the plastic coating that occurred in the early 50s. I don't know why it was frowned upon as it does make the ribbons look nice and fresh for longer. You can spend your entire collecting life examining the varieties of ribbons. I intended for this article to be a two (or more) part series with the second part getting very granular about the details of these with di
  7. You see the same differences as you would on a WWII set up of an ike. Officers will have US on the collar and branch insignia on the lapels. Yes, rank on the shoulders. By this time both EM and Os wore DUIs on the shoulders. http://www.rcmcollection.com/dill http://www.rcmcollection.com/brass There are two examples I have that may help you. Sent from my Pixel 4a using Tapatalk
  8. Yes. They wore issued type m43, m46 and m50s as well as any private purchase patterns. I can't say if they were more or less common than a chocolate 4 pocket. I see both used at about the same frequency. Rob
  9. This is a really neat jacket. The 29th Inf is a unique Korean War unit. Patches covered most of the details. They actually had all three battalions active on Okinawa, but understrength and the 2d Bn was stripped to fill out 1st and 3d which went to Korea. They were a misfit unit and constantly referred to as an RCT the entire July and August 1950 period though they had no supporting units and little supply from 24th or 25th Div or higher command. They were first attached to 24th and later 25th when they were absorbed as the third battalions to the 27th and 35th Infantry. It wa
  10. He is slow to reply, but he might. He's become active again with a refreshed website and has been selling on ebay. I have bought from him before years ago and everything was fine. Rob
  11. Yes it looks like they're faded or ironed a lot on a shirt or fatigue uniform. Rob
  12. The II Corps uniform and 47th Div posted are the same type of chevron, the M1951 (OD embroidered on blue twill). These replaced the M1948 small combat/non-combatant types. Incorrect on the II Corps and probably original to the 47th though it's likely those ribbons are added. The other type you posted on the Tenth Army is an odd variant that pops up, frequently on PTO uniforms, sometimes on ETO, that from here appears to be the green embroidered on green felt. They're kind of mysterious. I believe they are US produced and have not found an explanation for the color.
  13. Incredible group. The amount of field worn Korean pieces you have is fantastic. Based on the khaki uniform you show with 8th Army on the left sleeve and ghost of 6 o/s bars, to answer your question about CBI / 2d Army combo I would say yes, those are WWII (at least, pre - Korea) uniforms. I really like the Korean pieces you show. If you have not found the 92d AFA website, he is mentioned many times: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3A92ndafa.homestead.com+bigler&oq=site%3A92ndafa.homestead.com+bigler&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i58.3183j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=
  14. Just so Kurt isn't the only one posting here, I wanted to share this magazine I recently picked up. A detailed magazine type of publication distributed by the Chinese illustrating their fair and generous treatment of prisoners of war. Obvious propaganda shows luxurious life for the captured. Entertaining but very informative. 1953 Published by Chinese People's Committee for World Peace | Peking, China https://www.rcmcollection.com/Archives/UNITED-NATIONS-P.O.W.s-IN-KOREA Rob
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