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USMC Pick Mattock Carrier

Started by Greg Robinson , Jan 06 2007 05:30 AM

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#1 Greg Robinson

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 05:30 AM

This is a hard to find item. I believe the Marine Corps Phila Depot made these prior to WW2 and possibly early in WW2. But most used later probably came from the Army. I first learned they even existed when I saw this pic which shows one that a collector discovered on ebay and talked about in another forum. It had been sold as a "British Made" carrier. I'm borrowing his pic since it shows the features that are definitive for ID'ing it as USMC Phila Depot made. Note the web tape strap, square strap end, cast bronze buckle, and mustard tan color shade. A few months ago I was digging through a box of these at a local army store and that yellow color immediately attracted my attention. What I found was a carrier just like this one. Mine is unmarked, another clue that it's not an Army carrier since all of them will be marked with maker, date, and US.

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 01:44 AM

Here's a pic of another one of these I just found. Here you can see that distinctive Marine Corps Phila Depot mustard tan color.

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 10:04 PM

Here is another variation of the Marine-specific pickmattock carrier, made of dark pea-green web throughout...

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I've only seen 2 of these, and grabbed both of them; seems to me they're almost as rare as the mustard-O.D. one of Greg's, but that may be a stretch...
The other example has a standard M1910 belt hook instead of the Marines' "Z" type, and like this one, it has no marks anywhere.

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 10:07 PM

The buckle on these is the flat box type used on early M1910 haversacks and carriers:

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 10:12 PM

Comparison with the mustard-O.D. carrier; couldn't tell you the exact vintage of any of these...

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 12:22 PM

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