Welcome to Kenrick A. Claflin & Son

Featured on our web site and in our monthly web catalogues are new and out-of-print books, documents, post cards, photographs, maps and charts, engravings, lithographs, uniforms and insignia, tools, lamps, lens apparatus, equipment and apparatus and much more relating to these heroic services.

  

We now issue most of our catalogues on line rather than by mail. This allows us to issue more catalogues and feature more items, with better photos and descriptions. Let us know your email address and we will email you monthly as our catalogues are posted. 

See This Month's Catalogue Page now. 

 

Don't Forget Our Closeout Page - Up To 50% off regular pricing.

 

Fresh items added Daily... Look at our Recent Items Page for the Latest Additions. 

 

Select Subject Pages Using Blue Buttons on Left Side of Page Below

 


Select Subject Pages Below:



This Month's Catalogue Page.   

Items Just Received


Books by Tom Tag



Steamship SS Portland Portland Gale

Pendleton Fort Mercer 1952 Chatham




Georgia


Lighthouse Blog

Climate Change


 

 

Uniforms, Hats, Buttons, Insignia, Medals, Swords, Badges and more...

 

For Flags, Ensigns and Pennants, please visit our new Flags Page !

For U. S. Revenue Cutter Service, please visit our new Revenue Cutter Service Page !

 

 

23422. Neary, Donna J., U. S. MARINE CORPS UNIFORMS 1983 – Twelve Full-Color Prints. Washington , D.C. , 1983. Twelve superb full color prints measure 16” x 20” were issued as a supplement to the Marine Corps Uniform Regulations  in 1983. These full color views were intended to be framed and hung in such areas as unit offices, recreation rooms, mess halls and clubs. Included too is a large booklet with text pages describing each plate and intended also for 10” x 14” framing beside the prints. Each print is superb in both coloration and in detail and includes numerous views of uniform styles and types in use. Plates include: Officers’ Service Uniforms, Enlisted Service Uniforms, Officers’ Blue Dress Uniforms, Enlisted Blue Dress Uniforms, Evening Dress Uniforms, Mess Dress and White Dress Uniforms, U.S. Marine Band, Marine Barracks Ceremonial Uniforms, Aviation Clothing, Field Uniforms, Uniform Accessories and Officer Insignia, and Uniform Accessories and Enlisted Insignia. Excellent resource and wonderful for illustration or decoration. Clean,  flat, perfect for framing. (VG+). $64.

1732. Bunkley, J.W. Military and Naval Recognition Book: A Handbook on the Organization, Uniforms and Insignia of Rank of the World’s Armed Forces; Etiquette and Customs of the American Services – Complete Descriptions and Colored Plates of U.S. Decorations, Medals and Ribbons. Van Nostrand Company, New York. 1943. Fourth edition. 444p. DJ. 97 full-page plates, many in full color. Contents include: Organization of the Army Bureaus and Corps; Composition of the Army; Organization of the Army in the Field; Departments and Divisions; Various Ranks Held in Army; United States Army Uniforms; Army Etiquette and Customs; Calls; Composition of the Navy; Organization of the Navy Ashore; Naval Districts; The Organization of the Navy Afloat; Types of Ships; Duties of Naval Officers and Men Aboard Ship; United States Navy Uniforms; Naval Etiquette and Customs - Salutes; United States Marine Corps; Coast Guard; Light House Service; Coast and Geodetic Survey; Public Health Service; Strength and Organization of Foreign Armies (France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Great Britain, Italy); Great Britain, Army and Navy Uniforms; France, Army and Navy Uniforms; Germany, Army and Navy Uniforms; Italy, Army and Navy Uniforms; Austria-Hungary, Army and Navy Uniforms; Japan, Army and Navy Uniforms; Russia, Army and Navy Uniforms; Belgium, Army Uniforms; Turkey, Army and Navy Uniforms; Serbia, Montenegro, Rumania, Portugal and Bulgaria; United States War Medals; Ribbons of Medals and Badges; Foreign Medals and Decorations (Great Britain, France, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Serbia, Japan); Definition of Guns; Aircraft and much more. Book overall clean, tight, in good condition in original worn dj. (VG). $68.

 

Official Uniform Buttons

      

6514. We have recently acquired some nice collections of original U. S. Light-House Establishment / Service Uniform Buttons in all three styles and in a variety of sizes and makers. We now have over 200 Light-House buttons in stock and can offer them to you at $22 - $34 each. 

Styles

The three styles used by the U.S. Light House Establishment / Service include:

Light-House Establishment: Intertwined “ U.S. ” “L.H.E.” (FD 22*)

Light-House Establishment: “U.S.L.H.E.” plain border. (FD 23*)

Lighthouse Service. Image of Masonry ( Minot ’s Ledge] Light. (FD 24*)

 

Button Sets:

Set of 3 - one button of each of the above 3 styles in small size. $58.

Set of 3 - one button of each of the above 3 styles in large size. $82.

Set of 2 U.S. House Establishment: Intertwined “ U.S. ” “L.H.E.” in two sizes (coat, cuff)  (FD 22*) $64.

Set of 3 U.S. Light-House Establishment: “U.S.L.H.E.” in three sizes (coat, vest, cuff) (FD 23*) $72.

Set of 3 U.S. Light-House Service. Image of Masonry ( Minot ’s Ledge] Light in three sizes (coat, vest, cuff)  (FD 24*) $68.

  

8151b. REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE UNIFORMS FOR WARRANT OFFICERS AND ENLISTED PERSONS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD - 1916. Wash. GPO. 1916. 27p. with 2 photo plates of ratings. Includes regulations governing all parts of the uniform for warrant officers and enlisted personnel. These regulations supersede those prescribed for warrant officers and enlisted personnel of the former Revenue Cutter Service and the Life-Saving Service. With plates of collar devices and ratings. Original soft cloth wraps, clean, unusually good condition. Very scarce. (VG+). $188 net.

  

1258d. U.S. Life-Saving Service. Order Form for Uniform for Crumple Island Life-Saving Station, Jonesport, Maine c.1899. 2p. 8 ½” x 14”. Two page original Life-Saving Service uniform form for Oehm & Co., Army and Navy Outfitters of Baltimore, Md., includes all necessary forms for ordering and paying for uniforms. Includes listing of items ordered including Kersey coats, vests and trousers for winter, flannel for summer, caps, overcoats, jumpers, storm suits, cap ornaments, and buttons. Also includes page for measurements with diagrams. Filled out for Surfman No. 2 Fred R. Spurling at Crumple Island Life-Saving Station, Jonesport, Maine. Form is filled out in hand by Surfman Spurling. Rare early Life-Saving Service uniform information and form. Expected wear, light soiling, original folds. (VG). $185. 

We just obtained a large stock of original U. S. LIGHT HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT / SERVICE BUTTONS / U.S. LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. All styles, sizes and many back-marks are available and priced from $18 - $36. 

United States Light-House Establishment

#6514

Light-House Establishment: Intertwined "U.S." "L.H.E." (FD 22)

#6514

Light-House Establishment: "U.S.L.H.E." (FD 23)

#6514. United States Light-House Service

Light-House Service. Image of Masonry (Minot’s Ledge] Light. (FD 24)

 

#6514 lss

United States Life-Saving Service

 

#6514.

Life-Saving Service. Life ring with smaller oar and hook, with "U.S." over "L.S.S.", plain border. (FD 18*)
Life-Saving Service. Life ring with smaller oar and hook, with "U.S." over "L.S.S.", rope edging. (FD 19*) 

We also have a variety of Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard buttons and insignia, prices on request.

* Albert, Alphaeus H., RECORD OF AMERICAN UNIFORM AND HISTORICAL BUTTONS Bicentennial Edition. 1976. 

 

  

 

11180k,l. (set  coat & cuff buttons) “House of Refuge” (Florida). U.S. Life Saving Service. Coat button 23mm. 7/8” and cuff button 15mm. 9/16”.  Backmarked “Browning King & Co.”. The Houses of Refuge in Florida were a series of stations operated by the United States Life Saving Service along the coast of Florida to rescue and shelter ship-wrecked sailors. Five houses were built on the east coast in 1876, with five more added in 1885. The houses were manned by civilian keepers, contractors who lived in the houses with their families. Most of these houses remained in service as life-saving stations until 1915 or later. Buttons from the few uniforms that were worn are extremely rare. (VG+). Set 2 buttons $295.

11180h. (coat button) “House of Refuge” (Florida). U.S. Life Saving Service. 23mm. 7/8”. Backmarked “Browning King & Co.”. The Houses of Refuge in Florida were a series of stations operated by the United States Life Saving Service along the coast of Floridato rescue and shelter ship-wrecked sailors. Five houses were built on the east coast in 1876, with five more added in 1885. The houses were manned by civilian keepers, contractors who lived in the houses with their families. Most of these houses remained in service as life-saving stations until 1915 or later. Buttons from the few uniforms that were worn are extremely rare. (VG+). $195.

11180i. (coat button) “House of Refuge” (Florida). U.S. Life Saving Service. 15mm. 9/16”. Backmarked“Browning King & Co.”. The Houses of Refuge in Florida were a series of stations operated by the United States Life Saving Service along the coast of Florida to rescue and shelter ship-wrecked sailors. Five houses were built on the east coast in 1876, with five more added in 1885. The houses were manned by civilian keepers, contractors who lived in the houses with their families. Most of these houses remained in service as life-saving stations until 1915 or later. Buttons from the few uniforms that were worn are extremely rare. (VG+). $145.

11180j. (coat button) “House of Refuge” (Florida). U.S. Life Saving Service. 15mm. 9/16”. Backmarked“Browning King & Co.”. The Houses of Refuge in Florida were a series of stations operated by the United States Life Saving Service along the coast of Florida to rescue and shelter ship-wrecked sailors. Five houses were built on the east coast in 1876, with five more added in 1885. The houses were manned by civilian keepers, contractors who lived in the houses with their families. Most of these houses remained in service as life-saving stations until 1915 or later. Buttons from the few uniforms that were worn are extremely rare. (VG+). $145.

 

20283x. (button) U.S. Life-Saving Service, early style FD 20B c.1870’s. Life-boat with crossed oar and boat-hook below the initials “U.S.L.S.S.” above, on a lined field. Reversible type with black composition back, threaded shank. This is the first style used by the Life-Saving Service for only a few years and style is almost impossible to find.  (FD 20B.) 15mm (5/8”) cuff size. (F-). $165.

20283y. (button) U.S. Life-Saving Service, early style FD 20B c.1870’s. Life-boat with crossed oar and boat-hook below the initials “U.S.L.S.S.” above, on a lined field. Reversible type with black composition back, threaded shank. This is the first style used by the Life-Saving Service for only a few years and style is almost impossible to find.  (FD 20B.) 15mm (5/8”) cuff size. (F-). $165.

20283v. (button) U.S. Life-Saving Service, early style FD 20B c.1870’s. Life-boat with crossed oar and boat-hook below the initials “U.S.L.S.S.” above, on a lined field. Reversible type with black composition back, threaded shank. This is the first style used by the Life-Saving Service for only a few years and style is almost impossible to find. Small spot (FD 20B.) 23mm (7/8”). (VG+). $195.

 

20283-5. (button) U.S. Life-Saving Service, early style FD 20B c.1870’s. Life-boat with crossed oar and boat-hook below the initials “U.S.L.S.S.” above, on a lined field. Reversible type with black composition back, threaded shank, missing the loop. This is the first style used by the Life-Saving Service for only a few years and style is almost impossible to find.  (FD 20B.) 15mm (5/8”) cuff size. Light wear. (VG). $145.

20283-6. (button) U.S. Life-Saving Service, early style FD 20B c.1870’s. Life-boat with crossed oar and boat-hook below the initials “U.S.L.S.S.” above, on a lined field. Reversible type with black composition back, threaded shank, missing the loop. This is the first style used by the Life-Saving Service for only a few years and style is almost impossible to find.  (FD 20B.) 15mm (5/8”) cuff size. Light wear. (VG). $145.

 

20283-4. (button) U.S. Life-Saving Service, early style FD 20B c.1870’s. Life-boat with crossed oar and boat-hook below the initials “U.S.L.S.S.” above, on a lined field. Reversible type with black composition back, threaded shank, missing the loop. This is the first style used by the Life-Saving Service for only a few years and style is almost impossible to find.  (FD 20B.) 15mm (5/8”) cuff size. Light wear. (VG-). $145.

20283-3. (button) U.S. Life-Saving Service, early style FD 20B c.1870’s. Life-boat with crossed oar and boat-hook below the initials “U.S.L.S.S.” above, on a lined field. Reversible type with black composition back, threaded shank. This is the first style used by the Life-Saving Service for only a few years and style is almost impossible to find. Small spot (FD 20B.) 23mm (7/8”). (VG+). $195.

United States Revenue Marine [Cutter] Service

 Rare, original uniform coat buttons are available in different styles as described below.

   

  

A few examples shown above

#6658-3.  Revenue Cutter Service Button. 2-piece with border and rope inner circle,  anchor rope passing under the shank. (FD 13B*)  16mm (5/8”)  “Shannon Miller & Crane NY.”  $36.

#6658q.  Revenue Cutter Service. 2-piece with border and rope edging. 13 stars chevron,  anchor fluke touches border. (FD 10B*)  21mm (13/16”)  “Waterbury Button Co.”  $58.

#6658t.  Revenue Cutter Service. 2-piece with border and rope edging. 13 stars chevron,  anchor fluke touches border. (FD 10B*)  20mm (13/16”)  “Shannon Miller & Crane AN.”  $58.

#6658gg.  Revenue Cutter Service. 2-piece with border with inner circle of rope. 13 stars on an irregular chevron, on a lined field, plane anchor on bar. (FD 11B*)  20mm (13/16”)  “E. L. E. & Co. London .”  $48.

