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  1. Thank you Jeff, If I recall correctly I obtained my only attributed example from you! I appreciate the input, thanks for stopping in and commenting. Best wishes to you, have a safe and great July 4th holiday! Joe
  2. Thank you Andrew!! I appreciate the input! Very interesting that the silver grade wasn't until 1892, which happen to be the earliest date on my silver examples. This info is very helpful, my best to you always! Joe
  3. Thank you Mike, I appreciate you stopping in and commenting. I was really captivated by their design and construction. After I acquired my first MVM Marksman badge I was bit by the bug! My best wishes to you! Joe
  4. Hello Allan! Thank you for your interest. Originally I had only posted seeking info on these, but you make a very good point that I should show some detail photos. I did a random scanning of some of the badges so they would be a bit clearer. Note the differences in the "Marksman" lettering as well as the height of the suspension bar itself. These variations are no doubt the result of different makers. Some are maker marked, most are not. So far I have silver and bronze examples, not sure there was a gold, if there is I hope to obtain one some day. These are very well made badges, quite hefty. The dates that I have on the "bullet" pendants range from the 1880s through the early first decade of the 1900s. I have only one that is attributed and that is the one shown on the bronze scan in the upper left. It is attributed to Sgt. J. H. Foster, 8th Infantry. The cabinet photos of the two fine looking militiamen sporting their marksman badges are attributed to Privates in the 8th Mass. Vol. Militia Co. 'M'. I just acquired these recently. I didn't scan all, but tried to show a good sampling. If there are any particular badges that you'd like to see close up and personal, just let me know, I'll be happy to scan it for you. Heh heh, noticed that 1st class Gunner in the corner, that's just where it lives, but a fine suggestion of a separate thread! Thank you again for stopping by and for your interest, my best wishes to you! Joe
  5. Hi Kat! Thank you for stopping by! They are really intriguing. I'm hoping that there is a database out there that might connect these badges to those who earned such a distinction. My best to you! Joe
  6. Hello Phil, Thank you for the encouraging words. I do hope to find out more. I now need to go back to Ancestry and see if I can find more info under Sophie Place. She's been quite elusive so far, but hopefully I'll be able to add more to her story. In most cases when researching a veteran I don't stop with their military service. I don't post it here since it would go off topic, but it makes for a more emotional approach to looking at the whole person and their life. I've found some very fascinating lives post-military service! My best wishes! Joe
  7. Hello All! I hope you are well and healthy. I've been long collecting these very distinct qualification badges for some time. I really enjoy the design, with date numbered bullets. Many are numbered on the back of the pin area and I've been wondering if there is any resource that connects those numbers to the veteran who earned it. I'm doubtful, but if there's a chance of finding such a resource it would be on this forum. Any input or clue would be greatly appreciated! Best wishes to all, a very Happy July 4th Holiday to all, be safe and enjoy! Joe
  8. Hello Wharf! I hope you're doing well! Thank you much for this lead. I did a search on Find-A-Grave, but never thought of moving her last name to the middle position. She's hard to track down, found 2 references to her in obits on Newspapers.com, but can't find her actual obit. Also added is her headstone, with thanks again to you. Great to see you stop by and comment on this thread. Best wishes to you! Joe
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