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  1. Does anyone know where I could buy a hat badge for an officer's undress (working) uniform of the Marine Revenue Cutter Service, circa 1880? Our local Museum has on display a full uniform, but it is missing the cap badge. I'd be interested in either a real one or a replica, just to put in the museum display.
  2. What does the "R" in the diamond signify? PS-- disregard. I found out it signifies "recruiter". One of the "specialist" marks.
  3. Thanks for the response-- Like I said, totally outside my area of expertise. I appreciate the help.
  4. A friend who is doing genealogy asked if I could identify this shoulder or arm patch. It is outside my area of expertise, and I'm simply looking for anyone who could help identify it. She thinks it may be Swedish.. The cloth patch is about 9 by 14 centimetres. The background is a brownish (dark tan), and he stripes are Black Felt. The Eagle and the centre diamond with an "R" in the centre are faded metallic-- in some lights, they look dark bronze coloured, and in other light they seem to have silver highlights. This could just be due to tarnishing, I don't know. Thanks for any help. .
  5. Yeah, that's my guess, but it's certainly not a very common badge, and I haven't been able to figure out definitively it's origin or meaning.
  6. Agree, but I still can't figure out what it is-- It looks too well-made to be just given out to kids, etc. in large quantities. There is another one for sale on the web, but with only one star, so apparently there are multiple versions. I can't figure out the meaning of the chevron or the stars--- "Gold Star Mothers", High School Victory Corps, etc.??? Thanks for any suggestions.
  7. Does anyone recognize this item? I have never seen anything like it before, and do not recognize it. Base metal seems to be silver-colored, and the gold color areas seem to be applied like a wash or electroplating. I believe it is US, since the only markings on it are (in English) "patent pending". Tops of wings, chevron, and stars are silver-colored. Decent quality pin back.
  8. I am unaware of any actual medals which come along with this type of certificate.
  9. Still weird, since there has never been a female 5-star general. Can't imagine why these would have been made for the greens....
  10. Interestingly, the primary book on the ACA is "For the Greatest Achievement (A History of the Aero Club of America and the National Aeronautic Association)", by Bill Robie. Published by Smithsonian, 1993. LT Prouvost does not appear anywhere in this book, does not appear to have been licensed by the ACA, and was apparently not a member of the ACA. Likewise, while other awards given by the ACA are noted and their recipients identified, this particular award is not identified in the book. Looks to me like a real rarity.
  11. Can you get a better image of the button on the shoulder strap? I can't make it out. Sort of looks like USAF, rather than Army, which would be possible at that date. Looks OK to me, for soon after the 1947 foundation of the Air Force.
  12. None of those photos will open for me.
  13. Thanks, Mickey. I'll do some digging before deciding to dispose of them-- I need to understand what I have, but they don't really fit into my Cold M1911 passion.
  14. For a newbie, can you please give a URL for Rich's Website and a Title for Dan King's Book? I have a bunch of both this kind of Saki cup (many in the shape of a WW2 Japanese Helmet), military saki bottles, and some of the larger red lacquer flatter saki cups, all of which I picked up in the orient in the early 1970s. I'd like to find out more about them.
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