  

6658uu. (set 15 buttons) U. S. Revenue Cutter Service. Type FD-11b.  2-piece with border with inner circle of rope, 13 stars on an irregular chevron, on a lined field, plain anchor on bar. Twelve buttons size 13/16” (20mm), three size 9/16” (14mm). All backmarked “Tomes Melvain & Co., New York”. All from same source, we believe these are from a Revenue Cutter Service officer’s estate from the early 1900’s. Nicely presented in glass-covered specimen box. (VG+). $479. 

 Early United States Coast Guard Uniform Buttons

Rare, original pre-1941 uniform buttons are available in different styles as described below:

FD-14A. Coast Guard. 2-piece with border and rope circle, anchor rope passing over the shank,  eagle facing left (pre 1941), standing on the stock of foul anchor [similar to late Revenue Cutter Service, without initials “R.C.S.] (FD 14A *)  Various sizes and backmarks.  $28 each.  

FD-14B. Coast Guard. 2-piece with border and rope circle, anchor rope passing under the shank,  eagle facing left (pre 1941), standing on the stock of foul anchor [similar to late Revenue Cutter Service, without initials “R.C.S.] (FD 14B *)  Various sizes and backmarks  $28 each.

More styles available (#728).

PA-85. (buttons) U.S. Coast Guard. Various backmarks.

    a. Brass 1”, 7/8”, ¾”, 5/8”, 9/16”. $.75 each

    b. Phenolic (WWII era) 7/8”, ¾”, 9/16”. $1 each.

12428c. (uniform) U.S. Coast Guard Grey Uniform Jacket, Chief Radio Technician. c.1943-1947. Offered here is a difficult to find WWII Coast Guard enlisted grey uniform jacket, 3-button single breasted. Jacket appears to be made of cotton and is size 37. It is unlined (some were lined in a satin like brown material). The buttons are black resin phenolic type of the proper Coast Guard type. On left arm is Chief Radio Technician rate and one service stripe (4 years), on right arm Coast Guard shield. The condition is very good, little if any wear. In 1941, for the first time, Coast Guard uniforms became officially a modification of Navy regulations. The garments themselves were the same as Naval uniforms and included the khaki undress combination with sewn in belt. Both services used the "combination cap": the officer's peaked headgear with interchangeable covers to match khaki, white or winter uniforms. Only the distinguishing corps devices, buttons, shoulder marks, etc., were distinctively Coast Guard. The officer's cap device for the Coast Guard was the most obvious difference. It consisted of a large spread eagle with shield, with a single horizontal anchor held in the eagle's talons. The Naval device had, and still has, a smaller eagle over crossed anchors. Also, the Naval eagle was silver; the Coast Guard's, gold. The Coast Guard uniform coat also continued to have the national shield placed above the sleeve rank stripes. Coast Guard buttons centered their design on a perpendicular anchor, with a rope like inner-rim. The Naval button consisted of an eagle, facing Dexter over a horizontal anchor. It should also be noted that the Coast Guard accompanied the Navy in the short-lived adoption of a grey undress uniform. This uniform, which was a dark steel grey, cut in the khaki single breasted pattern, was to be a cost-cutting replacement for both the khaki and double-breasted navy blue (black) uniforms. As with the other uniforms, it was complete with a grey cover for the combination cap. It was adopted in 1943 and phased out in 1947, when it became obvious that the Navy was not interested in abandoning the double-breasted uniform. Buttons, front: 3 @ front and 1 on each of 4 pockets exterior button-down pockets. Great piece, quite rare and in excellent condition, appears rarely worn. (VG+). $154.

12428d. (uniform) U.S. Coast Guard Grey Uniform Jacket, Chief Petty Officer, Boatswain Rating. c.1943-1947. Offered here is a difficult to find WWII Coast Guard enlisted grey uniform jacket, 3-button single breasted. Jacket appears to be made of cotton, size not marked. It is lined in a satin like brown material. The buttons are black resin phenolic type of the proper Coast Guard type. On left arm is Chief Petty Officer, Boatswain Rating and 4 service stripes (16 years), on right arm was a Coast Guard shield, long since removed. The condition is fair with some large mothing areas here and there. This coat belonged to Charlie Adamson who served from the 1920’s  until 1946. Adamson served at Point Allerton and Pamet River as a surfman in the 1920’s, CGC Achusnet (seaman), Brenton Point, Naraganset Pier, Green Hill. In WWII he attained Chief, serving at Fort Point (CA), Eurika, on a landing craft in the South Pacific, Nantucket, Cleveland Ledge Light, and Plymouth Gurnet. In 1941, for the first time, Coast Guard uniforms became officially a modification of Navy regulations. The garments themselves were the same as Naval uniforms and included the khaki undress combination with sewn in belt. Both services used the "combination cap": the officer's peaked headgear with interchangeable covers to match khaki, white or winter uniforms. Only the distinguishing corps devices, buttons, shoulder marks, etc., were distinctively Coast Guard. The officer's cap device for the Coast Guard was the most obvious difference. It consisted of a large spread eagle with shield, with a single horizontal anchor held in the eagle's talons. The Naval device had, and still has, a smaller eagle over crossed anchors. Also, the Naval eagle was silver; the Coast Guard's, gold. The Coast Guard uniform coat also continued to have the national shield placed above the sleeve rank stripes. Coast Guard buttons centered their design on a perpendicular anchor, with a rope like inner-rim. The Naval button consisted of an eagle, facing Dexter over a horizontal anchor. It should also be noted that the Coast Guard accompanied the Navy in the short-lived adoption of a grey undress uniform. This uniform, which was a dark steel grey, cut in the khaki single breasted pattern, was to be a cost-cutting replacement for both the khaki and double-breasted navy blue (black) uniforms. As with the other uniforms, it was complete with a grey cover for the combination cap. It was adopted in 1943 and phased out in 1947, when it became obvious that the Navy was not interested in abandoning the double-breasted uniform. Buttons, front: 3 @ front and 1 on each of 4 pockets exterior button-down pockets. Great history, quite rare. (G+). $74.

28126n. (uniform) U.S. Coast Guard Khaki Uniform Jacket, Chief Chief Petty Officer, Boatswain Rating. c.1943. Offered here is a difficult to find WWII Coast Guard enlisted khaki uniform jacket, 3-button single breasted. Owner's name “Adamson” is stamped on inside collar. This coat belonged to Charlie Adamson who served from the 1920’s  until 1946. Adamson served at Point Allerton and Pamet River as a surfman in the 1920’s, CGC Achusnet (seaman), Brenton Point, Naraganset Pier, Green Hill. In WWII he attained Chief, serving at Fort Point (CA), Eurika, on a landing craft in the South Pacific, Nantucket, Cleveland Ledge Light, and Plymouth Gurnet. Jacket appears to be made of cotton and is not sized. It is unlined. The buttons are included (not shown) . On left arm is Chief Petty Officer, Boatswain Rating and 4 service stripes (16 years), on right arm is a Coast Guard shield. The condition is well used with some soiling, one 1” burn hole to back. In 1941, for the first time, Coast Guard uniforms became officially a modification of Navy regulations. The garments themselves were the same as Naval uniforms and included the khaki undress combination with sewn in belt. Both services used the "combination cap": the officer's peaked headgear with interchangeable covers to match khaki, white or winter uniforms. Only the distinguishing corps devices, buttons, shoulder marks, etc., were distinctively Coast Guard. The officer's cap device for the Coast Guard was the most obvious difference. It consisted of a large spread eagle with shield, with a single horizontal anchor held in the eagle's talons. The Naval device had, and still has, a smaller eagle over crossed anchors. Also, the Naval eagle was silver; the Coast Guard's, gold. The Coast Guard uniform coat also continued to have the national shield placed above the sleeve rank stripes. Coast Guard buttons centered their design on a perpendicular anchor, with a rope like inner-rim. The Naval button consisted of an eagle, facing Dexter over a horizontal anchor. It should also be noted that the Coast Guard accompanied the Navy in the short-lived adoption of a grey undress uniform. This uniform, which was a dark steel grey, cut in the khaki single breasted pattern, was to be a cost-cutting replacement for both the khaki and double-breasted navy blue (black) uniforms. As with the other uniforms, it was complete with a grey cover for the combination cap. It was adopted in 1943 and phased out in 1947, when it became obvious that the Navy was not interested in abandoning the double-breasted uniform. Great history, quite rare. (VG-). $74.

28126L. (uniform jumper) U.S. Coast Guard Wool Jumper, E3 Seaman Striking for Radioman. c.1943. Excellent 100% wool jumper with E3 stripes and radioman rating on arm. Excellent condition, no moth holes or stains. With Coast Guard clothing tag. No size noted, shoulder measurement 18”. (VG+). $74.

28126o. (uniform jumper) U.S. Coast Guard Wool Jumper, Seaman Recruit. c.1943. Excellent 100% wool jumper. Excellent condition, no moth holes or stains. With Coast Guard clothing tag. No size noted, shoulder measurement 16 ½”. Belonged to B.E. Bunderud USCGR who served as a radioman in the Pacific in 1943. (VG+). $34.

28126n. (uniform jumper) U.S. Coast Guard Wool Jumper, Seaman Recruit. c.1943. Excellent 100% wool jumper. Excellent condition, no moth holes or stains. With Coast Guard clothing tag. No size noted, shoulder measurement 16 ½”. Belonged to B.E. Bunderud USCGR who served as a radioman in the Pacific in 1943. (VG+). $34.

2539o. (uniform) U.S. Coast Guard Shore Establishment Uniform, Khaki Jacket, Second Class Petty Officer, Boatswain Rating. c.1943. Excellent cotton jacket with rating on arm, complete with brass shore establishment collar insignia. Rating of Boatswain second class. This uniform belonged to Harold Henry Giger, who was born in 1895. Giger was the youngest of 7 children from a farm family in Elmdale, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas (KU) in May of 1918 during the war. He joined the US Navy and did his basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. He was commissioned as an officer and spent the rest of his service in the states. During WWII he joined the US Coast Guard and served in a reserve capacity. While this resembles the very common CPO style khaki jacket, it is not. This is a style of US Coast Guard jacket that was worn only by Coast Guard Shore Establishment personnel during WW2. It differs from the standard khaki CPO jacket in that it has grommets on the collar for the screw back insignia, has 4 buttons down the front (not 3) and the bottom pockets are open, rather than a buttoned flap. It has the early right facing Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class rate on the right arm and a blue embroidered Coast Guard shield on the right cuff. Very good condition, no moth holes, a few small spots, light soiling. With U.S. Coast Guard Clothing Depot tag, no size noted. Marked to “H.H. Giger”. Buttons are brass regulation Coast Guard, with brass  screw-post Shore Establishment collar insignia (brass screwback insignia with a United States Coast Guard circular seal with crossed anchors behind). The Shore Establishment uniform was for members of the Temporary Reserve, the Mounted Beach Patrol, and also optional with all enlisted men when on shore details. It was worn by men up to the grade of Chief Petty Officer. (VG+). $95.

2539r. (uniform) U.S. Coast Guard Shore Establishment Uniform, Wool Jacket with Pants, Second Class Petty Officer, Boatswain Rating. c.1943. Excellent 100% wool jacket with rating on arm, complete with brass shore establishment collar insignia. Rating of Boatswain second class. This uniform belonged to Harold Henry Giger, who was born in 1895. Giger was the youngest of 7 children from a farm family in Elmdale, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas (KU) in May of 1918 during the war. He joined the US Navy and did his basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. He was commissioned as an officer and spent the rest of his service in the states. During WWII he joined the US Coast Guard and served in a reserve capacity. While this resembles the very common CPO style blue wool jacket, it is not one of those. This is a style of US Coast Guard jacket that was worn only by Coast Guard  Shore Establishment personnel during WW2. It differs from the standard CPO jacket in that it has gromets on the collar for the screwback insignia, has 4 buttons down the front (not 3) and the bottom pockets are open, rather than a buttoned flap. It has the early right facing Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class rate on the right arm and a white embroidered Coast Guard shield on the right cuff. Very good condition, no moth holes, a few small spots, light soiling. With U.S. Coast Guard Clothing Depot tag, no size noted. Buttons are brass regulation Coast Guard, with brass screw-post  Shore Establishment collar insignia. The Shore Establishment uniform was for members of the Temporary Reserve, the Mounted Beach Patrol, and also optional with all enlisted men when on shore details. It was worn by men up to the grade of Chief Petty Officer. (VG+). $110.

 

2539p. (uniform) U.S. Coast Guard Blue Chief’s Petty Officer Uniform Jacket with pants c.1940’s. Chief’s uniform, although period, appears still fresh from the cleaners. The crow is in silver bullion as well as the machinist rate. On the right sleeve is the Coast Guard shield again in silver bullion. The one row ribbon bar is testament to his service to country, at least 8 years of service indicated by the 2 hash marks. The ribbons indicating service include Good Conduct, American Campaign, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign. There is a WWII Ruptured Duck” insignia below the ribbons. Manufacturer unknown but bears a “Regulation U.S. Navy Uniform” label. The pieces are not sized but jacket measures about 18 inches shoulder to shoulder, 18 inches armpit to armpit, and 24 inches shoulder to cuff. The matching pants measure 30 inches in the waist with a 33 inch inseam. Jacket is completely lined in a satin-like light navy blue  material. The buttons are brass of the proper Coast Guard type (backmarked “Waterbury Button Co. Conn.”). Quite a nice example of WWII era Chief’s blue uniform. Great lot, quite rare and in excellent condition. (VG+). $225.

