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  1. Nice set. Would look great on the new Army Green Service Uniform.
  2. I have a set of pin back WWII LTC oak leaves marked "Sterling" and "Guard, N.Y." Any idea who this maker is?
  3. Bill, thanks. I am surprised that high of a number is WWI. Thanks for confirming the OLC is a fake. I had heard that some of these were made in the 1970s but never have seen one before this.
  4. I think this is a put-together group at best, with the OLC probably being a fake. Anyone else want to chime in on this potential eBay bad buy? My reasoning is, why isn't the OLC attached? The OLCs I have seen have round wire attachments and the seller had a PH #777 with an exactly matching OLC, again not attached which was sold prior to this being listed. Also, while I no longer have my DSC reference material, I think #7720 would be a WWII issue and hence have the small OLC with it.
  5. Right place, right time. Congratulations!
  6. As far as I know, only the No. prefixed numbers can be traced.
  7. Allen Menke and I did an extensive article on the Specially Meritorious Medal for Roger Bender's magazine. Unfortunately Roger passed away before the article could be published and the future of his publishing business will be in limbo for quite some time. So, I would like to use this forum to pass on some information we uncovered in our research concerning fraudulently engraved SMMs. The fact that only the U.S. Mint medals were officially engraved and that the J. K. Davison’s Sons die is the only type we have seen with suspicious engraving, this is the first indication that these medals were fraudulently engraved. We have examined five Davison’s-made Specially Meritorious Medals with engraving and in all cases, these have turn out to be fakes. Two medals were examined in person and three were reviewed from photographs. In all cases the engraving is the same except for the name and rating and appears to have been done by the same person. The medal to Cavanaugh pictured here was purchased during the 1965 Orders and Medals Society of America annual convention in California directly from George Studley and was sold as a fake. A medal to Ralph Lockwood, landsman, was sold in a January 2004 Stack’s auction and purported to be original. Three other fakes; to John Garrett, “coxswain”, William Murphy “coxswain” and Gustof Lenz, landsman also have been observed. In all cases, the medals are Davison’s pieces and all have been engraved in a style similar to original 1904 issued SMMs—but with noticeable differences. In addition to all the die discrepancies evident on the Davison’s die, which is the first indicator that these are not original engraved medals, the names on these fraudulently engraved pieces do not appear on any of the lists of authorized recipients. In the case of the medal shown below, Francis Cavanaugh is not on the authorized list of SMM recipients nor is he on any of the Sampson Medal rolls (which would be a requirement for qualifying for the SMM). Also, the rating of coxswain, which is misspelled as coxwain on the original Bureau of Navigation list included in the 30 January 1904 letter to the Mint for engraving, and therefore misspelled on all original SMMs to sailors of that rating, is spelled correctly on this fake. The spurious piece named to Ralph Lockwood with a rating of landsman also does not appear in any of the SMM authorization letters or on any Sampson Medal roll. Also, all fraudulent engravings we observed are missing the comma after the recipient’s name and after the word "from" on the first line of the citation. Also, on original medals, there is a comma after Santiago and also after Cuba; whereas on the fakes the comma following Cuba is usually missing and sometimes even the comma after Santiago.
  8. Sorry, I didn't notice your second post. The so-called Studley variant was produced by J.K. Davison's Sons and it is much more common than the BB & B piece.
  9. Please help identify this US maker mark from the late 1980s or early 1990s. The NASA medal pic seems to indicate it would be a "W" but since the G.I. stamp is sideways I guess it could be an "M". The ARCOM pic would seem that it is clearly a "M" because of the orientation of the G.I. stamp.
  10. Roger leaves a huge hole in the collector community. His kind come don't come around very often and always seem to be gone too soon. Roger had a few books in various stages of completion. Hopefully someone will be able to take the baton and finish the race. Here is a link to Roger's obit with information on his funeral. https://www.darlingandfischergardenc...s/Roger-Bender I think the burial Monday after his funeral mass.
  11. In this picture of Pope's Brevet Medal taken by the Navy History and Heritage Command, the letters "E" in the word Brevet seem to have unusual shapes to the top arm and center arms as I have circled in the photo. I would assume that the Pope medal is an original US Mint made Brevet Medal so I am trying to confirm if this is caused by light reflection in this particular photo or if the medal actually has these characteristics? If anyone has their own photo of this medal or has actually seen the Pope medal and can confirm this for me I would be appreciative.
  12. The fact that the "S" in SPECIALLY does not clearly break the inside border decoration line is a characteristic of the BB & B piece. I love the patina on your example. The brooch is also identical to the brooch on the BB & B medal I posted. Since these medals don't appear to be part of any government contract I would speculate that the quality control was not at the same level as that of their contract pieces.
  13. Jacket is standard BDU patter with straight pockets and hidden buttons. Must be fairly late, but when?
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