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  1. Sampo still no luck on this one sadly
  2. More from a local estate sale by Buffalo artist Liz Spector Unknown Buffalo artists
  3. 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
  4. Yes, I've posted on both to maximize feedback. Got some very helpful replies on WAF
  5. 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 a
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. Not just paintings either The mask is a local made piece from an antique shop; the female is a local glass artisan I seek out at the 2 major art shows here
  9. Great topic aesthetically and intrinsically I'm partial to diamonds and sapphire. Here's example 1; attached to my girl's finger. Natural yellow center with yellow and clear accents on the halo, baguettes along the shank. Local jeweler friend custom made to a design I made.
  10. Pastel from Heather Harris A cute painting from a 10 year old Juvenile Diabetes sufferer. I won this at a JD fundraiser. She was amazed anyone bid and when I met her and her mom, was floored I bid what I did. It's just so special in it's simplicity and innocence
  11. Another local artist Ruth Hoffman. Ruth M. Erb-Hoffman (American, 1902-1968) artist, painter, sculptor and educator known for figurative, landscape, and still life paintings. She was born in 1902 in Buffalo, NY, and received her B.A. from Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, 1922-circa 1926. She also studied at the Child-Walker School of Fine Arts and Crafts (graduate fellowship from Wellesley) in Boston, MA. In addition, she studied with the sculptor Arthur Lee (Norwegian-American, 1881-1961), artist Agnes Anne Abbot (German-American, 1897-1992), artist Edwin Walter Dickinson (American, 18
  12. Chris Thank you for you kind comments. Ironically, I was just about to comment that very thing. I've run out of walls, so I rotate paintings throughout the year. Except I leave my favorites up all the time without changing them. While not necessarily a religious art collector, this was a must have. It is entirely done in pencil. Even close up it's difficult to tell but was so unique I brought it home from a local estate sale. The second is an interesting interpretation from a local artist named Alex. Another estate sale buy; the local bistro that held a showing for her couldn'
  13. Unknown artist from an auction in NC while stationed at Ft. Bragg Another Alix Martin, I'm a fan of the framing on this one
  14. Buffalo, NY artists George Grace & Heather Harris respectively
  15. Another Martin favorite "Masquerade" A funky one, abstract impasto by listed artist Stephen Slomko Stephen W. Slomko is a New Jersey treasure. He is an award winning, self taught artist. Born in 1929, he waited until after his retirement to fulfill his desire to paint. His art is stunning synthesis of folk art, impressionism, and post impressionist styles. His unique and vibrant color palette visually delights and incorporates both the style of pointillism (small dots closely painted) and impasto (a thick application). Mr. Slomko is a prolific painter but is equally comf
  16. Outside the OMD community I'm an art collector focusing on local and listed artists. I have gravitated toward one artist, a friend named Alixandra Martin. She's a certain unmistakable style that appeals to me so we've slightly over 20 of her pieces in our home. Im also socking away $$ to purchase a watercolor from Tony Bennett under his true name, Anthony Benedetto, if Niagara Falls first up Alixandra Martin Lady in Pink, my favorite
  17. Its certainly worth the process to make sure we get it right. The assessment of the acts and criteria must be consistent. Interpretation of the level of danger and the gravity of each situation is subjective so it is difficult. Nonetheless if we have lower awards for MOH acts, we must right the record and honor them appropriately
  18. Another interesting but unattributed. The Selective Service Medal on the set is scarce for active personnel except for those serving in specific positions
  19. The Neyer version is good as well, the last one is the only one that smells wrong IMO Thats a great find
  20. I have not seen one with such small stars. Looks to be machine stitched, has the look & feel of foreign made IMO
  21. Thank you for the kind words; there should be a V on the BSM, the impression is still there too
  22. A nice Vietnam custom set
  23. Hi Paul Yes correct they are likely for long service, but still round out his wartime service well. It's actually not correct group for this thread so if you need to remove it please do. ill be posting the correct civilian group soon
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