 

   

Photo of Commander (E) Quincy B. Newman in similar  Service Dress uniform tunic. (photo not included) 

13163. (uniform tunic) U.S. Coast Guard. First Lieutenant Service Dress Uniform Tunic c.1915-1921 +. Uniform tunic is part of the Coast Guard Service Dress uniform and appears to be from the 1915 – 1921 period but may be as late as the 1940’s. The regulations for 1921 describe the coat as follows: “The Blue Service Coat - is made of dark blue cloth or serge, with a standing collar, single breasted, extending to about ten inches below the waist, trimmed around the collar, down both front edges, around the bottom and up the side scams of the back with black mohair braid one and one-quarter inches wide. The sleeves bear the same gold stripes indicating the rank of the wearer [First Lieutenant] as those on the full dress coat, and on both sides of the collar are embroidered the insignia of rank with the insignia indicating Line or Staff in rear of it.” In this case the collar insignia are of brass rather than embroidered, and the fouled anchor does not have the shield surcharged on top. This tunic ic custom made and bears interior label “Individually Tailored for The Mode. Washington D.C.”  Clean, rarely worn, a rare piece. (VG+). $225. 

 

 

28126d. (uniform) U.S. Coast Guard Khaki Uniform Jacket, Chief Pharmacist's Mate. c.1943-1947. Offered here is a difficult to find WWII Coast Guard enlisted khaki uniform jacket, 3-button single breasted. Owner's name “Kuchta” is stamped on inside collar. Kuchta served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1938 to 1947 and was in the Pacific theater during WW II. Jacket appears to be made of cotton and is not sized. It is unlined. The buttons are brass by Vanguard Corp NY. of the proper Coast Guard type. On left arm is Chief Pharmacist's Mate rate and two service stripes (8 years), on right arm Coast Guard shield. The condition is very good, little if any wear. In 1941, for the first time, Coast Guard uniforms became officially a modification of Navy regulations. The garments themselves were the same as Naval uniforms and included the khaki undress combination with sewn in belt. Both services used the "combination cap": the officer's peaked headgear with interchangeable covers to match khaki, white or winter uniforms. Only the distinguishing corps devices, buttons, shoulder marks, etc., were distinctively Coast Guard. The officer's cap device for the Coast Guard was the most obvious difference. It consisted of a large spread eagle with shield, with a single horizontal anchor held in the eagle's talons. The Naval device had, and still has, a smaller eagle over crossed anchors. Also, the Naval eagle was silver; the Coast Guard's, gold. The Coast Guard uniform coat also continued to have the national shield placed above the sleeve rank stripes. Coast Guard buttons centered their design on a perpendicular anchor, with a rope like inner-rim. The Naval button consisted of an eagle, facing Dexter over a horizontal anchor. It should also be noted that the Coast Guard accompanied the Navy in the short-lived adoption of a grey undress uniform. This uniform, which was a dark steel grey, cut in the khaki single breasted pattern, was to be a cost-cutting replacement for both the khaki and double-breasted navy blue (black) uniforms. As with the other uniforms, it was complete with a grey cover for the combination cap. It was adopted in 1943 and phased out in 1947, when it became obvious that the Navy was not interested in abandoning the double-breasted uniform. Approximate measurements: Shoulder to shoulder width: 18 ½”, armpit to bottom hem: 19¼", shoulder to sleeve hem: 23 ¼”, armpit to sleeve hem: 16 3/8”. Brass buttons, front: 3 @ front and 1 on each of 4 pockets exterior button-down pockets. Great piece, quite rare and in excellent condition, appears rarely worn. (VG+). $134.

 

 

28126c. (uniform) U.S. Coast Guard Wool Jumper with Pants, Second Class Petty Officer, Machinist Rating. c.1943. Excellent 100% wool jumper with rating on arm, complete with front button pants. Rating of Machinist. Excellent condition, no moth holes or stains. With Naval Clothing Factory tag, no sizes noted. Pants about 30/32 with Coast Guard clothing tag. (VG+).  $78.

 

 

28126b. (uniform) U.S. Coast Guard Wool Jumper with Pants. c.1944-54. Excellent 100% wool jumper as new without ratings or insignia, complete with front button pants. Excellent condition, no moth holes or stains. Jumper marked “Navy Clothing Depot Size 38 100% wool”. Front button pants with label of “U.S. Coast Guard”. No size indicated but approximately 30/27. Very nice set, excellent condition. (VG+).  $68.

 

22167. [insignia set] U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Wonderful collection from the uniform of a Lieutenant serving in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. I believe from the insignia that this gentleman was a Division Vice Captain and Flotilla Commander. Set includes shoulder boards, hash marks, and a complete set of buttons by Waterbury and Supreme Quality. Excellent set is complete, perfect for a Coast Guard display. (VG). $68.

8176-23. COASTGUARD ENLISTED MAN’S CAP. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap is in very good condition, complete, with no apparent tears, little if any wear, and clean as it has been kept protected. Tally letters clear and crisp. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Hat size marked 6 7/8. (VG+). $110.

8176-22. COASTGUARD ENLISTED MAN’S CAP. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap is in very good condition, complete, with no apparent tears, little if any wear, and clean as it has been kept protected. Tally letters clear and crisp. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Hat size marked 7 3/8. (VG+). $110.

8176-20. Coast Guard Enlisted Man’s Cap. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap is in very good condition, complete, with no apparent tears and clean as it has been kept protected. Tally letters clear and crisp. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Hat size is not marked. About 21" inside circumference. (VG+). $110.

8176-21. COASTGUARD ENLISTED MAN’S CAP. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap is in very good condition, complete, with no apparent tears, little if any wear, and clean as it has been kept protected. Tally letters clear and crisp. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Hat size marked 7 1/8. (VG+). $88.

 

8176-18. COAST GUARD ENLISTED MAN’S CAP with PHOTO c.1944. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap is in unusually good condition, complete, with no apparent tears and clean as it has been kept protected. Tally letters clear and crisp. Size tag indicates size 7 1/8. Under the band are remnants of four tickets to World War II era New York Broadway shows. Also with the hat is a wonderful large period portrait photograph of the hats owner in uniform including this hat. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. (VG+). $188.

8176-19. COAST GUARD ENLISTED MAN’S CAP. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap is in very good condition, complete, with no apparent tears, light wear to seam, and clean as it has been kept protected. Tally letters clear and crisp. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Named on inside of band to “T.A. Simuson”. Hat size is not marked. (VG+). $88.

 

   

8176-11. COASTGUARD ENLISTED MAN’S CAP. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap is in very good condition, complete, with no apparent tears and clean as it has been kept protected. Tally letters clear and crisp. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Hat size is not marked. (VG+). $88.

   

8176-3. U.S. COAST GUARD ENLISTED MAN’S CAP. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap is in very good condition, complete, with no apparent tears and unusually clean as it has been kept protected. Just a few very small moth holes in wool. Tally letters clear and crisp. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Hat has no tag, no size noted. (VG). $98.

 

8176t. WWII US Coast Guard Officer’s Blue Cap Crown for the Service Visor Cap. Rare piece of World War II US Coast Guard / Navy Uniform components. The cap crown is a size 7 ¼”. It is made of worsted wool in navy blue. The cap crowns were swapped out so that the officer did not have to purchase multiple visor caps. White was worn in the tropics and summer, blue in colder climates and winter. Only a few small spots, very light wear. Tally shown available separately. (VG). $68. 

SR-484. COASTGUARD ENLISTED MAN’S CAP. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap itself is in very good condition, complete, with no apparent tears and unusually clean, only light wear. Tally letters clear and crisp, a few holes in area near bow. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Hat interior has moderate expected wear and ageing and is marked size 6 7/8. Labeled for “T.B. Horn”. (VG). $108.

    

  

SR-438. US Coast Guard White Cap Crown only for the Enlisted man’s Cap. Rare piece of World War II US Coast Guard Uniform components. The cap crown is a size is 6 7/8. It is made of polyester and cotton in white. The cap crowns could be swapped out in case of soiling or damage. White was worn in the tropics and summer, blue in colder climates and winter. Only a bit of soiling, little if any wear. (VG+). $28.

8176z. US Coast Guard White Cap Crown only for the Enlisted man’s Cap.  Rare piece of World War II US Coast Guard uniform component. It is made of polyester and cotton in white. The cap crowns could be swapped out in case of soiling or damage. White was worn in the tropics and summer, blue in colder climates and winter. Overall quite clean, never worn. Crown only. (VG). $12.

8176-15. US Coast Guard Khaki Cap Crown only  Size 7. Rare piece of World War II US Coast Guard uniform component. It is likely made of cotton in khaki color. The cap crowns could be swapped out in case of soiling or damage. Rarely worn. Crown only. (VG+). $10.

8176-16. US Coast Guard Blue Cap Crown only for the Enlisted man’s Cap.  Size 7. Rare piece of World War II US Coast Guard uniform component. It is made of wool in blue. The cap crowns could be swapped out in case of soiling or damage. White was worn in the tropics and summer, blue in colder climates and winter. Rarely worn. Crown only. (VG+). $12.

8176t. WWII US Coast Guard Officer’s Blue Cap Crown for the Service Visor Cap. Rare piece of World War II US Coast Guard / Navy Uniform components. The cap crown is a size 7 ¼”. It is made of worsted wool in navy blue. The cap crowns were swapped out so that the officer did not have to purchase multiple visor caps. White was worn in the tropics and summer, blue in colder climates and winter. Only a few small spots, very light wear. (VG). $68. 

 

9467r,s,t. “U.S. Coast Guard” cap ribbon or “ Tally” is of black silk, 1 ½” wide, stitched on the upper and lower edges, and bears the words “U. S. Coast Guard” in ½” gold block letters. Ribbon was worn around the band on the enlisted men’s flat cap. tally is 34" long X 1 ½” in width. Tally is World War II vintage, new old stock. Condition is as new, superb, all letters clear, bright and sharp. (VG+). $48.

9467u. “U.S.S. Shoshone, C.G.” cap ribbon or “ Tally” is of black silk, 1 ½” wide, stitched on the upper and lower edges, and bears the words ““U.S.S. Shoshone, C.G.” in ½” gold block letters. Ribbon was worn around the band on the enlisted men’s flat cap. tally is 20" long X 1 ½” in width. Condition is very good, removed from period cap. The Shoshone was a Lake Class 250-foot cutter launched in 1931. She was stationed in San Francisco and was on Bering Sea patrol. All letters clear, bright and sharp. (VG+). $68. Sold.

9467y. “U.S.S. Galatea, C.G.” cap ribbon or “ Tally” is of black silk, 1 ½” wide, stitched on the upper and lower edges, and bears the words ““U.S.S. Galatea, C.G.” in ½” gold block letters. Ribbon was worn around the band on the enlisted men’s flat cap. tally is 34" long X 1 ½” in width. Tally is probably pre World War II vintage, new old stock. Condition is very good, removed from period cap. The Galatea was a 165-foot (B) cutter launched in 1932. She was stationed in New York in the 1930’s, and then assigned to the Navy for wartime duty, operating out of Key West. Unused, all letters clear, bright and sharp. (VG+). $68.

9467z. “U.S.S. Stewart” cap ribbon or “ Tally” is of black silk, 1 ½” wide, stitched on the upper and lower edges, and bears the words ““U.S.S. Stewart” in ½” gold block letters. Ribbon was worn around the band on the enlisted men’s flat cap. tally is 20" long X 1 ½” in width. Condition is very good, only light wear. The USS Stewart (DD-224) was a Clemson-class destroyer in the United States Navy laid down in 1919. All letters clear, bright and sharp. (VG+). $44.

9467w. “U.S. Navy” cap ribbon or “ Tally” is of black silk, 1 ½” wide, stitched on the upper and lower edges, and bears the words “U. S. Navy” in ½” gold block letters. Ribbon was worn around the band on the enlisted men’s flat cap. Tally is 23" long X 1 ½” in width. Tally is World War II vintage, new old stock. Condition is as new, superb, all letters clear, bright and sharp. (VG+). $34.

  

13388b. (leggings) U.S. Coast Guard Leggings c.1943. Rare set of original WWII Coast Guard leggings. Leggings were of olive-drab cotton duck, Navy standard, and were worm with any form of dress when under arms for infantry drill or for duty with a landing party, when on patrol and during beach apparatus drill when rubber boots were not worn. These leggings are stenciled for H.N.W. Wangsness. No manufacturer’s mark. Leggings are complete with brass hooks and grommets, tie string and foot strap. Overall clean, very good condition. (VG+). $44. (shown at right in photo)

 

14162b. (sea bag) Original U.S. Coast Guard Canvas Sea Bag c.1943. Measures about 40” around by 34” long. Bag is stenciled for owner B.E. Bunderud USCGR who served as a radioman in the Pacific in 1943. Also marked Property of U.S.C.G. Very good condition, intact, only light soiling. (VG+). $65.

2539n. (Pea coat) U.S. Coast Guard / Navy Pea Coat c.1940’s. Manufactured by Naval Clothing Factory. Size 38. A Pea Coat was for use enlisted ranks on vessels and at shore stations. Coat is 6-button double-breasted, made of 100% wool fabric in Coast Guard blue with black phenolic anchor buttons. Coat has broad lapels, double-breasted fronts, and vertical or slash pockets. The U.S. Navy adopted Pea Coats as early as 1881, becoming standard fare in the 20th century for both Navy and Coast Guard. Coat is in very good condition, quite clean, no mothing, lining nicely intact. Difficult to find these early WWII  coats. (VG+). $64.

25159e,f. Embroidered Coast Guard Officer and Warrant Officer Shield, Engineer Rate (metallic gold) $34 each.

 

U. S. Life Saving Service / Coast Guard Surfman Cap or Collar Device.

6775-15. (Set 2) U. S. Coast Guard Collar devices: Life preserver surmounted by crossed oars. Gold plated for Blue Dress Uniform, still on original purchase card. Manufactured by Gemsco Insignia. Not backmarked. Clutch back. Set 2 $118.

