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    ODM of the world. ALL things Italian and Sicilian. Sinatra, Dino, Sammy, Tony Bennett, and the rest.

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  1. Another from a local Buffalo, NY artist quite abstract I’d say
  2. Eh what can you do, I agree it’s a nicely mounted set do all things being equal it’s good looking so it stays. Sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you.
  3. Red Thank you for the great info and some knowledge about IDing spurious group items, some knowledge I didn’t have. I appreciate the short research, looks like one puzzle piece is placed. Best to you Sal
  4. Theater District Main St. Buffalo, NY Shea’s Buffalo Theater Found it in an antique shop in Erie, PA
  5. Igor is straight up the real deal. His items are right as rain. You can be confident it’s genuine anthony
  6. Sampo still no luck on this one sadly
  7. More from a local estate sale by Buffalo artist Liz Spector Unknown Buffalo artists
  8. From Wikipedia: The National Security Medal is a decoration of the United States of America officially established by President Harry S. Truman in Executive Order 10431 of January 19, 1953. The medal was originally awarded to any person, without regard to nationality, for distinguished achievement or outstanding contribution on or after July 26, 1947, in the field of intelligence relating to the national security of the United States.[1] On October 2, 2015, President Barack Obama amended Executive Order 10431 to award the medal to any person, without regard to nationality, including members of the Armed Forces of the United States, for distinguished achievement or outstanding contribution made on or after July 26, 1947, in the field of national security through either exceptionally meritorious service performed in a position of high responsibility or through an act of heroism requiring personal courage of a high degree and complete disregard of personal safety.[2] Two additional sections were added to the original order. First, any individual may recommend a potential recipient as a candidate for the award to the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council. Second, if the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council determines that the medal is warranted and following approval by the President, the Executive Secretary shall notify the Office of the Director of National Intelligence who will then process the award recommendation, prepare the medal and deliver it to the National Security Council for presentation to the recipient. The National Security Medal is authorized to both civilians and personnel of the United States military and is an authorized decoration for display on active duty uniforms of the United States armed forces. In such cases, the National Security Medal is worn after all U.S. military personal decorations and unit awards and before any military campaign/service awards and foreign decorations I've always been a fan of this medal since I was a young collector. The design was always striking and unique to me, even along side the best military decorations. While I am not necessarily a collector of civilian awards, I couldn't pass this guy up when I had the chance. I believe this is a first strike version based on information in Ron Fischer's OMSA monograph on the medal. The area below the tail feathers is cut out vice attached and has a much deeper brushed finish vice the higher polish on newer versions.
  9. Yes, I've posted on both to maximize feedback. Got some very helpful replies on WAF
  10. I've owned this for close to 10 years. I bought it from a well respected collector whom I trust. I know it is a post war version ca. 1920s based on the accompanying letter from S.G. “Yash” Yasinitsky. It's unmarked but based on the details and design elements is believed to be made by Wagner. The cravat is a contemporary or WW2 replacement I believe but came with the badge. I'm soliciting your thoughts and discussion to solidify background. I'd like to find it a new home but also want to vet it out so it's all above board and you guys have vastly more knowledge than me. Thank you as always
  11. I questioned as well but do know there were select officers eligible as the military leaders providing higher level management of boards etc. I thought as a reserve officer may have been volunteer in his civilian capacity and the second LOM may be a retirement type award.
  12. And mine, 1/2 ct tdw. It was a custom ring I got in Kuwait while working there. Gentleman never came to get it so I got it for a song
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