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Alan Schaefer

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  1. Looking forward to this show! Driving down from Iowa with 2-friends. Will be there for dealer set up on Friday. Best Regards, Alan
  2. Here's the updated flyer for the upcoming Saturday, October 31st, 2020 Iowa Military Collector Show, being held once again in Johnston, Iowa. Free Admission. Best Regards, Alan
  3. Hello, What exactly is the first tunic that Dan has posted here in this thread? The skirt looks to be a WW1 style female long, ankle height skirt. I spent time looking through my Jill Halcomb Smith books on Female Uniforms, studying her American Red Cross section, and didn't see anything like this tunic in the WW1 area of the American Red Cross chapter in volume 1. I also looked at the Morphy Auctions past auctions archive they have which show a couple different WW1 American Red Cross female uniform groupings they sold this past year of 2019, and they look nothing like this fine tunic posted here. The blouse or tunic does not look like a standard WW1 Red Cross Female tunic for the following reasons. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong: 1.) This is a "sack coat" type of construction with No Chest Pockets, and No Waist Pockets as would normally expect to see on a WW1 era Red Cross Female tunic/blouse. 2.) The buttons are shiny white metal with that appear to only have a Red Cross symbol on them with no wording. The buttons we would normally see on a WW1 era Female Red Cross tunic/blouse would be of a black bakelite material,and have the words: "American Red Cross" encircling the Red Cross emblem. 3.) The tunic seems to have no appearance of ever having a cloth waist belt as would be normal on a WW1 era Red Cross female tunic/blouse. Again, this seems to be a "sack coat" type of construction tunic/blouse. 4.) There doesn't seem to be any colored tabs on the right or left side lapels of the tunic/blouse as we would expect to see. 5.) If there originally were enamel Red Cross emblems on the shoulder straps, they are now absent. Yes, this tunic/blouse has a bullion District of Paris SSI on the upper sleeve, and there are bronze "U.S." insignia on the shoulder straps. But is this tunic/blouse really a WW1 era Red Cross female tunic/blouse, or what is it? Thanks in advance for any insight on this tunic/blouse and skirt, I appreciate it. Best Regards, Alan
  4. Hello, The spring Des Moines, Iowa show is fast approaching. To be held on Saturday, March 14th, 2020. Free Admission. Show Hours are from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Location: 6501 Merle Hay Road, in Johnston, Iowa. Nice venue, held in the "Lions Den", Johnston Lion's Club building. Easy access, just a few blocks north of Interstate 80/35, on Merle Hay Road. Hope to see you there! Thanks, Alan
  5. Thank Kurt! I should have tried to calm down about it happening, and not sold the collection in 1992, about a year after it happened. Yes, it sucked, and still sucks to this very day to have been burglarized. It's an awful feeling of total violation, and not knowing if the person or persons were going to come back for more, or if they saw my parents address sitting on my desk in plain view, and if they would strike there next, where I still had part of my collection. The only way I saw to not worry any longer at that time was to get rid of it, unfortunately. Best Wishes, Alan
  6. Thanks Simon! Here's a better view of the penciled name. I believe it is Schmid, or possibly Schmidt. I cannot tell if there is a "t" at the end of the name or not, because there is a small rust spot in that area. Combining that with the larger painted black letters: "G. Sch.", I would guess his name might be Georg or Gerhard Schmid or Georg or Gerhard Schmidt. Best Regards, Alan
  7. Here's a Photo of Brig. Gen. H.A. Allen outside his tent. Best Regards, Alan
  8. Many thanks for all your nice comments gentlemen, I appreciate it! Hi Kurt, I had another mail home label helmet that I sold unfortunately, after I was burglarized back in the early '90's in Mankato, as you might recall. It was a real beauty that came out of a motel room buy I did with Kim in the late '80's in Willmar, MN. I still remember doing a "house call" and driving over to the elderly woman's home to buy it, as she was the brother of the WW1 soldier who mailed it home. It had a very nice camo pattern, and a glued on paper address label, mailed to her parents in Wilmar, MN. I still have photos of it somewhere which I'll have to dig out. Within a year's time of being burglarized I had sold almost all of my WW1 U.S. ID'd uniform collection, and WW1 German collection. Best Regards, Alan
  9. I have seen and photographed 3-other helmets that were mailed home by Brigadier General H.A. Allen, besides this one example that I own. 1-Helmet is a cool "splotch" pattern camo with mail home label to a different person in Iowa. 2nd Helmet is a plain M16 or M17 with ship home label to someone else in Iowa. 3rd Helmet is another camo pattern helmet with mail home label to another person in Iowa. These other 3-helmets reside in a museum with no chance of them being deaccessioned. Here's a photo of the splotch pattern camo he mailed home to another person in Iowa. Best Regards, Alan