6775-14. (Matched Set of 2) U. S. Coast Guard Surfman Collar Devices Station #71 c.1920-40’s. Devices in brass. Life preserver surmounted by crossed oars. 1 ¼”. Pin back. No backmark. From the estate of a retired Long Island CWO4. In 1920 Station #71 was Southampton, Long Island, NY. Some wear. (VG+). $144. 

6775-12. U. S. Coast Guard Surfman Collar Device Station #73 c.1920-40’s. Device in brass. Life preserver surmounted by crossed oars. 1 ¼”. Pin back. No backmark. From the estate of a retired Long Island CWO4. In 1920 Station #73 was Tiana, Long Island, NY. Some wear. (VG+). $64. 

6775-11. (Matched Set of 2) U. S. Coast Guard Surfman Collar Devices c.1920-40’s. Device in dull finish bronze for olive drab uniform. Life preserver surmounted by crossed oars. 1 ¼”, pin back for collar. No backmark. From estate of retired Long Island CWO4. Some wear. (VG). $128 set.

 

6775-17. U. S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Keeper Collar or Hat Device c.1920’s – 1940’s. Vertical gilt foul anchor surmounted by silver life preserver with crossed oars. 1 ¾” high. Not backmarked. Pin back. These are exceptionally rare. (VG). $225. 

 

6775-23. U. S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Hat device: Vertical gilt foul anchor surmounted by silver Coast Guard shield, with nicely detailed chain. 1 ¾” high. In chocolate subdued finish. These earlier insignia are quite rare. From estate of retired CWO4. (VG+). $44. Sold.

6775-22. U. S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Hat device: Vertical gilt foul anchor surmounted by silver Coast Guard shield, with nicely detailed chain. 1 ¾” high. c. 1940-60’s. By Meyer. Marked Sterling. These earlier insignia are quite rare. From estate of retired CWO4. Needs cleaning only. (VG+). $64.Sold.

6775-25. U. S. Coast Guard Surfman Collar Device Station #71 c.1920-40’s. Device in dull finish bronze for olive drab uniform. Life preserver surmounted by crossed oars. 1 ¼”. Pin back. No backmark. From the estate of a retired Long Island CWO4. In 1920 Station #71 was Southampton, Long Island, NY. Light wear. (VG+). $74.

6775-24. U. S. Coast Guard Surfman Collar Device c.1920-40’s. Device in brass. Life preserver surmounted by crossed oars. 1 ¼”. Pin back. No backmark. From the estate of a retired Long Island CWO4. Some wear, may be replacement pin. (VG+). $64. Sold.

 

6775-8. (Matched Set of 3) U. S. Coast Guard Surfman Hat and Collar Devices c.1920-40’s. Devices are gilt plated for blue dress uniform Life preserver surmounted by crossed oars. 1 ¼”. Two are pin back for collar and one is screw post (without nut) for hat. Cap device backmarked “Meyer Metal”. From estate, originally together as a set. Some wear. (VG). $186 set. 

6775-7. (collar insignia) U. S. Coast Guard Surfman Collar Devices c.1920-40’s. Device is gilt plated for blue dress uniform Life preserver surmounted by crossed oars. 1 ¼”. Pin back for collar. Backmarked “Meyer Metal” with shield. Some wear. (VG). $76. 

6775oo. U. S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Hat device: Vertical gilt foul anchor surmounted by silver Coast Guard shield, with twisted brass wire for rope. 1 ¾” high. c. 1940-60’s. These are quite rare. (VG). $44. Sold.

6775tt. Matched Pair U. S. Coast Guard Surfman Collar Device Station #71 c.1930-40’s. Device in brass for uniform Life preserver surmounted by crossed oars. 1 ¼”. Pin back. No backmark. From the estate of a retired Long Island CWO4. Station #71 was Southampten, Long Island, NY. Some wear. (VG). $124 pair.  Sold.

6775zz. Matched Pair U. S. Coast Guard Surfman Collar Device c.1930-40’s. Device in gold plated for blue dress uniform Life preserver surmounted by crossed oars. 1 ¼”. Pin back. No backmark. From the estate of a retired Long Island CWO4. Some wear. (VG). $84 pair.

 

  

96775ee. (matched pair) U. S. Coast Guard Surfman Collar Device c.1920-1930’s.  Device in early dull finish brass. Life preserver surmounted by crossed oars. 1 ¼”. Pin back. No backmark. From the estate of a retired Long Island CWO. Expected wear. Excellent authentic set. (VG-). $148 pr.

  

6775gg. Set 3 U. S. Coast Guard Collar devices: Life preserver surmounted by crossed oars. Gold plated for Blue Dress Uniform, still on original purchase card. Manufactured by Meyer Insignia. 1 ¼”.  Backmarked “N.S. Meyer Inc., New York”. Clutch back. Set 3 $275.

6775w,x. Cap or collar device: No. 14 guilder’s metal, dull finish bronze, with two diagonally crossed oars on a circular life buoy. Dull finish bronze devices were used on the olive drab coat. Screw back. 1”. (VG+). $88.

6775q. Collar device: No. 14 guilder’s metal, gold plated for Blue Dress Uniform. 1 ¼”. with two diagonally crossed oars on a circular life buoy. The station number “310” in ¼” number is added where the oars cross. Pin back. (VG). $148.

26198a,b. Original U. S. LIGHT HOUSE SERVICE MATCHED PAIR OF HAT SIDE CHIN-STRAP BUTTONS. Buttons are Albert type FD-24, 12mm (1/2”) with image of Masonry ( Minot ’s Ledge] lighthouse. Backmarked “Super Fine”. Typical two piece/gilt front & reverse finish and complete with rare screw post with tube style hat attachment. This type was used to attach the chin strap to each side of the hat, just above the visor. This set is extremely rare. Clean, bright, may have been unused. (F-).  $128 pr. 

Early Original Coast Guard  Insignia

10137 U.S. Coast Guard Service Stripes c.1930’s. Eight (8) service stripes in gold (for outstanding conduct) denote 32 years of service, worn by a CWO at Shinnecock Lifeboat Station in the 1930’s. Stripes are on blue cloth for white and olive drab uniforms, and measure 8” long and 3/8” wide each. Extremely rare. (VG). $55.

Original U. S. Coast Guard Surfman Specialty Insignia  c.1920's. Embroidered CG crossed oars on life ring. This original Coast Guard specialty insignia is of exceptional quality and was worn officers and surfmen on their left arm, according to the 1916 Uniform Regulations. The insignia is of finely detailed gilt bullion embroidered on navy blue wool serge. Insignia was also used on caps for a very short time. Embroidery measures approximately 1” high by 1 ¼” wide. There is little if any wear, never worn.  Guaranteed to be absolutely authentic. This is an unprecedented find as I have seen only one available in the last 15 years. #24190.   $225 net.  

Coast Guard CPO Hat Device $55

Early Coast Guard surfman insignia. Embroidered CG crossed oars on life ring. $225

25159a,b,c. Embroidered Coast Guard Officer and Warrant Officer Shield (metallic gold) $34 ea

25159d,d,e,f. Embroidered Coast Guard Officer and Warrant Officer Shield, Engineer Rate (metallic gold) $34 each.

Enlisted Man arm shield embroidered , WW II, blue on gray. $ 22

Enlisted Man arm shield embroidered , winter, Chief, blue on khaki. $24

Embroidered Coast Guard Petty Officer shield (metallic gold on khaki) c.1930’s $34 ea

Embroidered Coast Guard Officer Shield (metallic gold on navy blue) c.1930’s -  $18 ea. (strip of two $28)

Embroidered Coast Guard Warrant Officer Shield (metallic silver) c.1930’s -  $18 ea

Embroidered Coast Guard Warrant Officer Shield (metallic silver on gray) c.1930’s -  $28 ea

25176a. Enlisted Man arm shield embroidered , winter, white on navy blue. $12 ea. 

25176g. Enlisted Man arm shield embroidered , summer, navy blue on white. $24 ea. (temporarily unavailable)

25176b. Enlisted Man arm shield embroidered , blue on dark khaki. $24.

25176c. Enlisted Man arm shield embroidered , winter, Chief, blue on khaki. $24.

PA-72a. Shoulder Insignia. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bosun (W-4). Vanguard. c.1970’s. New old stock in box. $24.

PA-72c. Shoulder Insignia. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bosun (W-4). Vanguard. c.1970’s. Light wear. $14.

PA-72b. Shoulder Insignia. Warrant Officer 3 Bosun (W-3). Gemsco. c. 1970’s. New old stock in box. $24.

PA-73b. Shirt Collar Insignia (pair). Chief Petty Officer. 15/16” Gemsco. c. 1970’s. New old stock in box. $8.

PA-73a. Shirt Collar Insignia (pair). Senior Chief Petty Officer. 15/16” Vanguard. c. 1970’s. New old stock in box. $9.

PA-74a. Cap Device. Chief Petty Officer. 1 ¾” Gemsco. c. 1970’s. Sterling. New old stock in box. $8.

PA-74c. Cap Device mounted on mohair band. Senior Chief Petty Officer. 1 ¾” Vanguard. c. 1970’s. New old stock in box. $11.

PA-74d. Cap Device mounted on mohair band. Chief Petty Officer. 1 ¾” c. 1970’s. New old stock. $11.

PA-75a. Belt buckle, solid brass, for web belt. Chief Petty Officer. 1 3/8” Gemsco. c. 1970’s. New old stock. $11.

PA-75b. Belt buckle, solid brass, for web belt. c. 1970’s. Vanguard. New old stock. $8.

PA-80. Metal Grade Insignia. Chief Warrant Officer (W-3). c.1970. Blue background broken across center by silver break. Clutch back. Vanguard. $12.

PA-88. Metal Collar Grade Insignia. Petty Officer First Class. c.1970. Three gold chevrons mounted under silver Coast Guard shield. Clutch back. $6 each.

PA-74n. Cap Device mounted on mohair hat band. Chief Petty Officer. 1 ¾” c. 1970’s. New old stock. $18.

PA-73f. Metal breast insignia. Cutterman (gold – for officers) 2 ½”. $8.

PA-73g. Metal breast insignia. Cutterman (gold – for officers) miniature size. 1 3/8”.  New old stock in box. $8.

PA-73h. Metal breast insignia. Coxswain (satin finish) 2”. $10.

PA-87. U.S. Coast Guard boatswain's pipe. c.1970’s. This is the official U.S. Navy And Coast Guard boatswain's pipe used by boatswain's mates during ceremonies and while standing watch. The boatswain's pipe is presented to newly frocked third class boatswain's mates by the member's department as a sign of respect and accomplishment. Beautiful sterling silver plated shine, lightly used. From the estate of a retired Long Island CWO4 Bosun. $18.

 

PA-83. Chin Straps for Cap. Unused, new old stock.

    a. Commissioned and Chief Warrant Officers. ½” faced with gold lace. $10.

    b. 3/8” faced with gold lace. $8.

    c. Warrant Officers (W-1) ¼” faced with gold lace. $6.

    d. Enlisted men. ¼”  black patent leather (2) or plastic (1). $2 each.

 

11202. (rating badge) U.S. Coast Guard / Navy c.1940-70’s. Consists of eagle perched with wings expanded, head to eagle’s right, chevrons indicating wearer’s rate, and a specialty mark indicating wearer’s rating, all embroidered on a pentagonal shaped background (white – summer or blue – winter). Most unused, new old stock. 

s. (1) Petty Officer, First Class. Firefighter. Winter (on blue). $2.50.

m. (1) Petty Officer, Third Class. Gunner’s Mate. Summer. (used) $2.50 ea.

Sleeve Specialty Marks

aa. (1) Airman E-3. Aviation Boatswains Mate. Winter. $2.50.

bb. (1) Seaman E-3. Builder. Winter. $2.50.

11202-1. (rating badge set 2) Chief Gunners Mate, U.S. Coast Guard pre 1948 & post 1948. Consists of eagle perched with wings expanded, head to eagle’s left (pre 1948) and right (post 1948), chevrons indicating wearer’s rate, and a specialty mark indicating wearer’s rating, all embroidered on a shaped background. Chief Gunners Mate. The deck group of the Navy/Coast Guard before 1948 wore rates on their right arm which is why the eagle faces left (forward). Very rare set indicating the two periods of use. Pre 1948 (eagle facing left) is extremely rare. From collection of retired 35-year Coast Guard CWO4. (VG). $48.

1503. (insignia) Honorable Service Lapel Insignia “Ruptured Duck”. Original embroidered insignia measures 3” x 1 ½”. The Honorable Service Lapel Button sometimes called the Honorable Service Lapel Pin was awarded to United States military service members who were discharged under honorable conditions during World War II. The award is sometimes colloquially called the Ruptured Duck. $5.

 

 

11202q. (rating badge) U.S. Coast Guard c.1960’s - 1970’s. Consists of eagle perched with wings expanded, head to eagle’s right, chevrons indicating wearer’s rate, and a specialty mark indicating wearer’s rating, all embroidered on a pentagonal shaped background. Chief Petty Officer Marine Science Technician (white summer) unused. Rate active 1968. (F-) $17.

 

 

Misc Coast Guard hat and collar insignia shown above. $1 each. (Shore Estab on left sold) 

11215b. (belt buckle) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Rockaway WAGO-377 by Zippo. (shown above) Sold. 

