JustinG

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About JustinG

  • Birthday 06/01/1980

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    Kriegsmarine era Mützenband/Cap tally, Ship Wappen

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  1. I am sorry for my mistype. I was meaning that these particular boots couldn't have been proven that Frank Luke Jr. wore these during actual flights. You know they very well might be flight boots. I have seen other flight boots that were lined with sheepskin or other material to help protect against frostbite and the cold elements that would be experienced. In a Book: "Knights of the Air" By Ezra Bowen TimeLife Books Copyright 1980 Page 42,43 they discuss and show the different actual flight uniforms which mention fur lined boots and showed some great photos of German, British, Turkish, French and other flight suits and boots. This was what I was basing my initial observations. Regards, JustinG
  2. Well, the first question that one should ask regarding this kind of purchase is: What is the value to you? How would you display this? After doing a rough search, looks like they go for under 200USD. http://www.shopmilitarycollectiblesforsale.com/WWI/Wwii-Flight-Suit.html Here is some items to peruse. Some interesting fact is that Michael Eisner (Ex CEO Disney) was the grandson of this company namesake. Best regards, Justin
  3. Very nice, I have never seen the Emden example you shared. Very nice. Regards, JustinG
  4. Greetings, I didn't see a thread that covered these so I will start. here's a shot of the Cap Arcona
  5. Well, for insurance I would suggest looking to a place like Lloyd's of London. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyd's_of_London They insure quite a bit of rare items. If you can provide the proof, then this would be an option; I have no idea how much a yearly premium would be to maintain the policy. $10K is a great deal of money. I feel you will be greatly disappointed if you were to try to sell these boots on their own. Boots are a difficult thing to collect. These are not flight boots, they wouldn't have been worn during flight times and probably only a few handful of people outside of museums have a WW1 aviation flight tunic, britches, and such to showcase the complete ensemble. I was thinking to myself about if I had these boots, how would I have these displayed? How could I show the provenance that these were indeed, Frank Luke Jr. boots? It's difficult huh..... Well, that is exactly what and why it might be difficult to find a buyer who could afford and then know how to display these boots. This is just my thoughts. A museum would be a great idea. The Air force museum in Dayton is a great place, as is the Smithsonian. If you choose that path. Best Regards, JustinG
  6. Check out the pinned thread regarding member recommendations from various sites. Best Regards, JustinG
  7. Interesting photo postcard. Quite good construction as the blue cotton threads are present and plentiful. Very nice. Thanks for sharing. JustinG
  8. Hi, Welcome. I agree with your reasoning with collecting and if you buy an original piece and it is truly for your collection. Then the value is what you deemed it to be at the time of your purchase. WW1 victory medals are quite fun to collect. There are many versions that can be picked up and are not too cost prohibitive. I love looking at the strange ones like the Cuban, Japanese, Italian, victory medals. Best to you and regards, JustinG
  9. I guess how would they assess a piece to see if it is genuine or not? Is it by forums like this; are dealers or members more apt to confirm originality? Do some previous COA statements hold more weight than another? Too many variables. I salute this company for beginning to address this need, but there is too many variables and I, for one would want to clearly identify who and sources to guarantee that your pieces are indeed insured and if the unthinkable happens, when you file a claim, that it will be covered for the amount you had insured it with no offer to replace. Let us know if you accept and move forward with insuring your collection via this or any other insurance house. Best Regards, JustinG
  10. I haven't seen these before. I would be curious why they would produce cards for those who were acquitted of their crimes? (Hjalmar Schacht, Hans Fritzsche and Franz Von Pappen). It is interesting. Are they only one sided? I would love to know what the charges 1-4 all mean and what specific charge was assigned what number for these gentlemen. Interesting... JustinG
  11. I would be scared because they could offer to replace your items and buy you a lot of modern junk. Best Regards, JustinG
  12. Well, these boots are in incredible condition. The styling looks good. Obviously, these weren't worn too much. I am really amazed how well the leather has held up. Many items from this time period have some cracking, especially environments like the dry heat that Arizona is notorious for. Is this the only item you have from your great-great Uncle? If you have his uniform and awards, even if you weren't to sell them, this would increase the price as the connection to one of the great Air Aces for America would command. Just out of curiosity, what kind of price were you thinking might be a range you had thought of? Regards, JustinG
  13. Hi Timothy. I guess it depends on what the purpose is of having it appraised: Insurance, Possible sale, just curiosity? Condition as well as size, if there are any laundry/maker marks will greatly determine this. Flying boots don't often come up. If it is curiosity or for a possible sale, you could ask and see what other forum members might take a stab if they were to want to acquire your specific boots. Collecting is a rather hard thing to gauge, it really depends on a buyer and a seller. You might think those boots are worth easily say 1000USD and not a penny less, because it came from a relative or something, but someone else might say that they are only worth 300 and not have to give any other explanation. Certificates of Authenticity are only worth the paper it was written on. Every dealer has made some sort of blunder, selling something as an original and it turned out to be completely inaccurate. The overall consensus of originality on these forums is your best place to get a rough idea of the value, especially since it is likely to be a forum member or someone with great appreciation for your item or other military items that will likely be your customer. Pictures are worth a thousand words. Post pics please Best Regards, JustinG
  14. Looks like the photo above just has a standard "Kriegsmarine" tally. Thanks for showing the portrait of your relative. Best Regards, JustinG
  15. Reverse Maker H.B.