  10. Here's a WW1 German M16 Helmet I acquired a few years ago via a lead at the Des Moines Gun Show. It has the mail home label indicating it was sent home by Brigadier General H.A. Allen, commander of the 56th Infantry Brigade. He sent it to a Mrs Ivan Elwood, in Red Oak, Iowa. What's interesting is that the mail home label shows "This Helmet Is Shipped Home With Permission Of:" and then "Brig. Gen. H.A. Allen". The label also shows: "OK, H.A. Allen, Brig. Gen., U.S. Army. I was very fortunate to acquire this helmet from someone who bought it many years ago in Red Oak, IA. Best Regards, Alan
  11. Here's a reverse side view of the patch. Alan
  12. Hello, Here's an embroidered version of the 109th Engineers, 34th Division that I acquired recently. Best Regards, Alan
  13. Hello, Here are photos of a named grouping from a woman who served in the National League for Women's Service Motor Corps. Grouping consists of her tunic, skirt, belt, garrison cap with NLWS Motor Corp badge on it, riding crop or swagger stick, full length studio photo portrait of her wearing this uniform, a photo of her marching in a parade in Troy, NY, certificates from her medical training, and a signed paper stating she was allowed to carry a pistol in 1918. I believe she probably served as an Ambulance Driver in the Troy, NY area. This one got away from me at a recent estate sale in Troy, NY that I was not able to attend. I left a decent bid/offer, but was not able to attend due to the distance. The seller wouldn't allow for a pre-sale since it had been photo'd in sale listing. The person who bought it camped out in line at 10:00 p.m. the night before the sale opened, and he was first in line to enter the house at opening. The estate seller told me the buyer was from the area of Rensselaer NY, so it stayed local with a collector. I thought that I had left a strong bid/offer on the grouping, but obviously I should have left a much higher bid on this truly "once-in-a-lifetime" grouping, straight from the family. I'm sorry that the photos are not closer up and more detailed, but they were taken by the person who conducted the estate sale. Best Regards, Alan
  14. Hello, Here's the flyer for the upcoming Des Moines Show, to be held on Saturday, April 27th, 2019, in Johnston, Iowa. Show Hours: 8 am - 3 pm 40+ tables Held at the Johnston Iowa Lion's Club, located at 6501 Merle Hay Road, in Johnston, IA. Location is just a few blocks north of I35/I80 Interstate. Free Admission. I believe as of today, a few tables may still be available. Contact Mark @ 515-954-8584 Best Regards, Alan
  15. Thanks gentlemen, I greatly appreciate it! Hmmm, I wonder if the dogtags could have gotten switched from another 34th Division uniform from this old collection. Makes me wonder and feel a bit uncomfortable, seeing that he went overseas with the 133rd Inf Regt / Co. H... Is it possible that he could have been transferred to the 109th Engineers of the 34th Division once he arrived overseas? Just wondering. I'll have to see if he has a discharge registered with the county where he was from here in IA. Thanks again! Best Regards, Alan
  16. Hello, I recently acquired a nice 109th Engineers patched tunic (34th Division) that came with a pair of dogtags. The items came out of Missouri, from an old extensive 34th Division collection. Tunic & insignia on it look kosher, but I wonder if the dogtags belong with this tunic or not. No "hunch" or anything, just curious and want to know for sure. Is there anyone here who is willing and capable of doing a basic research to see if the dogtags go with this uniform? And what state the soldier was from as well? Soldier's name is: Percy Reynolds. His serial number is: 1.414.610 as stamped on both dogtags. Best Regards, Alan P.S. I will shoot some photos of the grouping and try to post them in the next day or two. Thanks.
  17. Hello Bill K., The left color photo you've posted above of a French made tunic with a French made 34th division patch on the sleeve belongs to me. Not sure where you copied the photo from off the internet to "noodle" as you say, probably from the Iowa Military Collector Forum. I acquired the uniform from the daughter and son of the veteran in the 1980's in Iowa, and have copies of discharge paperwork on the veteran. If you're a member of that forum you can enlarge additional photos of the uniform and paperwork. The uniform came with a standard "crossed rifles over A" collar disk on the wearer's left side collar, and it oddly has a geared wheel with the tiny shield in the center of the wheel spokes on the wearer's right side collar where it should probably have a "US" disk. (Sorry, my brain is forgetting what that geared wheel disk with tiny center shield is called). The color of the stitching/embroidery work and the applied skull is not white. The actual color is tan. (The camera flash probably makes it look white). There is a blue silk cloth underlay behind the patch, as seen in the photo. I'll appreciate it if in the future you acknowledge my ownership of the tunic if you use photos for your excellent project. Thanks in advance, I appreciate it. Best Regards, Alan
  18. Hi Chuck, I believe you. Take a look at this guys negative feedback from the past 12-months. He obviously has a real problem communicating with others, a distinctive habitual bad pattern. I can't imagine someone cutting out the beautifully hand painted Indian head from this patch. Best Regards, Alan
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