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Eagle Snap WWI Canteen Cover - Unit Marked - Please Help

Started by anton67 , Oct 06 2017 10:33 AM

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#1 anton67

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:33 AM

I picked this up today at an estate sale.

I would like any information you can give me on it.

I know it is a WWI era Eagle Snap cover.

Did these Eagle snaps always have rims on them?

Also it is Unit marked.

Any idea what unit or any info on those markings.

It is not in the best shape but I didnt pay out the nose for it either.

Thank you for any input.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:36 AM

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:36 AM

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:37 AM

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:38 AM

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:39 AM

Got some WWI grease with it for free!

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:41 AM

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:41 AM

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:58 AM

My guess is Company A, 24th Machine Gun Battalion, soldier #50. It looks like the snaps have been repaired after being pulled loose, hence the washers. 


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 12:31 PM

Nice one, Mark, but you knew I thought that already  ;)



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 01:06 PM

Gadzooks! That is sweet! Congrats Mark.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 01:09 PM

I really do not think they were repaired.
Eric saw it in person.
What do you think Eric?

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 06:10 PM

I've never seen eagle snaps quite like those. I don't know what to make of them.



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 07:38 PM

Almost looks like the LTDs broke (1917 was all LTD right?) and all they had was the cartridge belt eagle snap stuff to fix it with.



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Posted 07 October 2017 - 06:39 AM

I have a pea-green 1917 dated dispatch case with eagle snaps, and I believe it's RIA manufactured....here is a pic....

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 02:25 AM

Almost looks like the LTDs broke (1917 was all LTD right?) and all they had was the cartridge belt eagle snap stuff to fix it with.

 

I'm leaning toward this possibility. Definitely started it's life with LTD's.
 



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Posted 08 October 2017 - 05:00 PM

Can you please explain further?

I am not very knowledgeable about field gear.

Also, it looks to me like they were always like this but I could be wrong.



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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:27 AM

I'm pretty certain that in 1917 canteen covers were all made with LTD or Lift The Dot fasteners.  If they broke then they would be repaired using spares.  But it seems that there may have been no spare LTD fasteners for this canteen cover so they used the Eagle snaps that were meant for the cartridge belts to repair this cover.  The washer under the the actual Eagle snap was probably to cover larger holes that the spring clip part of the LTD fastener left in the cloth.

 

This is the normal Eagle Snap set up for canteen covers.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 12:39 PM

Ah I see.

Thank you for the explanation.



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Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:45 PM

Very interesting, nice find.


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