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Brian Keith

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  1. Much more eye catching than a room full of plastic totes! Very Nice! Thanks for posting. BKW
  2. Second what Matt said. You just made a lot of Japanese rifle collectors extremely jealous! I suspect that the Mum is defaced (on the top of the receiver bridge) do the serial numbers of both halves match? Your uncle either had a good eye or was just very lucky to pick that rifle, worth many times more than the average Type 99! Great family item, Thanks for posting. BKW
  3. Hello Iron Bender, It is hand painted, sorry that photo is a bit blurry. Thanks for looking, BKW
  4. Thanks for all the great comments. Very glad you enjoyed seeing this display. BKW
  5. Glad you enjoyed seeing it, thanks for your comments. Part of the appeal of things like this is that this artifact, while silent, still speak loudly of the time it was used. I wonder who the wearer was, what became of him. No doubt, an "interesting" time to have lived in Germany. I also wonder how it come to be in the states. I speculate it was brought home after WW II as a souvenir. Regards, BKW
  6. Thanks for your comments, glad you liked seeing it. BKW
  7. I picked this up at a small estate auction sale about 20 years ago. At the time, from information gleaned from the family of the estate, I thought it was a veteran ID WW I souvenir. Later research disproved this theory, as the tricolor shield was apparently not used in the WW I era. It also has different chin straps from WW I examples. The helmet was likely brought home as a WW II Souvenir. While it is not a highly collected German helmet, it is still a great condition helmet from a turbulent period in history that eventually gave us WW II. It is stamped on the inner left side, “G.62”. and on the liner it appears to be marked, “H. Stuckle” and “Sc?nor?er”, possibly, “Scinorner”, not very clear. Thanks for looking, comments welcome! BKW
  8. Really Cool Beret Matt! When Jim and I (and wives) visited England and France in '93, it seemed like EVERY museum we visited had "Monty's Beret". It became a joke of sorts, I could picture an orderly with a case of berets and each day give a new one to Monty to wear, then at the end of the day, send it off to a museum. Nice that it looks to be WW II Era! BKW
  9. This second example is a bit of a head scratcher. It must have been altered from the original issue form. There is no enamel and the USSR and the Soviet Hammer and Sycle insignia has been carefully removed. Im speculating, but I wonder if it was done by an awardee that was in a country that was under Soviet control, after the break-up of the Soviet Union? Possibly the awardee was proud of his service to earn the award, but didnt want it associated with the Soviet Union. I think the number is: 2535506. Anybody seen an example like this? Thanks for looking Comments welcome. BKW
  10. Ive had these for many years, picked up in the late 80s-early 90s, when tons of ex-Soviet military was readily available in the US. The first example is heavy and well made, a nice one, but common enough. Ill show both sides. It is numbered: 638201. Ill post the second in the next thread, Thanks for looking. BKW
  11. I bought this coffee mug from Gen. Tibbits in the mid 80s when he was doing his book tour. He was set up outside a book store in the mall in Muncie, IN and when I was there, no one else was there. I knew he was coming and had made a couple of prints from a USAF negative I had purchased a few years prior. It was when he working on testing a new bomber (I think the B-47) and the negative came from an Air Force Vet who had served with him. I bought his book and a couple of photos he had for sale and the mug, and then showed him the photos I printed and asked if he remembered the guy. He said he did. I gave him one of the photos and asked him if he would autograph the other for me and he did. I probably have the only signed photo of Tibbits with that bomber. As it turned out, the AF pilot who had worked on the bomber program that I had the photo from had been a partner of Tibbits when he started the company Executive Jet Aviation. He had also been a technical advisor on the Jimmy Stewart film, Strategic Air Command. And, in his book there was nearly a whole chapter about Executive Jet Aviation and Lassiter! Last time I saw him was at the Show of Shows in Louisville, KY. We were actually answering the call of nature at the same time. BKW
  12. Thanks so much everyone! I spent several hours working on getting them all identified. I wasn't able to figure out that abbreviation. You guys figured it out quite quickly. The ribbon is quite wadded up and had been hand sewn for wear but the threads are broken and I'll have to try to get it in displayable shape. Thanks everyone for your input and assistance. BKW
  13. We recently received a number of German ribbons, decorations and items from a lady who was born during WW II in Germany to typical German parents. Her father served in the SA (it seems in the late 1930's) and later in an army engineer battalion. She married a US Soldier in the 1950s and came to the US. Im working to ID all the artifacts. I have ID this medal as the Memorial Cross Faithful to the Battalion but I havent been able to ID the Ribbon or the bar, likely they are both for the same unit. Some of the artifacts were from Württemberg (Kingdom), pre-and during WW I. The German Abbreviation for the bar is: "LDST .JNF .BAT .HALL" Thanks for your assistance. BKW
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