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#1 Johan Willaert

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 02:12 AM

While cleaning up pioneer tools, I came across these 2 Picks.

One is about 25" long and is marked D next to C.F.S.
The other one is a bit longer and is marked with a logo, which I cannot make out...

Both are similar to the one shown in FM21-105 Engineer Soldier's Handbook (June 2nd, 1943) on page 8.

The blade side of the longer pick is much smaller than the ones generally encountered on the vehicle racks.

Anyway, can anyone confirm these are WW2 GI Issue? Or if not, what country they are from.

Thanks!

Johan

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http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s234/johanwillaert/Collection/Equipment/Pioneer%20Tools/Pick001.jpg

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 04:48 AM

Johan, not sure if this is of any help but I have a similar pick to the bottom one you have posted. I picked this up at a yard sale years ago. The pick is marked TRUE TEMPER on one side and with a large number 7 on the other side, no date that I can find. The handle is marked 4Lh1286 and it looks to retain it's original olive drab paint. The pick measures 24 inches long, the handle 36 inches long.

Rob

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 04:49 AM

Pick

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 04:50 AM

TRUE TEMPER marked on pick

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 04:50 AM

Markings on handle

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 05:42 AM

Rob, your handle is GI for sure. The first number on the handle is 41, then H stands for Handle. I doubt though that the head is GI. I just recently found one that is US marked. I'll post a photo later today.
Johan, I don't believe that either of your picks are USGI issue.

#7 Johan Willaert

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 05:48 AM

OK, Thanks both...

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 06:40 AM

Robin, thanks for the info. I also have my doubts about the head being GI. I thought it may have a chance since it was made by True Temper (a wartime manufacturer) but without being U.S. marked it's probably civilian. I will look for your US marked head when you post.

Rob

#9 J_Andrews

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 04:30 PM

Red-painted gear is common in forest-fire fighting, to make it more visible. The pick heads may have been purchased off the shelf by the US Forest Service or any one of dozens State-level entities or locla fire depts.


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