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#1 Fixbayonets!

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 10:58 AM

Recently out of the family estate of the veteran comes this 77th Infantry Division group to include his bring backs.  He served as a Private with Company C of the 307th Infantry Regiment and participated in engagements at Lorraine, Chateau Thierry and the Meuse-Argonne.  All of the items shown here were kept packed in his footlocker for the past 100 years.

 

First up is his uniform to include his tunic, overcoat, trousers, overseas cap & puttees.

 

  

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:00 AM

Close up of insignia

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:03 AM

Some of his personal belongings to include prayer books, his son in service banner, scout pocket knife, field dressing pouch and a 77th Division recruiting armband.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:06 AM

Some of his German battlefield pick ups to include a complete gas mask set, enlisted belt & buckle with bayonet frog still attached, unit marked 98/05 bayonet, unit marked ersatz bayonet and a Mauser ammunition pouch. 

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:09 AM

Two pickelhaube spikes removed from helmets (one with cover still attached) and what I suspect might be a French hat/helmet plate?

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:09 AM

Really nice group, great to see all the pieces stay together.  Seems so many of these groups get spread to the four corners.  Thanks for sharing. Ken



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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:13 AM

A selection of bullets (fired & unfired), clips, shrapnel, German uniform buttons & cap cockades.

 

That about does it, hope you all enjoyed!

 

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:34 AM

Great grouping!!....love all the bringback helmet parts...mike

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:49 AM

Wonderful grouping! The bring backs are really something special.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:53 AM

Love this grouping! Thanks for sharing with us.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 12:29 PM

Very nice!!


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:12 PM

Thanks, glad to hear you guys like it!

 

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 04:00 PM

Nice grouping, and sweet uniform!

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 04:21 PM

Great grouping, great bring backs

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 03:39 AM

A really interesting group...thanks for posting!



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Posted 25 October 2017 - 07:22 AM

Very interesting variation of the 77th ID patch, first of that style I've seen...

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 07:22 AM

Everything looks great and well preserved; it is a time capsule from 98 years ago. Picture of the veteran and personal items tell the story. Thanks for taking the time to post this group.

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Posted 24 February 2018 - 06:19 AM

Sweet uniform indeed!  I was surprised by the souvenir helmet spike still retaining its cover.  Most unusual to have them still together!  So great to still have all this stuff together.  As was stated earlier, most groupings got scattered to the winds many years ago.  I know money isn't the most important thing with many of us who collect this stuff, but the longer this stays together as a group the more it will be worth when finally parted with.  Youngsters in the hobby buy whatever they can get their hands on to grow their collections.  Old folks like me look for this kind of group for purchase, having already grabbed the odds and ends in earlier days.  I no longer add big things to my collection, but I can enjoy the groupings I already have like this one, with the knowledge that once I am gone my wife will hopefully get some decent money for them.   MHJ



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Posted 24 February 2018 - 10:05 AM

Very nice to see  grouping like this...it's a shame the family had to let it go....but thru time the family doesn't have any real connection with the past unless it's a member who likes history and their family's history.  The WWI veteran was very proud of his service and so was his children since they kept it together...they probably knew him and lived around him hearing the war stories.........but the grand children and great grandchildren didn't know him or hear of the stories...so these items ended up as stuff in an estate sale.  I guess I'm sentimental....because I heard my Grandfather's proud WWI service a long with my Father's and Mom's since she served in the WAVES.

 

Again...nice grouping ..appreciate it....thanks for sharing.  Is the German bayonet in the leather scabbard a sawtooth and dated on the spine?



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Posted 27 February 2018 - 02:02 PM

Thanks again for all of the positive comments!

 

littlewilly - The helmet spike with cover is my favorite souvenir of the group & I agree it's quite a find that they are still together.

 

Edelweisse - You are correct that the family had lost their connection to the group, I bought it from the veteran's Grandson who knew very little about it.  The family was moving and they chose not to lug this footlocker full of stuff with them.  The German bayonet in the leather scabbard is not a sawtooth, it is dated 17 on the spine.  I believe the scabbard is the earlier variation that predates the bayonet by a few years but it is no doubt the way he captured it.

 

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 07:48 PM

Really great grouping! Thanks for sharing!

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