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  1. The corporal badge was most likely worn on the old style (Keystone Cops style) police helmets.
  2. It is up side down, the letters are S O V for Sons of Veterans. It is a fraternal origination for sons of veterans of the Civil War and is still around.
  3. The collar insignia could be a problem. Reserve divisions will often pull units from other states but it is usually an adjacent one, the 78th was from New Jersey and Ohio is a little far away. I could not find the order of battle for the division from between the wars so don't know what units were in it. Collar insignia are easily removed and replaced so the US disc could have gotten mixed up over the years or could be right. The MP disc would make sense with the belt hooks to support an MP's leather equipment belt. All in all I would say it is a very interesting between the wars uniform.
  4. The buttons and brass collar insignia are correct for the post-WWI period and the coat was made in 1919. After the war the Army went back to brass insignia and the standing collar coat was worn until 1926. I would guess this uniform was worn right around 1926 during the wear out period because of the later style of strips, the belt hooks were probably added to conform the the newer style of wearing a garrison belt. The National Guard were the last to get new uniforms and equipment so I can see them wearing the old uniform with newer insignia. This was a common occurrence when the Army switched
  5. This patch was not authorized until 1946. The Manhattan Project was too big a secret to have people walking around wearing a patch identifying it, it brings up the old joke that when some one asks what patch you are wearing the answer would be I'll tell you but then I will have to kill you. The patch wasn't worn until after the war when the nuclear bomb was no longer a secret. The combination of the patch and the discharge diamond on a four pocket coat is a little iffy to me but not imposable I guess. The patch looks real but as stated it is not particularly rare the question is who put it on
  6. The name is on the top and the unit is on the pants you are only assuming that they belonged to the same man. If you read the ad it only says it is a set not one uniform they leave that up to you. Also the top is p-1944 and the pants are P-1941, I'm not sure how the Marines felt about mixing and matching uniforms back then, it wouldn't fly today but maybe during the war you get away with it.
  7. What size is it, it looks more like a walking stick than a swagger stick. Also the date was almost a month before Ft. Sumpter was fired on. With no ranks in the names and the term Esq. it looks civilian to me.
  8. That would be an expensive target seeing how it would be destroyed with one use on the rifle range. A target perhaps but not for live fire, maybe for sighting or some sort of electronic system. Maybe a decoy so less troops could be used as aggressors. Why use molded fiber glass just to shoot it up on the rifle range when printed cardboard would work just as well?
  9. Does this coat have shoulder straps? It is hard to tell from the picture. The odd shape and placement of the pockets plus the cuff buttons make me wonder if it is a US Army uniform at all. What kind of buttons does it have, are they standard Army buttons, rimed or unrimed, and they seem to be a mixture of dull bronze and shiny brass. More pictures would help. It may be some sort of military school uniform.
  10. The next Florida Military Collectors Show will be 10 October 2020 at Renningers Antique Market 20651 US Highway 441 Mount Dora FL 32757. Hours are 9:00AM to 4:00PM, admission and parking are always free. This is an open air show, there is a cement floor and a roof for protection agents sun and rain but no walls and we request everyone wear a mask so threat from the virus should be minimal. Hope to see everyone there.
  11. Did that guy shave between the first and second picture?
  12. It looks like a pilot-chute, it comes out of the parachute pack first and springs opened to pull the main chute out.
  13. Given the weave on the back and the marrowed edge I am thinking it is a fantasy piece from a commercial bomber jacket.
  14. It is an Expert Machine Gun Badge used in 1918-19. They were not popular and not used much but I have never heard of one in color they were usually OD on an OD background like the PFC rank patch. What looks like a crown is five belted MG bullets The line under them means Sharpshooter and the circle around it makes it Expert. I guess if a General wanted it color he got it in color.
  15. That may not be a Skull but rather a poorly executed head on view of a bat. Look at the wings they look more like bat wings than those of a bird.
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