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Thank you for sharing this information, Fred! Have you ever written an article for JOMSA about this subject?
I am still seeking M.O.S. related items. There are several reunion badges that I would like to add to my collection. I also know of an M.O.S. Life Member badge that was sold by FJP more than 10 years ago that I let slip through my fingers. If you have anything you might consider selling, please let me know.
It has been quite a long time since I added any pieces to this collection. My offer for ‘stupid money’ still stands. If you have any items you wish to consider selling, please let me know.
OMSA #7096October 24, 2019 at 3:51 pm in reply to: Anyone can help me to identify this Russian breast star? #38155
After doing many google searches, the best I can offer is that this may be a Russian Order of St. Andrew breast star. The ones I found were more ornate (multi-piece construction, enamel). But, they had the same Cyrillic letters, the double headed eagle, and the sprig of leaves. It is possible that these Imperial awards were issued in different grades/classes. This could be a lower grade version.
I am definitely not knowledgeable on this subject.
It has been a while since I made mention of my interest in the Army & Navy Legion of Valor reunion badges. I have hit a point where I am prepared to pay “stupid money” for any new-to-me LOV badges. If you have any that are not depicted in the attached image and want to sell, please let me know.
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Thank you for the added info. I was aware of Mr. Bartholow’s exhibit, but have not contacted him directly. Unfortunately, I have been out of action since late last year. So, all of my writing endeavors have been sidelined. I hope to get back to researching soon.
I have yet to see the medals as shown anywhere other than in the images within this article.
I recently purchased examples of the Palmyra medals you mentioned. Although, I cannot honestly vouch for their authenticity.
KevinDecember 5, 2018 at 9:31 pm in reply to: can anyone identify this medal or have information concerning it? #36422
I don’t know much about these badges, but I believe it to be a Patriotic Order Sons of America Commandery General badge.
A lot of the time people try to pass them off as “Coast Guard”, or other things. But, I am pretty sure that it belongs to the P.O.S.A.
Did the 1972 convention date bar come with the convention materials you received when you checked in? The date bars go back all the way to the first convention in 1960. That suggests that the membership medal was available as early as then. But, I don’t know that for a fact.
The quest for information continues!
Well, here we are in the middle of 2018. Does anyone want to try this again? Save $10/month until Christmas and then give the gift of an OMSA 1-year membership to some young person. Imagine the strength of our organization if we all did this.
Thanks, Fred. That was very interesting. And, I commend you on your sticktoitiveness in the search for information. The pay off was worth the time invested.
Hello again, all,
In June I posted an idea for increasing OMSA membership. I don’t know if anyone read it, or, if they did read it, if anyone followed the suggestion. Well, I did. I put the money aside. I thought about with whom I wanted to share my hobby. And, I reached out.
Now, I do not have children. There was no one in my immediate family to whom I could make an offer. So, it was a stretch for me to find someone to ask if they would like a free-t0-them, 1 year OMSA membership. And, to be completely transparent, the young woman whom I asked turned me down. She thanked me, but said she weren’t interested. Fair enough.
I spoke with a friend of mine who has three boys. She was not aware that I am a medal collector. I asked her if any of her children were interested in history. I then explained that I was and that I pursue that interest through my membership in OMSA. She told me that her eldest son was a huge history fanatic and that she thought he would love to learn more. So, when I renew my membership in January, I will also be gifting a new membership to a bright eyed and interested young person.
How about you?
It looks like it is time for my now seemingly annual message stating that I am seeking reunion badges for the Army & Navy Legion of Valor to add to my collection.
If you have any to sell, or trade, please contact me at
I am even prepared to offer a finder’s fee to anyone who can point me to someone who has LOV items for sale. If I add new piece(s) to my collection based upon your lead, I’ll send you something for the effort.
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Ok, I’ll bite. Last seen in what context? At a show? Private collection? A dealer’s website? As part of a grouping?
Secondly, if I may ask, what makes this group important to you?
My Holy Grail would be a well-documented Military Order of the Dragon medal, complete, and in excellent condition. I find this medal, designed and executed by Bailey, Banks, and Biddle, to be the pinnacle of medal artistry. Its pendant’s contrasting gold and black color, the beautifully rendered dragon, its bright yellow ribbon with embroidered characters, and topped with a pagoda suspension bar are stunning in their execution.
Following that, I would love to own the Military Order of the Serpent membership badges for either LTC Frederick Mason Fanning, or Maj. Walter Scott MacAaron who were founding members of that organization. Fanning was the first National President of the M.O.S., wheras MacAaron was the third.
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