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#1 skio

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 09:57 PM

Need some help if any one can help me. I have a line on 3 Browning 1918 A2 shipping crates for $75.00 each. Does anyone have one that they can provide pictures of so when I go look at them, I'll know what I am looking at? He says that they hold two BARs per box and are in excellent cond with markings and are WWII era. Thanks in advance!

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 08:34 AM

Anyone? All comments and or opinions are welcome. Is the price reasonable, high, low? Has anyone come across any?

In case you have not noticed, I am completely in the dark about these!

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I think they would be quite rare, as stuff like shipping crates would be destroyed so that they had less to carry less, or repurposed for the wood. However I suggest that if you are in the dark about something, and there is no strong database/reference on that type of item (like helmets, pouches, bayonets, etc.), either pass or the price has to be low. $75 does not seem reasonable to me. It would be reasonable if there was more knowledge about it (the markings, correct type of wood for the era, and decent pictures of them on the web). I know the guy won't be receptive, but they would have to be at most $30 each to be a safe buy. Those are my 2.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 08:48 AM

I think they would be quite rare, as stuff like shipping crates would be destroyed so that they had less to carry less, or repurposed for the wood. However I suggest that if you are in the dark about something, and there is no strong database/reference on that type of item (like helmets, pouches, bayonets, etc.), either pass or the price has to be low. $75 does not seem reasonable to me. It would be reasonable if there was more knowledge about it (the markings, correct type of wood for the era, and decent pictures of them on the web). I know the guy won't be receptive, but they would have to be at most $30 each to be a safe buy. Those are my 2.



Thanks for the response! I tend to get in over my head at times when I don't know what I am looking at.

I am going to look at them on Sunday and hope to get a bit more info on them as far as markings/etc. In my web search all I found was a kit available for $50.00 and a repo built box by the same vendor for $150.00. In my mind I was thinking $50.00 each for all three at the high end.

In talking to the guy he did mention that two where Army green and on was more tan in color. I'll see if I can decipher the marking on Sunday.

Steve

Edited by skio, 17 February 2012 - 08:59 AM.


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Posted 17 February 2012 - 12:05 PM

I'll post pictures of mine this weekend. It's 3rd Marine Divison marked. Got it at a yard sale 30 years ago for $3.50.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:35 PM

skio,

I think it might be a good idea to pick them up. I'd want to see pictures, but if they look right, I don't think $75 is too much. Items like that are uncommon, and the BAR is a very popular weapon. If you could get them for $50 each, I think you'd do very well.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:35 PM

David

Thanks for the opinion on the crates. I went to look at them today and was a bit disapointed. They looked to be Vietnam era to me and had a hard time explaining that to the seller who insisted they were WWII. Pictures are below so let me know what you think. He came down to $40.00 each and I'll be honest and say I wanted them with the intention to resell so I am still bebating.

Steve



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Looks like a 1972 date to me

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:38 PM

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This is the only box with any dividers. All the rest are missing

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:41 PM

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End markings and hardware details. WWII construction painted over or 1970 constructed? I am thinking the latter.



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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:44 PM

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:46 PM

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:12 PM

I think they are WW2, put into storage, then remarked in the 1960-70's. Mine's USMC marked with what looks like the 3rd Division patch painted on the front. Then remarked later on like yours. I got this box in the mid-1970's.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:12 PM

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:14 PM

Here's an earlier chest for the M1918 BAR. It's too short to accept a rifle with a flashider installed.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:22 PM

Hi Robin

Yours looks identical to the ones I saw as far as construction. Perhaps you could let me know if the clasps are exactly like mine when you get a chnce. Thanks!

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 04:58 PM

I think they are of WWII manufacture. The 3rd one is the best, in my opinion.

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