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Pearl Harbor Life Ring from U.S.S. Arizona, All Original and Unrestored for sale


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Found in a rubble pile in the 1970's....thirty years or so after the attack?

 

I'm skeptical of that story on a number of levels. If it had been exposed to the elements in Hawaii for that long it should show some fading, wear and tear, let alone if it had been blown off the side of the ship or been floating in the oil soaked waters after the attack.

 

If it is true to the time period, I suspect it was a decorative item for some Navy social function. It could even have been a wall hanger in a bar. Either that or it was purloined by a souvenir hunter (or drunken sailor) prior to the attack.

 

Even if it had ended up in a rubble pile, undamaged by the debris around it, is it credible that no one noticed it in 30 some years? Nostalgia and reverence for the USS Arizona goes all the way back to WWII and surely someone would have grabbed it.

 

As the saying goes, buy the item, not the story.

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

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Since this has my curiosity, I looked through a few of my references on the Arizona. I was wrong in the above post, couldn't find any life preserver's marked ARIZ. But I did find a few pics of different styles of markings from the early 30s to 1939.. None of which look like the one in the auction.

 

Early 30s

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When looking at it for the first time, I noticed rather immediately that there was a brighter white hue around the lettering. I find this to be unusual and a bit suspicious. I also noticed that the lettering seems to be quite intact compared to the cracked white paint surrounding much of it. Im not an expert on vintage paint and how it ages, so perhaps my observations are actual normal from something purportedly to be an original vintage artifact. Any thoughts?

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Posted Today, 09:53 AM

The Arizona probably lost a number of Life Rings over the side between 1915 and 1941, for a number of reasons.

 

 

Gee, WM, that life ring looks a lot like the one my great-uncle saw fall over the side of Arizona while he was at his 5 inch gun in 1918. ;-) Life rings like flags (another purported Arizona flag coming up for auction) seem pretty dicey in the authentic department, considering they can sell for thousands of dollars. I'll stick to named and traceable medals.

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Posted Today, 09:53 AM

The Arizona probably lost a number of Life Rings over the side between 1915 and 1941, for a number of reasons.

 

 

Gee, WM, that life ring looks a lot like the one my great-uncle saw fall over the side of Arizona while he was at his 5 inch gun in 1918. ;-) Life rings like flags (another purported Arizona flag coming up for auction) seem pretty dicey in the authentic department, considering they can sell for thousands of dollars. I'll stick to named and traceable medals.

Yep AB, I'm Sticking with named medals too.

 

 

Wharf

In Peace and War, US Merchant Marine. WARNING: Dangerous Cargo. No Visitors, No Smoking, No Open Lights.

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Wharf, named and verifiable medals or other artifacts to Arizona crewman, absolutely. Flags, life-rings, generic signage, clocks, boat hooks, lights, cowl vents, etc, with unofficial first, second or third-hand stories, erm, maybe not so much. Best regards, AB

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