Central Wisconsin

Collector of pre-Nazi German and American state and locally issued military service medals. Corporate long service medals and badges issued in and by Milwaukee cityCollector of pre-Nazi German and American state and locally issued military service medals. Corporate long service medals and badges issued in and by Milwaukee city and county; not just law enforcement. (Read more)


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  1. Neat! I've never seen one before. Thanks for posting it.
  2. Thanks bb
  3. Thanks rniederman! The Rulau book doesn't explain it that clearly.
  4. Yes and Tsingtao was also the home base of the famous raider SMS Emden at the start of the war.
  5. These are all privately issued German WWI patriotic medals. Usually sold as fund raisers for one cause or another. Tsingtao was the port of German colony on main land China known as Kiao Chau. The ...
  6. Chris the 1st Leib Hussar Regt (17th Army Corps) was from Danzig-Langfuhr raised in 1741. The 17th Brunswick Hussar Regt. (10th Army Corps) was raised in 1809, according to Maj. Harrell's book on Re...
  7. Sorry blunderbuss2 but this is a French bayonet but with a twist. The crowned head mark indicates that the blade was made by the German firm Weyersberg which exported to France and Italy. From your ...
  8. MTBSTC: Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons Training Center, Rhode Island
  9. Thanks Roy, this one brought back some chlorinated memories to me.
  10. Must correct myself in that this medal was not issued by the World Council of Churches but rather the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America. I guess my mind was still stuck in the 1960'...
  11. Thanks guys. Yes Laura was Mrs. James E Fraser.
  12. The sign says they are the musicians of the 5th battalion, 4th Bavarian Infantry regt. and is dated 1905. Neat picture!!
  13. Rose, first your nickel is not silver. The maple leaf after the date means that the coin was actually minted in 1948. The Canadian Mint was late getting their new dies so they altered the old die an...
  14. Thanks V50. The date is probably the group's founding anniversary celebration date. The flag is correct for the time period and is found on many similar items. Most of these groups were founded bet...
  15. He does get around!
  16. Thanks Sean, but I like to think of it more like forgotten history saved from oblivion.
  17. The coin looks like an 8 maravedis 1788 of the Segovia mint. It is a copper coin that looks gold plated.
  18. Good write up!! Otto was as morally unfit as his old man.
  19. Scott may be correct in that it is not a salesman's sample but rather an item ready for sale.
  20. WWI salesman's sample. Design British uniform with US flag very similar, except for the US flag, to Canadian WWI Welcome Home Medals. Looks like they tried to tap into the US market. Neat item.
  21. Very low serial number , rare?
  22. Friedrich Rex
  23. I know of crowns being removed after 1918 but this is a new one to me.
  24. This is printed on papyrus just like in ancient times.
  25. Nice family /history grouping
  26. Thanks Scott, but I can't blame eBay for this one. I prematurely jumped to the wrong conclusion all by myself.
  27. Oh oh, now I just saw an infantry uniform with the cuff flaps. Guess I should stick with medals.
  28. The ornamental cuff flaps. Every photo I've seen with these was labeled cavalry and none of the infantry had the flaps. But then he wouldn't have a bayonet would he?
  29. The more that I look at the "empty scabbard " the more the opening looks to be round and most likely is a socket bayonet.
  30. Thanks Scott. The back of the card shows photography awards dated 1890. Oshkosh was home to two National Guard Companies. As I research this I found that his cuff flaps would make this a cavalry un...
  31. China 1 cash, Ch'ing Dynasty, emperor K'ang-hsi (1662-1722), "Hu-Pu" Board of Revenue Mint ( Peking) KM-311. One of many variations.
  32. Thanks nursingpin !! That makes sense.
  33. The Chinese just states the Emperor's name and the mint name. PCCollector is thinking about privately issued good luck charms or tokens.
  34. Don't remember ever seeing one of these before.
  35. China 1 cash of Tao-Kuang no date (1821-1851) mint: Kung-Pu Board of Public Works Listed in KM as C2-3.
  36. Nice one!
  37. It is a vast field and most collectors like myself start by collecting it all and end up specializing in one or two states or just one war. Here is a list of books on state and local medals that I kn...
  38. That's great Tom! It's good to see one still with the original family. By the way it should be suspended from a brooch without a ribbon. Both medal and brooch are .900 silver which is unusual for a...
  39. this shape is called a "Klippe" and were usually presentation types. this one could be a medal and it also looks cast which is not good.
  40. Thanks Scott and agh. I have been collecting these since the mid 1960's. In that time I have seen state issues for war service (civil war to Desert Storm) and peace time like national guard awards. ...
  41. It has been said that if we forget the past we will be forced to relive it. As collectors we force people to remember and many don't like that.
  42. This looks like a modern copy of the Kornilovsky Shock Regiment badge (White Russian anti Bolshevik) The sword for example is the reverse of the original which goes from lower left to upper right.
  43. Chauffer badges would have been issued by the local city or state.
  44. If this is a 5 pound coin it would weigh 39.94 grams and be about 36mm in diameter. Gold content would be .917 fine and not 24k which would be .999 fine. 1 sovereign and 2 pound versions would be sma...
  45. Without a job title and the higher number I would guess a porter or valet parking driver. Neat badge.
  46. Judging from the medals and decorations sizes and how they are worn I would guess this guy is more of an actor in costume than a real official of any kind. Looks like he is trying to be a Napoleon II...
  47. Thanks everyone! Sure wish some one knew anything about the Wisconsin Gun Club.
  48. Chinese, probably a modern fantasy.
  49. Japan 50 sen 1938
  50. Japan 50 sen 1942-45
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