SR-432. (medal) Boxed World War II U.S. U.S. Coast Guard “American Theatre Campaign Medal" c.1946. Good quality medal with crimp brooch in original labeled box. Box is marked with Title of award and maker U.S. Mint, U.S. Coast Guard S&A Reg. No. CG-3149A. This medal was authorized on Nov. 6, 1942 by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Issued to commemorate the service performed by personnel of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard who served during the periods between Dec. 7, 1941 ( Pearl Harbor Day ) and March 2, 1946. The Bronze medal is 1 1/4 inches in width. On the obverse is a Navy cruiser under full steam with a B-24 airplane flying overhead with a sinking enemy submarine in the foreground on three wave symbols, in the background a few buildings representing the arsenal of democracy, above the scene the words "AMERICAN CAMPAIGN." On the reverse an American bald eagle close between the dates "1941 - 1945" and the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA." Complete, only light wear. (VG). $56. 

Coast Guard Medals, Awards and Decorations. All new old stock, most never worn. $12 each:

PA-76a. European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (on card)

PA-76b. Korean Service Medal (on card)

PA-76c. Arctic Service Medal (on card)

PA-76d. Occupation Service Medal

PA-76e. Good Conduct Medal (on card)

PA-76f. Expert Pistol Shot Medal (on card)

PA-76g. Expert Rifleman Medal (on card)

PA-76h. Armed Forces Reserve Medal (in box)

PA-76i. World War II National Defense (set in box includes service ribbon)

PA-76j. Good Conduct Medal (later)

PA-76k. Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze star (worn, some staining).

 

PA-3a. U.S. Life-Saving Service Button – coat size 7/8” – 1”. $24 each

PA-3b. U.S. Life-Saving Service Button – cuff/hat size ½”. $18 each

PA-4a. U.S. Light House Establishment Button – coat size 7/8” – 1” Intertwined style. $18 each

PA-4b. U.S. Lighthouse Service Button – vest size ¾” . $16 each

 

25185e. WW II United States Coast Guard Good Conduct medal with two bars. The medal is mounted on a pinback brooch with a locking catch. The medal is not named and not numbered. Duty stations include CGC Bering Strait and CGC Poplar (WAGL241). CGC Poplar was built as a tender for the Lighthouse Service at Dubuque, Iowa and launched in 1939. She was one of two Goldenrod-class river tenders. These 104-foot river tenders were constructed of steel except for the top of the pilot house and Texas deck, which were wood. Their propellers were mounted in tunnels for operations in shallow waters, the first tenders so equipped. Upon completion Poplar assumed tender duties out of her permanent station at St. Louis, Missouri and serviced navigational aids along the Mississippi River in the region. In the center of a bronze medallion one and a half inches in diameter, a ship is depicted sailing on water and is contained within a circle formed by a rope which is tied in the six o'clock position. Beneath the rope and ship are crossed oars, and forming a circle around the rope and the edge of the medal, a circle of chain. Between the circle of rope and chain, the words SEMPER PARATUS. The ship is the Tampa , a Coast Guard cutter sunk on September 26, 1918, by a German submarine. All hands on the Tampa were lost. The Tampa thus represents the ultimate in "fidelity, zeal, and obedience." The oars represent the United States Lifesaving Service, which merged with the Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to form the United States Coast Guard. The chain and rope are nautical devices that allude to sea service, while the words SEMPER PARATUS and mean "always ready," which is the motto of the Coast Guard. The ribbon hangs from a squared bronze pinbar with the words U.S. COAST GUARD in the center, and the medal is connected to the ribbon by a straight suspension bar. Such Good Conduct medals with bars are extremely difficult to find. (VG+). $285.

  

25185d. WW II United States Coast Guard Good Conduct medal. The medal is mounted on a pinback broach with a locking catch. The medal is not named and not numbered, and with no duty station bars. In the center of a bronze medallion one and a half inches in diameter, a ship is depicted sailing on water and is contained within a circle formed by a rope which is tied in the six o'clock position. Beneath the rope and ship are crossed oars, and forming a circle around the rope and the edge of the medal, a circle of chain. Between the circle of rope and chain, the words SEMPER PARATUS. The ship is the Tampa , a Coast Guard cutter sunk on September 26, 1918, by a German submarine. All hands on the Tampa were lost. The Tampa thus represents the ultimate in "fidelity, zeal, and obedience." The oars represent the United States Lifesaving Service, which merged with the Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to form the United States Coast Guard. The chain and rope are nautical devices that allude to sea service, while the words SEMPER PARATUS and mean "always ready," which is the motto of the Coast Guard. The ribbon hangs from a squared bronze pinbar with the words U.S. COAST GUARD in the center, and the medal is connected to the ribbon by a straight suspension bar. Such Good Conduct medals are quite difficult to find. (VG+). $115.

25185f. WW II United States Coast Guard Good Conduct medal. The medal is mounted on a pinback broach with a locking catch. The medal is not named and not numbered, and with no duty station bars. In the center of a bronze medallion one and a half inches in diameter, a ship is depicted sailing on water and is contained within a circle formed by a rope which is tied in the six o'clock position. Beneath the rope and ship are crossed oars, and forming a circle around the rope and the edge of the medal, a circle of chain. Between the circle of rope and chain, the words SEMPER PARATUS. The ship is the Tampa , a Coast Guard cutter sunk on September 26, 1918, by a German submarine. All hands on the Tampa were lost. The Tampa thus represents the ultimate in "fidelity, zeal, and obedience." The oars represent the United States Lifesaving Service, which merged with the Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to form the United States Coast Guard. The chain and rope are nautical devices that allude to sea service, while the words SEMPER PARATUS and mean "always ready," which is the motto of the Coast Guard. The ribbon hangs from a squared bronze pinbar with the words U.S. COAST GUARD in the center, and the medal is connected to the ribbon by a straight suspension bar. Such original early Good Conduct medals are quite difficult to find. Completely intact, no issues, light soiling to back of ribbon. (VG+). $85.

21479f. [sword] U.S. Coast Guard Sword with Scabbard, Knot, Sword Belt with Buckle, Cotton Bag and Case c.1982.  This is a U.S. Coast Guard dress sword complete with sword knot, sword belt with buckle, scabbard, cotton bag and case. Sword is marked “USCG” on the guard. Blade with detailed etching including “USCG” and the owner’s name “Daniel E. Fancher”. Case is lettered in white “D.E.F. USCG”. Daniel E. Fancher graduated from the Coast Guard Academy as an Ensign in 1981-1982. The entire set shows little age if any. The original “fish-skin” grip and wire are in excellent condition. The scabbard is in overall excellent condition. The bottom of the blade is marked: "Vanguard Stainless Toledo Spain.". Included is a small brass circle marked “proved". The pommel has an eagle with thirteen stars. The fittings appear to be cast brass with 24 carat gold plating. The sword is in as new, was used for ceremonial purposes only. The blade itself is in excellent condition. The carrying case is clean, only a few light scuff marks. Blade length 28” to guard. Belt is by Vanguard size 34, clean, supple, as new. (F-). $385. 

 

14202b. [sword knot] U.S. Coast Guard Sword Knot. c.1970’s – 1990’s. This is a U.S. Coast Guard dress sword knot with blue tip in original Vanguard Military Equipment Corp., New York box. New old stock, unused in box. The sword knot has a navy blue tip. Rare find. (F-). $68.

 

     

21479b. [sword] U.S. Coast Guard Sword with Scabbard and Case.  This is a U.S. Coast Guard dress sword complete with scabbard and case. Sword is marked “USCG” on the guard. Blade with detailed etching including “USCG” and the owner’s name “John H. Larson”. Case is lettered in white “J.H.L. USCG”. The entire set shows little age if any. The original “fish-skin” grip and wire are in excellent condition. The scabbard is in overall excellent condition. The bottom of the blade is marked: "Armed Forces Equipment...Meyer / New York....Trade Mark Conqueror...N.S. Meyer Inc...Stainless...West Germany.". Included is a small brass circle marked “proved". The pommel has an eagle with thirteen stars. The sword also comes with a sword knot, this one has a black tip. The fittings appear to be cast brass with 24 carat gold plating. The sword is in great condition with only some minor tarnish on the fittings. The blade itself is in excellent condition with no pits. The carrying case has some scuff marks here and there. Blade length 28” to guard. (F-). $325.

 

13132. Padded Leather Coast Guard Sword-Saber Carrying Case c.1920’s – 1940’s. Vintage felt padded calf leather case measures 37 ½” overall for protecting and carrying the regulation U.S. Coast Guard officer’s sword. Case is nicely marked “T.G.M.” “U.S.C.G.” on the cover flap. Cover flap was closed with two leather straps and buckles. Straps have broken but could be replaced. Otherwise in good condition. With restoration would be good case for your period sword. Difficult to find. (G+). $135.

 

28319. Peterson, Harold L., THE AMERICAN SWORD 1775 – 1945  – A survey of the Swords Worn by the Uniformed Forces of the United States from the Revolution to the close of World War II. Dover. 2003. Soft wraps. A complete classification and description of all the major types of swords worn by the armed forces of the United States , the Revenue Cutter Service the Public Health Service, cadets, diplomat. Includes a directory of 400 American sword makers, the evolution of scabbards, sword nomenclature, silver hilted and presentation swords, and a complete classification and description of all of the major types of swords worn by the services, dealers and inspectors. Enhanced with more than 400 illustrations of swords from rare documents, plus much more. Includes 186 halftones of swords, b/w plates and drawings. Original blue cloth with silver stamping and vignette on front cover. An excellent reference. (M).  Please inquire for price.

 

27403. (set) Set 6 Early United States Merchant Marine Cadet Uniform Buttons. c.1930’s. Rare, original set of six uniform coat measure 23mm (7/8”), Type GO-26B. Buttons are 2-piece with rope border and rope circle, with anchor and two stars. Backmarked S. Appel & Co., New York. Nice lot, difficult to find. (VG+). $44.

27404. Early United States Maritime Service Uniform Button. Rare, earlier style uniform coat button measures 23mm (7/8”), Type GO-24A. Button is 2-piece with rope border, with inscription encircling center. Backmarked American Emblem Co, Utica, NY.Difficult to find. (VG+).               $10.

 

      

28255. (uniform buttons). Miscellaneous uniform buttons $5 each.

e.        Capital dome in Washington D.C. no backmark. (bottom row 3rd at right)

 

2813. (pin) U.S. Coast Guard Honorable Discharge Pin. Blue cloisonné ½” with pin back. $10.

 

  

Federal Agencies Uniform Buttons - Air Transport Command, Army Specialist Corp, US Park Police, US Border Patrol, Panama Zone Police, US Immigration Service, US Public Health Service, US Forestry Service, US Customs, Civilian Aviation Corp, US Official, US Power Squadron, US Airmail, US Life Saving Service (early style with surfboat w/2 oars), US Lighthouse Service, US Light House Establishment, US Coast Guard, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, US Indian Service, US Department of Agriculture, US Maritime Service, Different style US Maritime Service, US Post Office Department staff button picture of Horse and Rider. $10 each.  Please email for availability. 

  

25346b. Department of Commerce , United States Lighthouse Service. REGULATIONS FOR UNIFORMS IN THE LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. 1928. Wash. 1928. 12p. Original yellow wraps. Contains complete Rules and Regulations governing uniforms for masters of tenders, mates, radio operators,  clerks, quartermasters, machinists, boatswains, yeomen, firemen, seamen, stewards, cooks, mess attendants, depot keepers, and watchmen at the General Light-House Depot. Also keepers and officers of light vessels, keepers of lighthouses and more. Includes illustrations of insignia, caps, and cap devices including some late additions. Excellent reference, exceptionally rare. Original wrappers lightly toned, light wear, staple binding. (VG+). $245.

  

12267a,b. Grosvenor, Gilbert, et al. Insignia and Decorations of the U.S. Armed Forces. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, December 1, 1944. Revised Edition, Wraps, 208, profusely illus. (2,635), many in color. One of the earlier “Bibles” on the subject, contains 2,476 reproductions in color and 159 illustrations from photographs. Includes information on U.S. Army and State Guard insignia; U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard insignia; distinctive indications of women in armed forces; heroes of wartime science and mercy (including U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Maritime Service, American Red Cross, Army Transportation Service, Naval Air Transport Service (NATS), Civil Air Patrol, U.S.O., etc.); women in uniform; aircraft insignia; and Navy Motor Torpedo Boat insignia, Silver Wings, among many others. Provides complete color and b/w reproductions of all approved military insignia of the time and in use since 1913, with full notes on the design and symbols. Invaluable in identifying Coast Guard and other military insignia of the time. Invaluable reference and quite difficult to find. Clean, tight, nice copy. (VG+). $95.

21261. ed. The Earl of Sandwich . BRITISH AND FOREIGN MEDALS RELATING TO NAVAL AND MARITIME AFFAIRS. Greenwich . 1950. 468p. Stiff wraps. Extremely detailed reference listing all naval and maritime medals awarded in Great Britain and around the world including the United States from the 1600’s to the publication date. Includes British Empire , United States , Netherlands , Greece , Italy , Germany , Russia , France and more. A detailed and comprehensive listing for the researcher. (VG).  $86.

8397a. Williams, Colonel Dion. ARMY AND NAVY UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA How to know Rank, Corps and Service in the Military and Naval Forces of the United States and Foreign Countries. New York. 1918. 302p. 12MO. One of the earlier and most complete references on the subject by a well known authority, profusely illustrated. Includes uniforms of the Coast Guard and Lighthouse Service, and some Congressional life-saving medals. Clean, tight, only light wear. Quite rare, and one of the few that includes the Lighthouse Service. (VG). $118 net.

