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  1. This looks pretty good to me, but I am not an expert on Sampsons so I would welcome any opinions. Named to Albert F. Weber, Apprentice 1cl.
  2. Nice set. Would look great on the new Army Green Service Uniform.
  3. I have a set of pin back WWII LTC oak leaves marked "Sterling" and "Guard, N.Y." Any idea who this maker is?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Right place, right time. Congratulations!
  7. As far as I know, only the No. prefixed numbers can be traced.
  8. 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 w
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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