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German WW2-part3/17/2017
  Q: Can you tell me what this is? I was told it was stolen from the Germans in Narvik (Norway) during ...
  A: I'll give you me best educated guess as I've seen many apertures like this in the past, its a ranger ...
rings10/23/2016
  Q: I have 2 rings -I think they are both WW II air corp rings -one is sterling with eagles on each ...
  A: let me see what I can help you with here. The two rings are examples of rings that were very popular ...
Nazi marked luger7/24/2016
  Q: I bought a luger at a pawn shop a few months ago. It was painted and upon scrubbing the paint off, I ...
  A: let me answer that for you, I would need pictures but more than likely, yes its real. Those nazi ...
WWI Prussian Civilian Medal?7/21/2016
  Q: My grandparents recently moved into a new home and I found this small medal that had been left ...
  A: I believe you have discovered exactly what it is. During WWI many items like this were made to show ...
Identifying shoulder patches, tabs, and insignia fromWW26/9/2016
  Q: My grandfather will not talk about WW2. I'm trying to find out about his service. I might be able to ...
  A: from the 1st picture, I can tell you that the patch on the left shoulder is a Constabulary ...
US Navy ribbon3/14/2016
  Q: My grandfather served aboard the USS Indiana during WWII. I have his military ribbon. Can you tell ...
  A: there are three ribbons, the blue on is for the American Campaign. ...
10th and 112th Repl Depot WW II2/28/2016
  Q: My father was stationed in England working the Railway systems, he was discharged under the 3615th ...
  A: I will help you as best I can, the one picture you show has a gentleman on the bicycle, the patch on ...
America Combat Badge Ww22/23/2016
  Q: I sent two questions to an expert on the site however received the same worded reply and then 'Maxed ...
  A: Ok, what you are referring to is the CIB, Combat Infantryman Badge which was awarded to any ...
Campaign Ribbon11/18/2015
  Q: Afternoon, I'm Connie and I work for Commando Military Supply and I help with the special orders ...
  A: you would use a European Campaign ribbon and one star denoting the Rhineland campaign. No official ...
Imperial Germany bayonet7/17/2015
  Q: This bayonet has a 2 piece handle and is long and slim. I've found some history on this type of ...
  A: made with or without a sawback.From your diagrm it was made by Weyersberg Kirschenbam & Solingen ...
Identification of US military insignia4/21/2015
  Q: We are trying to find out information regarding my husband's father whom we have been led to believe ...
  A: I cant tell which unit/divisions they belong to, soldier #5 is a Lieutenant in the US Army Soldier ...
Texas Army Cavalry4/16/2015
  Q: Could you tell me if this is an authentic piece? ...
  A: you answered your own question. Texas Army Cavalry, if it existed,(which it didn't) would have been ...
korean medals4/12/2015
  Q: I have currently been passed down medals/ pins from my uncle. He sadly passed awY and never gave me ...
  A: one National Defense Ribbon, one Armored Cavalry enlisted collar disc along with an enlisted US ...
1800's Army Button Found4/10/2015
  Q: I just got back from a trip with my family traveling the Oregon Trail. We stopped at Fort Laramie ...
  A: it is a Civil War era General Service coat button. Adopted in 1854 and discontinued post Civil War, ...
Remington Rand M1911 A112/28/2014
  Q: My name is Kody Foote. I have recently come into possession of a Remington Rand M1911 A1. The serial ...
  A: that is a fantastic example. If you are looking to sell that particular piece I can assure you that ...
USMC Swagger Stick12/21/2014
  Q: Attached are some pictures of a USMC Swagger Stick. Can you tell me if it is authentic or how I can ...
  A: I believe it is an authentic item, Circa 1940s by the style of the EGA, I'm not positive but I ...
WW2 division patches12/18/2014
  Q: My name is Aaron Johnson, I've recently been doing some research on a bunch of WW2 documents, ...
  A: It is very possible and most likely that he was transferred for a temporary time to the 69th to ...
Identifying U.S. Army ring11/3/2014
  Q: While I was going through some of my late grandfathers possessions, I came across a 10k gold army ...
  A: It looks to be a standard WWII Era Army privately purchased ring. Usually you see rings in gold for ...
Question about Service Stars9/17/2014
  Q: My grandfather requested his decorations from the Air Force about 15 years ago. They sent a plain ...
  A: I was away on vacation so I apologize for the delay in responding. Your American Campaign medal will ...
Decoration and citations WWII9/3/2014
  Q: My father, Harry Bates Price Jr., was awarded an EAME Ribbon, Air Medal GO 87 Hq TAC 26 Nov 44, ...
  A: let me help you with this question, you would have to secure his records, his DD-214 from the ...
Marine Corps Button8/22/2014
  Q: I have old US Marine Corps button made by D. Evans of Attleboro, MA. The button is 7/8-inch ...
  A: Being a blackened button tells me that it is more than likely a WWI vintage but D Evans made buttons ...
Military lapel button7/17/2014
  Q: Can u give me information about the lapel button issued to my father Pfc Clinton W. Atkinson listed ...
  A: I could use a picture of the button as far as the ASR score it is the "Advanced Service Rating" to ...
ss wikings rings7/15/2014
  Q: i recently got a ring from a friend who said she got it from her husband who had served in the US ...
  A: Although the ring looks wonderful, detailing and highly polished, sadly most of these are 1960s ...
US Pins4/27/2014
  Q: Here are a few pins I recently acquired. The pins on the right I believe are Army Air Corps pins but ...
  A: Ok on the three air corps pins, one is a "domed" variety, 1960s or 1930s, the other is a WWII hollow ...
Germany Pin4/27/2014
  Q: I bought this pin at an auction with a box lot of other generic round us pins. I can not seem to ...
  A: Ok, that is a US ribbon for Occupation. The medal with accompanying ribbon (that you have) was given ...
Identify a Medal3/1/2014
  Q: Can you please identify this medal? What organization it belongs to, the age, and an approximate ...
  A: If I am not mistaken it looks like a post war piece of fashion jewelry. You see it with many ...
marine raider/Canadian stiletto2/12/2014
  Q: I have what I believe(through internet searches)to be a marine raider or Canadian paratrooper ...
  A: what you have is what they call the "Marine Raider knife". The easiest way to tell is the cast ...
ww2 german item2/6/2014
  Q: iam having trouble identifying this item. I have had several people look at it but nobody seems to ...
  A: I've only seen a few in years past but nothing I can direct you to specifically, just general ...
Sons in Service1/13/2014
  Q: Michael, Have a Sons in Service pin that I've never had before. There is a small blue star in a ...
  A: Typically KIA "gold stars" would be gold with blue border. I'm not sure if that is some sort of ...
US Military uniform question1/5/2014
  Q: My family came across some old family pictures when my great grandmother passed away. we have been ...
  A: judging on the first picture, he was in the mounted cavalry, cannot make out clearly enough what ...

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I can Identify unit insignia, patches, pins, medals, weapons and accessories from US and other countries and eras to Revolutionary War to current.

Experience

I have been a military dealer and appraiser for 15 years in Massachusetts.

Organizations
DAV, IAFF, NRA

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Self studied novice in all areas of history, firearms, foreign language. Professional Fire Fighter

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none but I pat myself on the back quite frequently.

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All clients are confidential although I work with many antique dealers across the country, have an established eBay business for 15 years, participate in militaria shows from Louisville to Maine.

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