29261. Borch, Fred L. and Charles P. McDowell. Sea Service Medals – Military Awards and Decorations of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Annapolis. 2009. 184p. DJ. Sea Service Medals is the first and only complete historical examination of all the personal awards, decorations and medals that may be awarded to Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel for heroism, achievement and service. As a comprehensive history of all awards and decorations of the United States' three sea services, this book serves as a valuable guide to the rich traditions of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. It provides little-known historical information on the background and development of each award and decoration, along with details of its design and award criteria. The decorations examined include well-known awards for combat heroism such as the Navy Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, and the Silver Star. Non-combat heroism awards such as the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and Coast Guard Medal are also discussed. All decorations and medals for achievement and service are examined, ranging from the Navy and Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal to the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon. Fifty full color photographs of sea service awards, including illustrations of never-before-published rare Navy Medals of Honor, provide context for this unique history. (M). $34.95. Our Price $31.46. 

1019. Foster, Colonel Frank C. and Lawrence H. Borts. Military Medals of the United States. Fountain Inn. 2010. 192p. Soft wraps. Military Medals of the United States, here in its seventh edition, is an authoritative reference work on the subject. Included are complete criteria for every Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine award since 1939. All decorations, service medals, and ribbons shown in b/w or full-color and accompanied by dates and campaigns as well as detailed descriptions on proper wear and display. The many illustrations make this book a truly beautiful reference work. The book also contains detailed information about the various devices worn on each ribbon, guides to the proper wear of medals and ribbons on the uniform, and much more. There is even a special section on United Nations mission medals. Included are: Criteria for all medals listed in full detail with dates and campaigns; Superb front and back color pictures of all U.S. Military decorations, service medals, marksmanship medals and ribbons, plus commonly awarded foreign medals; Separate color ribbon display in correct order of precedence for Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine awards since 1939; Complete chapter on devices for awards and ribbons – cross referenced with medals; Complete section on wear and display of U.S. Military Medals for all branches; Valuable section on how to claim your medals from the government. (M). $24.95.

  

1289a-J. [full page plate] Military Uniforms in America. The Company of Military Historians. 1976.  Full color, full page plate details the various uniforms and equipment used by various military organizations. The Company of Military Historians has published a continuing series of articles and military prints, Military Uniforms in America , for many years. These full color prints are executed by different member artists to illustrate military dress relating to the American scene. As far as possible, the plates show items of material culture never illustrated before or not accurately depicted in the past. They are a unique form of reference. With over 800 plates completed to date, this continuing series represents the single most comprehensive documentation available on the subject. Excellent color plates include: 

35th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry Regiment ("Cladak Zouaves"), 1863-1865--Plate No. 434; 

The Civil Guard in Cuba 1895-1898 (Governor General's Bodyguard)--Plate No. 435; 

R.O.T.C. Unit, Oregon State College, 1941--Plate No. 436; 

Dress Uniforms, 4th U.S. Artillery Enlisted Men and Company Grade Officers, Heavy Batteries 1872-1881--Plate No. 438; 

Maryland Guard Battalion 53rd regiment Infantry, Maryland Militia 1860-1861--Plate No. 439; 

French Corps of Cavalry, Canada, 1759-1760--Plate No. 441; 

The Second Rhode Island regiment of the Continental Line, 1775-1777--Plate No. 442; 

 Signal Corps, United States Army, Full Dress, 1891-1902--Plate No. 443; 

American Expeditionary Forces, North Russia Archangel Contingent, 1918-1919--Plate No. 444; 

Excellent for framing, difficult to find. Clean, crisp. (F-). $4.50each.

 

  

10430. (catalogue) Lighthouse Uniform Company. Catalogue of Approved U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Uniforms & Accessories. 1971. 68p. Soft wraps.  Detailed lengthy catalogue contains information on all types of uniforms and insignia worn by Coast Guard Auxiliary including sleeve devices, hat devices, sleeve stripes, collar pins as well as service ribbons and medals. Includes 1971 price list (only $69.95 for a complete dress blue uniform). (VG+). $32.

23146d. Canney, Donald L. and Barbara Voulgaris, UNIFORMS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD. Wash. U. S. Coast Guard. 1990. 22p. Soft wraps. An important research text discusses the uniforms worn by the Revenue Cutter Service, Coast Guard, Lighthouse Service and Life Saving Service throughout their history. Well illustrated with 20 vintage photographs. A must for the researcher. (VG+). $44.

      

29347c. Perrenot, Preston B. United States Coast Guard Grade Insignia Since 1834. 152p. 2011. Completely revised in 2011. A detailed examination, in color plates and textual explanation, of the grade insignia wornn by line officers, engineering officers, warrant officers, enlisted personnel, and cadets of the United States Coast Guard and Revenue Cutter Service since 1834. Also included are the Coast Guard warrant officer specialty marks, enlisted rating insignia, as well as grade insignia of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. In this edition has been added the grade insignia of the USCG staff officers, the SPARS, the U.S. Lighthouse Service and information on the U.S. Life-Saving Service. Available in printed soft cover ($46) or in PDF format on CD ($16). 

 

1411. Petersen, Gordon A. J. and Lieut. Robert H. Rankin. A Guide to U. S. Navy Insignia Including U.S. Marine Corps and Coast Guard with Flags and Decorations. Whitman Pub Co. Racine, Wisc. 1942. 62 pages with over 180 color illustrations. Good early reference, filled with illustrations. Includes a bit of the history, Line of Rank, specialty and distinguishing marks, special insignia, caps, devices of rank, and more.  Small oblong with glossy gray stiff covers. Some corner and spine wear. (VG-). $38.

1084. Petersen, Gordon A. J. and Lieut. Robert H. Rankin. A Guide to U. S. Navy Insignia Including U.S. Marine Corps and Coast Guard with Flags and Decorations. Whitman Pub Co. Racine, Wisc. 1942. 62 pages with over 180 color illustrations. Good early reference, filled with illustrations. Includes a bit of the history, Line of Rank, specialty and distinguishing marks, special insignia, caps, devices of rank, and more.  Small oblong with glossy gray stiff covers. Some corner wear. (VG-). $38.

1289J. (military uniforms and equipment) The Company of Military Historians. (3 issues) Fall 1973, Fall 1974, Spring 1976. The Company of Military Historians has published a continuing series of articles and military prints , Military Uniforms in America , for many years. These b/w or full color prints are executed by different member artists to illustrate military dress relating to the American scene. As far as possible, the plates show items of material culture never illustrated before or not accurately depicted in the past. They are a unique form of reference. With over 800 plates completed to date, this continuing series represents the single most comprehensive documentation available on the subject. Volumes include a selection of excellent articles and drawings, well researched and filled with information. Articles include Uniforms in Connecticut 1784-1820, 1841 New York Militia Staff Coat, Revolutionary War Period Cocked Hat, buttons, Uniform of the Indian Scouts, Dirigible Balloon #1, Lost Cannon of Crown Point, Civil War Field Desk, Pennsylvania Uniforms, Fakes and Fakers, Doughboy’s Pack, and more. Clean, tight, only light wear and toning to wraps. 3 issues. (VG). $26.

2217. Department of Commerce. Lighthouse Service. INSTRUCTIONS TO LIGHT KEEPERS. Wash. GPO. c.1911. (2013) 29 p. Nicely done reprint. Includes general instructions for all employees, instructions for Light-Keepers, instructions to all stations and vessels equipped with fog signals, instructions relating to light vessels, and much more. Includes many aspects of station and apparatus maintenance. A good beginning reference. (M). $9.95.

These Important References still available…

6598. Albert, Alphaeus H., RECORD OF AMERICAN UNIFORM AND HISTORICAL BUTTONS Bicentennial Edition. 1976. 511p. This reference continues to be the "bible" of uniform button collecting. In this extensively researched work, the author includes histories, descriptions and ‘rarity’ values of buttons from the Continental US, to the War of 1812, to Civil War and post-Civil War and includes all styles of buttons used by the U. S. Revenue Cutter Service, Life-Saving Service, Lighthouse Establishment and Service and Coast Guard. Also includes Confederate, GAR, political campaign and other naval and military buttons. A MUST for collectors and historians. Hard bound, high quality with literally thousands of photographs. Becoming most difficult to find as it is now out of print. (M). $58.

994. McGuinn, William F. and Bruce S. Bazelon. AMERICAN MILITARY BUTTON MAKERS AND DEALERS; THEIR BACKMARKS & DATES. Fredericksburg. 1996. 135p. This is a comprehensive study that is an invaluable tool in identifying buttons and what period they were manufactured. With this and Albert’s book Record Of American Uniform And Historical Buttons, you are well equipped to properly identify buttons and determine what period they were manufactured. With hundreds of photographs and details of back-marks (lettering and symbols on the obverse of buttons) one can determine the date and location of manufacture, wonderful for dating your U. S. Revenue Cutter Service, Life-Saving Service, Lighthouse Establishment and Service and Coast Guard buttons. This is a comprehensive discussion and listing of all makers and suppliers of American military buttons covering the period from ca. 1790 to ca. 1945. A MUST for collectors and historians. Hard bound, high quality with literally hundreds of photographs. (M). $46.

20102. Lord, Francis A. and Arthur Wise. UNIFORMS OF THE CIVIL WAR. Cranbury , NJ . 1970. 174p. Soft wraps. Tells the fascinating story of what American soldier wore during the Civil War. Throughout the war there were thousands of units in both armies, many with their own distinctive uniforms. In addition to the Army of the United States , the U. S. Militia, Navy and Marine Corps and special units, the Confederate Army, Navy and marine Corps is covered as well. Allso, a chapter is devoted to prisoners, Bushwackers, Deserters and Veterans and another is concerned with supply allowances and issue of uniforms. An extensive appendix including names of suppliers and patents issued is included. Also includes Deck Officers and Engineers of the U. S. Revenue Cutter Service. Clean, tight, good copy. (VG).  $38.

7439. Britton, Jack. UNIFORM INSIGNIA OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY FORCES. Tulsa , Oklahoma . 1981. 58p. Stiff wraps. Includes illustrations of cap badges, rank insignia, badges, wings, etc for the Coast Guard, Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps. And Civil Air Patrol. (M).  $48 net.  

21413. Hickox, Ron G. , U.S. MILITARY EDGED WEAPONS OF THE SECOND SEMINOLE WAR 1835-1842. 1984. 1st. 102p. Soft wraps. The book is divided into three sections; The Second Seminole War, New Weapons & Arms Makers, Swords & Bayonets Of The U.S. Army & State Militia, Edged Weapons Of The U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, & Revenue Cutter Service. Subjects covered include War in Florida, New Weapons, Edged Weapons Manufacturers and Military Goods Dealers, Foot Artillery Swords, Model 1832, Dragoon Enlisted Man's Saver, Model 1833, Dragoon Officer's Saber, Model 1833, Non-Commissioned Officers' Swords, Starr Model 1818, General & Staff Officers' Sword, Model 1832, Infantry & Artillery Officers' Swords, Medical & Pay Department Swords, Corps of Engineers & Topographical Engineers' Swords, Musket, Rifle and Carbine Bayonets, Militia & Volunteer Swords, Starry Naval Cutlass, Model 1826, Naval Officers' Swords, Marine Corps Officers' Swords, Revenue Cutter Service Swords, Pikes and Axes, Naval Dirks, and Naval Surgeons' Swords, Sword Nomenclature, Edged Weapons Procured from Europe by the U.S. Ordnance Department, 1832-1841, and more. (VG+). $48.  

8425. Campbell, J. Duncan and Edgar M. Howell. AMERICAN MILITARY INSIGNIA 1800 – 1851. Smithsonian Institution, Washington , DC . 1963. 124p. Stiff wraps. A most comprehensive history and listing of early insignia of the Militia, Army and Corps of Topographic Engineers of the United States that was prescribed during the period 1800 – 1851. This is an important reference and is a must for the serious collector. Included are cap and helmet devices, and shoulder-belt and waist-belt plates [buckles]. Well illustrated with over 276 photographs. A fine and important reference. Ex. Lib. (VG). $48.  

9164. na. ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE OF ARMS AND MILITARY GOODS: CONTAINING REGULATIONS FOR THE UNIFORM OF THE ARMY, NAVY, MARINE AND REVENUE CORPS OF THE UNITED STATES. Schuyler, Hartley & Graham Company. New York . 1864. [Reprint of 1961]. 160p. DJ. The original illustrated catalogue used for this reprinting was one of the very few left in existence. The catalogue has become a priceless source for American military uniform information, particularly of the Civil War era. In addition to hundreds of full page plates and illustrations, included are the uniform regulations for the Army, table of pay, uniform regulations for the Navy, Marine Corps, and most interesting is the Uniform and Dress of the U. S. Revenue Cutter Service. Superb illustrations include all manor of swords and sabers, belts, hats and caps, ornaments, officer shoulder straps, embroidered ornaments, trimmings, buttons, spurs, arms and ammunition, field glasses, and more. A splendid reference, particularly for Army and Navy. Clean, tight. (VG).   $98.

8341LL,mm,nn. [2-handled bouillon cup] United States Coast Guard. Scarce original early United States Coast Guard 2-handled bouillon cup manufactured in the early years of the Twentieth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms and at some ‘stag’ stations. Of heavy white institutional type china. With little wear, free of any cracks or major defects. Pattern includes one brown stripe around the perimeter bordered by two thin turquoise stripes. Within the stripe are the United States Coast Guard emblem with brown crossed anchors surrounding Coast Guard shield. Bottom labeled "Walker China Vitrified Bedford Ohio 1953". Most unusual cup 3 ¾" diameter, 5 ¾" handle to handle, 2 ¼" high. (VG+). $78 net.

22293. Wessling, R. M. [LCDR, USCG Ret.] PATCHES OF THE U. S. COAST GUARD – An Illustrated Register. Vol. 3 [SAR, LE & ATON Shore Units, Stations, LEDETs & ANT Teams. Durham. 1998. 230 pp. Spiral bound. Signed by the author. A sought after collector’s reference, includes over 500 patches related to Coast Guard SAR, LE and ATON shore units. This includes stations, groups, law enforcement detachments (LEDETs), tactical law enforcement teams (TACLETs), light stations, aids to navigation teams (ANTs), and boating safety teams (BOSEDTs). Though probably not complete, this important aid to collectors includes most patches used from the mid 1980’s [few if any were used before that date] to 1997. Completely illustrated with descriptions and specifications. (M). $84.

