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  1. I just acquired this photograph of a young Captain in the Pennsylvania National Guard dated 1898. He is wearing the regulation uniform for national guard officer. One can see the double silver bars of his rank--Captain--on the paddle form shoulder boards. Why I purchased the photograph was the row of medals on his chest. Wearing military and civilian hereditary society medals on your uniform was permitted during this period. So what is he wearing....from viewer's left to right: 1) Members medal of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Founded in 1865 by Union a
  2. So maybe its my innate desire to acquire weird stuff but I do appreciate everyone's help in my prior identification. This is a group of items that I recently purchased for my own collection. The lot consists of: 1) A post WW2 miniature chain consisting of an Eastern Front medal, War Merit Second with swords, War Merit First with Swords, Iron Cross Second (1939), black wound badge, Infantry Assault Badge, Kurland shield, Demjask shield. 2) Two stickpins--both post War--32nd Infantry Division and 122nd Infantry Division 3) Copy of Greif Rundbrief-December 1975--for veterans of th
  3. Thanks. I find it really fascinating how the tribal artisans came together to abandon the use of the swastika on the eve of the Second World War.
  4. Thanks Eric. Harvey and his contemporaries farmed a lot of their work out exclusively to Navajo and Pueblo makers. Harvey had a real interest in supporting Native American artisans although some of his competitors were not quite so supportive and paid low wages for their work. Interestingly, the Mexican arts were actually more expensive and in some cases sold really well in his stores than the Native goods. In the years after the Mexican Revolution, Mexico became a really hot tourist destination particularly for those who had $$ from the West Coast. Movies were filmed there and the Spanish st
  5. Sorry, I should have been more clear in my original posting. The Navajos were not required to mark items .925 or sterling so it is very common to see, from this period, unmarked examples of their silver. One does not usually associate either the sterling or .925 until the late 20th century. So I am not surprised that this piece is unmarked. Similarly, maker's marks became common after the Second World War when buyers sought out particular silversmiths. This piece, in my estimation, comes from that an early 20th century period--pre Hitler--when the swastika was commonly used. I have seen the
  6. I think I can help on this piece. Native American tribes in the American Southwest, used the reverse swastika on jewelry from the early 1900s until the rise of Hitler when they ceased incorporating the symbol into items. This piece is unusual in that it is marked .925 which is not common on much handmade Navajo jewelry from this period. My guess is that the piece may have been Indian made but for one of the larger jewelry production companies working in Albuquerque New Mexico. Much of this jewelry was retailed in the shops of famed pioneer hotelier/restauranteur/tourism pioneer Fred Harvey. Su
  7. We now come to the three armies of the U.S. Army that fought in Europe. First Army's patch was a large letter A in black. It was organized on August 10, 1918 under the command of General Pershing to carry out the St. Mihiel offensive. Second Army's patch was a split red and white "2" It was created on October 12, 1918 to assist with the Meuse-Argonne offensive campaign. Major General Robert L. Bullard was assigned the command of the 2nd Army and Major General Hunter Liggett commanded 1st. Army. Both were under the command of General Pershing. The Third Army had a whit
  8. The patch of the 80th division shows three stylized blue mountains for the Blue Mountain Division made up of men from Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Organized at Camp Lee Virginia. The 81st Division's patch (hard to see in this image) is a wildcat on a khaki circle. It was composed of National Army soldiers from North and South Carolina along with Tennessee. Organized in September 1917 at Camp Jackson South Carolina, it arrived overseas in August 1918. The 82nd Division was the All American Division and had the letters AA in circle of blue on a red square
  9. This is great information and thanks to everyone. I am making notes as fast as folks are posting! Peter
  10. The patch of the 37th Division was a red circle within a white border. Known as the Buckeye Division because its members were from the Ohio National Guard, the division was organized at Camp Sheridan, Montgomery Alabama. It arrived in France in June 1918. The 42nd or Rainbow Division was so named as it was made up of National Guard units from throughout the United States. The division was organized in August 1917 and went overseas in October of that same year.
  11. So up next is the 28th Division whose patch is a red keystone insofar as its members were members of the Pennsylvania National Guard (Pennsylvania being the keystone state). It was organized at Camp Hancock, Augusta, Georgia in August of 1917. It arrived overseas in May of 1918. The 32nd Division whose patch is a red arrow with a cross bar in the middle was organized in September of 1917 from national guard units from Michigan and Wisconsin It arrived overseas in January 1918.
  12. Thanks so much to both of you. That would make sense as the cards of high quality so possible sets were made for each of them. I will dig into this more!!!! One never knows what you find on eBay! Peter
  13. I thought it my interesting to see a patched representative RPPC or photograph of a soldier from many of the American Divisions that fought in the First World War. Up first is this soldier from the First Division or Big Red One. It was organized from regular army units and arrived in France in July of 1917. They prided themselves as the first division to both inflict enemy casualties and capture prisoners The patch is hard see but is a large number "1" Next is the Second Division formed from units of the regular Army and Marines. They served as part of the Army of Occu
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