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Matt-M

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  1. I was careful to mention both disclosing any restoration to potential buyers as well as having photographic evidence. I too, enjoy the "personal" aspect of collecting. Don't forget that vet's also wore their issued clothing as civilian garb after being dishcharged, and removed patches and insignia, buttons, etc., to do so. I appreciate the fact that you choose to leave things "as is". Again, I don't collect dress uniforms specifically, but if I go to an estate sale, and due to theft, the estate company removes the "salad", then I buy the uniform from one room, and then buy the insignia from the jewelry case, only to find that another has purchased his ribbon bars, I feel after having examined what I missed out on, to replace them with correct matching ones, is not doing a disservice to the vet nor their sacrifice, and make it clear that when offered for sale, the buyer knows this.
  2. Finally able to Rest In Peace. Thank you Gunnery Sgt. Cook for paying the Ultimate price for my freedoms.
  3. Incredible pieces of history. Very very nice!
  4. ."If one represents that a legitimately named and ID'ed tunic has been restored with ribbon bars, wings, insignia, etc. using photos of the original recipient wearing the said item, while it may decrease the value, if it is represented as such, I see no harm in displaying it and enjoying it and ultimately giving it value" Yep.....as I stated above
  5. I have experience with patches from this air group, and both the fighter and torpedo patches are on leather. That being said, it's possible that the bombing squadron had theirs embroidered.
  6. Although I am not a uniform collector myself, I see an obvious difference between "restoration" and "fabrication" and this ethos transcends uniforms alone. If one represents that a legitimately named and ID'ed tunic has been restored with ribbon bars, wings, insignia, etc. using photos of the original recipient wearing the said item, while it may decrease the value, if it is represented as such, I see no harm in displaying it and enjoying it and ultimately giving it value. Many of the "shiny" items were removed from tunics for storage or dry cleaning purposes and never made their way back onto the uniform, so bringing it back to life seems logical. However, if something is completely fabricated to dupe a potential buyer, then certainly an unscrupulous act and should be called out. Many have profited off the desires of ones who want to own something they don't. We all have different ways of collecting. Some want every variant of a bayonet, all unissued and mint, while others enjoy a ragged piece of cloth that survived an historic event or time period. To debate whether someone is right or wrong from their perspective of collecting, in my opinion, is mute. In any case, we all should be vigilant to prevent fraud or misrepresentation as I feel it dishonors the very sacrifices that our veterans made for us, and the core impetus of why most of us collect. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Hope it resonates with some.
  7. Killer patch. I've taken a mental photo, will let you know if I find any info.
  8. I would agree with Doyler's assessment. All of the appointments on this jacket suggest late WW2 to Korea era. As far as value...for this particular jacket, condition and size would dictate it's price.
  9. Very pleased to hear this show was a success. Always great to hear that we're keeping history alive.
  10. Another possibility is 8th Division post war Germany Constabulatory / MP liner
  11. Sure thing. Let us know what you find.
  12. Maybe already known, but the motto is for the 141st Military Intelligence Battalion.
  13. Excellent information. Thank you! In my experiences, it seems as if the Navy and Marine Corps used up their inventory of medals until they ran out and then began using Army contract issued medals, as I have had more than a few "out of the woodwork" late WW2 / Korean War USN/USMC groupings that contained Army DFC's and/or Air Medals. And, I have, on rarer occasions, found a USN/USMC DFC planchette on a slot brooch in an Army Air Corps grouping, but to date, never a USN/USMC Air Medal in an Army Air Corps grouping. Would like to hear from other members if they have found the same, or not.
  14. Not sure if anyone saw the dogtag for USMC WW2 ace pilot Lt. W.F. Ruhsam up for sale on eB*y, but for a mere 20k, it can be yours...oh...and you get a bloodchit, too...sooo....my gofundme page will be up and running soon..?
  15. Wonderfully done. The energy of your hand is captured in every piece, yet every piece is done slightly differently. Capturing "weight" of an object is not easy, more often than not, subjects tend to have a "floating" or "rigid" stance. Not in your case. Again, well done. You should spend a little time to archive these.
  16. Great looking patch. What is the story it's telling? Is that a black hand coming from a basket of rice?
  17. Might also want to do searches for Liberty Loan or War Bond drive patches.
  18. Possibly Catholic Order of St. Stephen in the U.S.
  19. I believe that Knights of Malta crosses are white
  20. I have found that late/post war bar mounted medal groups on average have the knob type top on the AmDef medal. And early awarded AmDef groupings contain the ring top variety. That goes for China Service and Naval Reserve medal as well.
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