B-278. U. S. Coast Guard Academy Ensign hat. White cotton type cap with black mohair band and hat device with Coast Guard insignia on crossed anchors. c. 1985. Described in Coast Guard Uniform Regulations as: “White above band of lustrous black mohair braid 1 ¼” wide; visor of patent leather; bound with same, black underneath , to slope down at an angle of 45 from the horizontal; gilded chin strap, fastened at sides with two small Coast Guard buttons. The crown to be  from 1 inch to 1 ¼ inches greater in diameter than the band and to be stiffened….” Hat by Bernard ‘Snap Cap’, size 7 1/8. Included is the new Ensign’s ticket for his May 22, 1985 Commencement at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Ct. Also includes Academy undergraduate hat band with fouled anchor and one silver star. Quite a nice example of a new Ensign’s hat. (VG+).  $36 net.

1382. Warner, Jeff. Volume 6: Weapons, Equipment, Insignia: Submarine Service, PT Boats, Coast Guard, other Sea Services. Schiffer. 2008. 341. DJ. Like its predecessors in the series, this book is an epic chronicle of previously unpublished topics, including the uniforms and equipment of the submarine force, PT boat squadrons, mine warfare men, gun crews, signalmen, and more. In addition, never-before addressed subjects including the U.S. Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, Public Health Service, Coast and Geodetic Survey and the Samoan Fita-Fita are examined. Clothing, accoutrements, insignia, small arms, knives, life jackets, novelty items and sweetheart jewelry are all covered. Thoroughly illustrated with over 1,100 fine color and b/w photos and original archival images. (M). $79.95.

1383. Field, Ron. Blue Jackets: Uniforms of the United States Navy in the Civil War Period 1852-1865. Schiffer. 2010. 336. DJ. This long-awaited book fills a gap in knowledge of the uniform clothing, headgear, equipage, and weapons of the United States Navy during the Civil War period. Based on original accounts from official documents, newspapers, diaries, letters, and other primary sources, the well-written text is accompanied by a wealth of period images of navy personnel, many of which are identified and published for the first time. Numerous photographs of surviving articles of clothing and artifacts throw further light on life in a blockading fleet or on the High Seas from 1852 through 1865. Thoroughly illustrated with hundreds of fine color and b/w photos and original archival images. (M). $79.95.

1384. Werner, Bert. Uniforms, Equipment and Weapons of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. Schiffer. 2006. 326. DJ. Uniforms, Equipment and Weapons of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I is a detailed look at the uniforms, equipment, weapons, personal items, insignia, and specialist equipment of the American Army during the Great War. This comprehensive study uses over 100 original black and white photographs of American soldiers, many of which are previously unpublished. The book also shows over 700 full color photographs of original items as well as recreated scenes that bring many of these items to life. Finally, one book that covers all of the nuances of the American Doughboy during the Great War – from common uniforms and equipment, to the rare experimental and private purchased items. This is an indispensable work for any First World War collector, living historian, modeler, and enthusiast. (M). $79.95.

 

  

2282. Julian, R.W. MEDALS OF THE UNITED STATES MINT, THE FIRST CENTURY, 1792-1892. El Cajon, Ca: The Token and Medal Society, Inc. 1977 Cloth. No Dust Jacket Issued. First Edition. Quarto. 424 p., heavily illustrated. This is the essential reference for collectors of United States Mint Medals struck during the period. The work describes and illustrates United States Life Saving Medals, Massachusetts Humane Society, Shipwreck commemorative medals, Military & Naval Medals, Mint and Treasury Medals, Assay Commission pieces, Indian Peace Medals, Bache Coast Survey medal, Presidential Medals, Personal Medals, Commemorative Medals, School Medals, Agriculture, Mechanical, Scientific and Professional Medals , Marksmanship Medals, Religious and Fraternal Medals, and more. Includes information on the issuance and minting of the medal type, sizes, counterfeits, rarity, background, metal content and much more. An essential reference on the subject. (M). $68 net.

22126. Loubat, J.F. THE MEDALLIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1776-1876. Flayderman; New Milford, CT; 500 p. 1967 reprint of work originally published in 1878 in an extremely limited edition. This edition is a limited one also. Based on official records and correspondence of the U.S. Gov't and Congress. Medals from 1776-1876 for singular acts of valor on land and sea are described in detail from the terms of their award to the designer, the number struck and whether in gold or silver as well as detailed information about the incident that prompted the issuance. Includes over 170 engravings in exact size by Jules Jacquemart. In addition to medals to George Washington for retaking Boston and numerous other was and presidential medals, includes Army and Navy medals of honor, Wreck of the Steamship San Francisco medal, Loss of the steamer Metis medal, First Class Life-Saving Medal, Second Class Life-Saving Medal, and more. A most interesting reference on the subject. (M). $78 net.

LG-132. [Life-Saving Medal] Extremely rare bronze medal for the saving of life, issued by the Treasury Department of the United States, Coast Survey. On September 8, 1846, Lieutenant George M. Bache and ten of his men were swept overboard from the Brig Washington during a violent hurricane; they were engaged in doing coastal survey work off the North Carolina Coast. Bache came from a prominent family and in late 1848 Professor A. D. Bache [possibly father or uncle] made arrangements with Chief Coiner Franklin Peale to have dies made to commemorate the sad event. Professor Bache ordered six silver medals struck; they were duly made and delivered to Bache prior to January 27, 1849. These six medals, suitably inscribed, were presented to the survivors. The same dies were used to strike bronze medals for sale to the public beginning in 1861, of which this is one. Obverse bears the words "For Gallantry and Humanity Dec. 1846" within a plain wreath. Reverse contains the words "The Treasury Department of the United States Coast Survey to:" in a plain field, leaving space for engraving below. The medal measures 34 mm (1 ½"). A very collectible and rare medal. (VG). $225 net.

7222. [pin] Original ornamental pin bearing the image of the Maine Seacoast Mission steamer Sunbeam. In blue on white, bears the image of the steamer with the words "Sunbeam 1939". [19 mm ¾" with pin back] (VG). $32.

#6514. [lot 7] United States Lighthouse Service Uniform Buttons. Lot of seven buttons all removed from a keeper’s coat many years ago and saved in a small box. Design is FD-24 Image of Masonry (Minot’s Ledge] Light. Five buttons are 16 mm (5/8") cuff buttons, and two buttons are 23mm (7/8") coat buttons. All are marked "Superior Quality made in England". Buttons are all intact and not damaged, but they all bear a dark surface corrosion or staining on half to full face and back. Still a nice and unusual lot from the same keeper’s uniform. Lot 7 buttons $54 net.

21261. ed. The Earl of Sandwich. BRITISH AND FOREIGN MEDALS RELATING TO NAVAL AND MARITIME AFFAIRS. Greenwich. 1950. 468p. Stiff wraps. Extremely detailed reference listing all naval and maritime medals awarded in Great Britain and around the world including the United States from the 1600’s to the publication date. Includes British Empire, United States, Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Germany, Russia, France and more. A detailed and comprehensive listing for the researcher. (VG). $86 net.

21198. Todd, Frederick P., AMERICAN MILITARY EQUIPAGE 1851-1872 VOLUME III. With original illustrations by George Woodbridge. The Company of Military Historians, Providence, RI, 1978. oversize, 8 1/2" x 11", hardcover, pages 521-719, with four color plates, vintage photographs and numerous illustrations. This volume covers Part Three - Confederate States Navy and Marine Corps, United States Navy and Marines Corps. Part Four - Armies of the States and Territories - The States Forces - Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado Territory, Connecticut. Includes information on Officers dress, warrant officers, petty officers, seaman’s dress, Revenue Marine - Revenue Cutter Service, firearms, swords, dirks, knives, pikes battle axes, accouterments, flags, 1859 uniform, insignia, small arms, colors and flags, CSA Marine Corps, state regiments of the Civil War, Order of Battle, and much more. Great reference book for collectors and historians. (M). $46.50.

These Important References still available…

6598. Albert, Alphaeus H., RECORD OF AMERICAN UNIFORM AND HISTORICAL BUTTONS Bicentennial Edition. 1976. 511p. This reference continues to be the "bible" of uniform button collecting. In this extensively researched work, the author includes histories, descriptions and ‘rarity’ values of buttons from the Continental US, to the War of 1812, to Civil War and post-Civil War and includes all styles of buttons used by the U. S. Revenue Cutter Service, Life-Saving Service, Lighthouse Establishment and Service and Coast Guard. Also includes Confederate, GAR, political campaign and other naval and military buttons. A MUST for collectors and historians. Hard bound, high quality with literally thousands of photographs. Becoming most difficult to find as it is now out of print. (M). $58.

994. McGuinn, William F. and Bruce S. Bazelon. AMERICAN MILITARY BUTTON MAKERS AND DEALERS; THEIR BACKMARKS & DATES. Fredericksburg. 1996. 135p. This is a comprehensive study that is an invaluable tool in identifying buttons and what period they were manufactured. With this and Albert’s book Record Of American Uniform And Historical Buttons, you are well equipped to properly identify buttons and determine what period they were manufactured. With hundreds of photographs and details of back-marks (lettering and symbols on the obverse of buttons) one can determine the date and location of manufacture, wonderful for dating your U. S. Revenue Cutter Service, Life-Saving Service, Lighthouse Establishment and Service and Coast Guard buttons. This is a comprehensive discussion and listing of all makers and suppliers of American military buttons covering the period from ca. 1790 to ca. 1945. A MUST for collectors and historians. Hard bound, high quality with literally hundreds of photographs. (M). $46.

8131b,c. Tice, Warren. UNIFORM BUTTONS OF THE UNITED STATES 1776-1865. 1998. 520p. 8VO. Stiff wraps. Over 3,500 illustrations. Uniform Buttons of the United States introduces the reader to comprehensive information about military buttons in one volume. Using new and innovative classifications system which categorizes buttons by period as well as device, Mr. Tice contributes significantly to our understanding of American military buttons. Encyclopedic in scope, this book interrelates diverse topics such as manufacturing processes, the history of manufacturing companies, known and recently discovered button patterns, and a history of Federal, Confederate, and militia units who were the customers for these buttons. Includes additional information including dating buttons of the U. S. Revenue Cutter Service. A must for the collector. Now out of print - extremely difficult to find. (M). $189. 

7439. Britton, Jack. UNIFORM INSIGNIA OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY FORCES. Tulsa, Oklahoma. 1981. 58p. Stiff wraps. Includes illustrations of cap badges, rank insignia, badges, wings, etc for the Coast Guard, Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps. And Civil Air Patrol. (M). $48 net.

8397a,b. Williams, Colonel Dion. ARMY AND NAVY UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA How to know Rank, Corps and Service in the Military and Naval Forces of the United States and Foreign Countries. New York. 1918. 302p. 12MO. One of the earlier and most complete references on the subject by a well known authority, profusely illustrated. Includes uniforms of the Coast Guard and Lighthouse Service, and some Congressional life-saving medals. Clean, tight, only light wear. Quite rare, and one of the few that includes the Lighthouse Service. (VG). $158.

2985. Olson, Lorraine. OLD BUTTONS and THEIR VALUES. Chicago. 1940. 3rd. 111p. Early primer on the subject includes classifications, appraising, dating, early button factories, etc. A bit crude but a good beginner on the subject. With a number or tipped in articles on the subject, some hand-written notes. Overall clean, intact but shaken, some toning. (G+). $10.

20518. Krietemeyer, Capt. George E., THE COAST GUARDSMAN’S MANUAL. Annapolis. 2000. Ninth edition. 708p. Soft wraps. The standard manual for enlistees of the Coast Guard, this is the latest edition. Regardless of rank or time in service, all Coast Guard personnel find this manual to be essential to their professional development. Now illustrated with 708 updated photos, 66 line drawings and 7 maps, this latest edition brings the reader into the twenty-first century. A training manual for recruits and a reference book for other Coast Guard personnel. (M). $21.95.

20285. [copy] Putnam, George. DISTRICT CIRCULAR LETTERS. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Lighthouses. c.1914-1932. 102p. Wonderful collection of District Circular Letters issued by Commissioner Putnam, and later by Superintendents Park and Sherman offering a wonderful insight into the day to day operations of the Lighthouse Service and into the bureaucracy that prevails in Government offices. Subjects range from the economical use of paper [a gem in itself], vaccinations for crews of light vessels, mine planting by Lighthouse Tenders during the First World War, flag regulations, lighthouse tender equipment, uniform regulations, erosion at light stations, use of boats at light stations, squatters on lighthouse reservations, radio operation, care and painting of buoys, leave on lightships, and much more. (Spiral bound photocopy $22.)

20121. [uniform button] Great Britain, Northern Lighthouse Board. Most interesting 2-piece uniform button of the Northern Lighthouse Board, Great Britain. Brass button depicts a large offshore masonry lighthouse, flanked by a bell buoy and a spar buoy, encircled by the words "In Salutem Omnium, Northern Lighthouses". Backmarked " G & H Bullivant, Birmingham". 24mm [7/8"]. Only lightly worn, in very nice condition. A most interesting collectors’ item. (VG). 2 available. $36 each.

770. na. INSIGNIA AND DECORATIONS OF THE U. S. ARMED FORCES. National Geographic Society. June 1943. 72p. Full issue, soft wraps. With over 991 color illustrations and additional photographs of uniforms and insignia of the U. S. Armed Forces including Coast Guard, Army, Navy and Air Corps. Includes medals, marks, uniform insignia, aircraft insignia, and much more. A complete preliminary reference of the era. (VG). $18.

8360.. [commemorative life-saving medal] Bronze U. S. Mint medal for the saving of life at the wreck of the steamship San Francisco in December 1853. Fine large bronze medal bears 39 stars and "JULY 26, 1866" surrounding a vignette of a man and woman on a raft watching help coming from a distance. "Paquet F." on the raft edge. The reverse shows America, with an eagle at her side and the capitol building in the background, placing a wreath on the head of a sailor, the whole surrounded by "BY JOINT RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS TO THE RESCUERS OF THE PASSENGERS OFFICERS AND MEN OF STEAMSHIP SAN FRANCISCO WRECKED DEC. 1853 TESTIMONIAL OF NATIONAL GRATITUDE FOR HIS GALLANT CONDUCT" with a space for the engraving of a name. "Paquet F." at lower right. Size 82mm (3 3/16"). Gold medals were first struck in 1868 and the bronze were put on public sale in February of 1875, to commemorate the rescues. On board the San Francisco when she went down were 8 companies of 3rd US Artillerymen, commanded by John M. Washington, a cousin to George Washington. Three hundred lives were lost. (VG). $440 net.

8425. Campbell, J. Duncan and Edgar M. Howell. AMERICAN MILITARY INSIGNIA 1800 – 1851. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. 1963. 124p. Stiff wraps. A most comprehensive history and listing of early insignia of the Militia, Army and Corps of Topographic Engineers of the United States that was prescribed during the period 1800 – 1851. This is an important reference and is a must for the serious collector. Included are cap and helmet devices, and shoulder-belt and waist-belt plates [buckles]. Well illustrated with over 276 photographs. A fine and important reference. Ex. Lib. (VG). $48.

Early Coast Guard Uniform Buttons

Rare, original uniform coat buttons are available in different styles as described below.

#728j. Coast Guard. 2-piece with border and rope circle, eagle facing left (pre 1941), standing on the
stock of foul anchor [similar to late Revenue Cutter Service, without initials "R.C.S.] (FD 14A *)
20 mm (3/4") "Supreme Quality" $32.

#728c. Coast Guard. 2-piece with border and rope circle, eagle facing left (pre 1941), standing on the
stock of foul anchor [similar to late Revenue Cutter Service, without initials "R.C.S.] (FD 14 *)
20 mm (1") "Superior Quality" $28.

#728d. Coast Guard. 2-piece with border and rope circle, eagle facing left (pre 1941), standing on the stock of foul anchor [similar to late Revenue Cutter Service, without initials "R.C.S.] (FD 14 *) 14 mm (9/16") "Superior Quality" $28.

#728e,f. Coast Guard. 2-piece with border and rope circle, eagle facing left (pre 1941), standing on the stock of foul anchor [similar to late Revenue Cutter Service, without initials "R.C.S.] (FD 14 *) 15 mm (9/16") "Extra Quality" $28.

#728g,h. Coast Guard. 2-piece with border and rope circle, eagle facing left (pre 1941), standing on the stock of foul anchor [similar to late Revenue Cutter Service, without initials "R.C.S.] (FD 14 *) 16 mm (5/8") "Extra Quality" $28.

#727. United States Customs Service

w. Customs Service. 2-piece with border and rope edging. Removable shell with sliding plate for fastening over civilian button. (FD 27*) 17mm (11/16") [not marked] $28.

11341. Sherrard, Raymond H. (Special Agent, Ret., U.S. Treasury Department). The Encyclopedia of Federal Law Enforcement Patches. Garden Grove. 2000. 232p. Soft wraps. Thoroughly illustrated with thousands of color photographs. The long awaited book by the Dean of U.S. Federal Police Emblem collectors,  is the definitive collector's guide to 4212 federal patches. The author’s comprehensive book covers all federal agencies, combining Federal Law Enforcement Patches Volumes I and II (out of print) with additional new patches into one large reference volume. Full color throughout. This book can help you avoid reproduction patches, and know what patches you need. All of the patches in this book are numbered, and will assit you in identifying the patches you are trading for. Chapters include: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce NOAA NMFS, Central Intelligence Agency CIA, National Security Agency NSA, Department of Defense DOD, Department of Education, Department of Energy DOE, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, Federal Law Enforcement Associations, FDA / HHS / SSA / HUD / OPM, Department of the Interior, Department of Justice DOJ, Drug Enforcement Administration DEA, Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI, United States Border Patrol, Immigration and Naturalization Service INS, United States Marshal Service USMS, Department of Labor, United States Postal Service USPS / USPIS, Department of State, Interpol / United Nations / USIA, Department of Transportation DOT, Amtrak, United States Coast Guard USCG, Federal Aviation Administration FAA, Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms ATF, United State Customs Service USCS, Internal Revenue Service IRS, United States Secret Service USSS, Judicial Branch / Federal Courts, Veterans Administration / Department of Veterans Affairs VA, Legislative Branch / United States Congress, Independent and Quasi-Federal Agencies, National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA, National Science Foundation, Tennessee Valley Authority TVA, U.S. Trusts, Territories, and Possessions. (M). $39.95. 

11340. Sherrard, Raymond H. (Special Agent, Ret., U.S. Treasury Department), Keith D. Bushey and Jacob A. Bushey. The Centurions’ Shield. Garden Grove. 1996. 320p. Soft wraps. Profusely illustrated with hundreds of photographs, (some in color), appendices, biblio., index. This book is THE definitive, LAPD-authorized and comprehensively-researched history of arguably what is the world's most famous law enforcement organization. Included is a comprehensive pictorial guide to the hundreds of badges, patches and other insignia of the LAPD as well as other City of L.A. departments, many of them shown in full-color. Included are the Jack Webb/Dragnet years; rare badge hallmarks, Reel Cops (the LAPD in TV and film), career info, collecting tips, and much, much more! A must-have reference for all law enforcement personnel, researchers and collectors! Well done! (M). $29.95.

 

Reproduction U. S. Lighthouse Service Efficiency Pins  

The 1912 report of the Bureau of Lighthouses to Congress stated, in part, “To promote efficiency and friendly rivalry among lighthouse keepers, a system of efficiency stars and pennants has been established.  To this end a system of efficiency stars and pennants was established. Keepers who were commended for efficiency at each quarterly inspection during the year were entitled to wear the Inspector’s star (red enamel on gold) for the next year. Those who received the Inspector’s star for three successive years were entitled to wear the Commissioner’s star (blue enamel on silver).

 We now offer exact reproductions of the Inspector’s and Commissioner’s stars. The inspector’s star is red enamel on brass, and measures 1 1/8” inches in diameter (#2511a). The Commissioner’s star is the same size but is blue enamel on brass (#2511b). Each just $8.95.  

2383. Reproduction U. S. Life-Saving Service right arm insignia patch. Insignia shows “ U.S. ” over life ring with crossed pike and oar, over “L.S.S.” Reproduction patch is embroidered in white on black, measures 2 ½” x 4” and would be perfect for display or for mounting on your uniform. (M). $18.

 

Reproduction U. S. Lighthouse Service Insignia

Keeper's collar "K" $7.95 each. Standard quality. (2 required) or:

Keeper's collar "K" $24.95 each. Extra quality, made in USA (2 required)

Keeper's collar "1" $7.95 each. Standard quality. (2 required)

Keeper's collar "2" $7.95 each. Standard quality. (2 required)

Keeper's embroidered hat insignia $9.95. Standard quality, or:

Keeper's high quality US made embroidered hat insignia $45

Waterbury LHS style button large 1" $2.95 ea

Waterbury LHS style button small 1/2" $2.45 ea

Years of Service hash marks (left sleeve) $6.50 each (1 for each five years service - 1-4 needed) , or

25 years of service gold star $14

Complete reproduction uniforms available - summer (white) and winter (blue) including coat, pants, vest, overcoat, hat, shirt, belt, etc - Please inquire.

 

Photocopies

Photocopies of the below documents are available. Many of the larger document copies are spiral bound:

2087. Horstman Bros. & Company. PRICE LIST NEW REGULATION U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE SERVICE EQUIPMENTS. Philadelphia. nd. c.1880. 8p. Not illustrated. Extremely rare pamphlet lists in some detail all articles necessary for the equipment of officers and men of the U. S. Light-House Service that are manufactured by the company. Included are caps, hats and helmets, trimmed and untrimmed, for Keepers and Assistants of Light-Houses, for Officers of Light-Vessels and Tenders, for Firemen and Seamen of Light-Vessels and Tenders and for Watchmen at the General Light-House Depot. Also includes cap ornaments, cords or chin straps, ribbons and bands. In addition, includes lapel or collar ornaments, sleeve ornaments, buttons, laces, blue flannel, belts and batons[for watchmen at the General Light-House Depot]. (Photocopy $5.]

8521. Treasury Department, United States Light-House Establishment. REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE UNIFORMS FOR OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE LIGHT-HOUSE SERVICE. 1893. Wash. 1893. 14p. Contains complete Rules and Regulations governing uniforms for masters of tenders, mates and other rates, keepers and officers of light vessels, keepers of lighthouses and for watchmen at the General Light-House Depot. Includes illustrations of insignia and measuring and order forms. Rare. (Photocopy $2.80).

8520. Department of Commerce, United States Lighthouse Service. REGULATIONS FOR UNIFORMS IN THE LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. 1920. Wash. 1920. 12p. Contains complete Rules and Regulations governing uniforms for masters of tenders, mates and other rates, keepers and officers of light vessels, keepers of lighthouses and for watchmen at the General Light-House Depot. Includes illustrations of insignia and measuring and order forms. Rare. (Photocopy $2.40).

25346. Department of Commerce , United States Lighthouse Service. REGULATIONS FOR UNIFORMS IN THE LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. 1928. Wash. 1928. 12p. Contains complete Rules and Regulations governing uniforms for masters of tenders, mates and other rates, keepers and officers of light vessels, keepers of lighthouses and for watchmen at the General Light-House Depot. Includes illustrations of insignia including some late additions. (Photocopy $3.40).

6265. Williams, Colonel Dion. UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA OF THE U. S. COAST GUARD, U. S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE, U. S. PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE 1918. nd. c.1970. 40p. Facsimile of some of the earlier uniform regulations, well illustrated. Includes uniforms of the Coast Guard and Lighthouse Service. (VG). $8.

C8151. REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE UNIFORMS FOR WARRANT OFFICERS AND ENLISTED PERSONS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD - 1916. Wash. GPO. 1916. 27p. with 2 plates. Includes regulations governing all parts of the uniform for warrant officers and enlisted personnel. These regulations supersede those prescribed for warrant officers and enlisted personnel of the former Revenue Cutter Service and the Life-Saving Service. Includes 2 paged typed amendment regarding cap and buttons, dated June 1, 1915. With plates of collar devices and ratings. (Photocopy $7.80).

9126. REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE UNIFORMS FOR COMMISSIONED AND WARRANT OFFICERS AND ENLISTED PERSONS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD - 1930. Wash. GPO. 1930. 131p. with 1 plate. Includes regulations governing all parts of the uniform for commissioned and warrant officers and enlisted personnel. These detailed regulations include all manor of items including coats, hats, trousers, belts, insignia, buttons, badges, neckware, decorations, outfits, bedding, shoes and much more. An excellent, detailed reference. (Photocopy $26.20).

21165. Treasury Department, United States Revenue Marine. REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE UNIFORMS OF OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE UNITED STATES REVENUE MARINE. Wash. 1891. 30p. 4TO. Contains complete Rules and Regulations governing uniforms for the officers and men including full dress, dress, undress and service dress uniforms. In addition to complete uniform rules, includes 40 diagramed plates on 16 pages detailing overall uniforms, epaulets, hat styles, buckle, ratings and insignia, sword, and much more. Extremely rare in any form!. (Photocopy $12.).

21177. Racine, Frank M., NOTES ON THE MEDALS AND AWARDS OF THE MASSACHUSETTS HUMANE SOCIETY. nd. c.1977. 70p. Spiral bound. The Massachusetts Humane Society was organized in 1787 and is generally considered to be the predecessor to the U. S. Life-Saving Service. Many of the society’s manuscript records were destroyed in the Boston Fire of 1872, making any information quite scarce and desirable. In addition, information on awards and medals awarded by the Society is extremely scarce. This manuscript written some years ago by Mr. Racine touches this subject as none before have done. Medals in various designs have been issued by the Society since 1789 but numerous questions persist as to the various designs and variations, the reasons for certain medals such as the Trustee Medals, and more. Included are the Dissertation Medals, Trustees’ Medals, the Centennial Cup, Gols Handmade Award Medals, Silver Handmade Medals, , Silverplate awards, Wyon shipwreck medals, and more. This is a most interesting look at the subject and a must for anyone interested in life-saving awards. $19.

* Identification system from: Albert, Alphaeus H., RECORD OF AMERICAN UNIFORM AND HISTORICAL BUTTONS. 1976.

 

 

Procedure to order items:

1. I suggest that you call us or email to check on availability of any item that you would like other than recent books. As items go quite quickly, please call and leave a message to reserve items that you would like. I will return your call, hold the items and await your letter or credit card information. We will also weigh the items and advise postage. 

2. You may then call or email credit card information, or forward a check in the mail.

Most items are mailed US Priority Mail or UPS. Additional information on our "Ordering Page".

Massachusetts residents must add 6.25% sales tax.

 

    This page last updated July 09, 2017 .

    Can't find what you are looking for?
    We can help you find that needed book or item.
    mailto:jclaflin@LighthouseAntiques.net

    How to reach us:
    Kenrick A. Claflin & Son Nautical Antiques
    1227 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602 

    Phone (508) 792-6627

    All text and illustrations on web site Ó James W. Claflin . 07/09/2017 All rights reserved. Use prohibited without written permission.

    Hit Counter