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#1 marr708

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 02:32 PM

Hi Gentlemen,

   I have taken a few years off from collecting military items. I have been pursuing other activities. Well, last week I was looking at a local auction site which was auctioning off a huge estate. I spotted an anvil I wanted and looked for some other tools.

Suddenly, these flight suits popped up. It was a semi- blind auction ,internet only, no inspections,a brief description and one or two pictures.

On the day, I was one of the only bidders. The whole lot sold for around 300 bucks.  The B3 jacket is in great shape. A little firm but not stiff. Some minor rub marks, no tears. All the zippers and snaps work. The same with the B1 pants, firm, functional with working zippers, no tears. 

   The was also another auction lot of a box containing boxes of shotgun shells. Nobody bid on this and I got the box for 20 bucks. These boxes are full and unopened. They are all 12 ga 00 buck and say  " US Property."   Were these type of rounds used in WW2? I  don't know.

BTW, I lost the auction on the anvil. ha.

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#2 marr708

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 02:33 PM

The shotgun shells

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 02:55 PM

As a collector of WW2 items, especially shotgun shells, I can confirm that the 2 Western boxes are definitely WW2. If you post another picture of the remaining boxes (tops), I can confirm them for you also. The paper hulled Western boxes with OO Buck loads are for both guard duty and combat. I can't see the shot size on the other boxes. Great score on all of the items.

Thanks, Al

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 03:29 PM

Outstanding!
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#5 marr708

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 03:33 PM

Al, thank you for the info! I appreciate it.  Here are some better photos.

-Randy

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 05:26 PM

What a haul!!  bummer bout the anvil...highly prized around these parts

 

But ya did great on the sheepskin...and shells...first I have seen Cable Raincoat pants...nice

 

maybe the guy was an aerial  gunner or  aerial gunnery instructor.... shells for gunner training?  


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#7 marr708

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 05:41 PM

Sorry Al, the box was upside down, doh!

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 06:19 PM

Randy--good ID on the Peters boxes. They are the same US Property for use as the Western boxes. Can you post pictures of the 2 Remington boxes showing the loads and/or US Property stamps? FYI, these are early war boxes that were either conscripted from commercial inventories or early boxes with U.S. Property printing before they went into military contract production in the plain buff colored boxes. Having the early commercial color boxes with the U.S. Property printing is a plus.

Thanks, Al

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#9 marr708

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Posted 24 November 2019 - 08:54 AM

Randy--good ID on the Peters boxes. They are the same US Property for use as the Western boxes. Can you post pictures of the 2 Remington boxes showing the loads and/or US Property stamps? FYI, these are early war boxes that were either conscripted from commercial inventories or early boxes with U.S. Property printing before they went into military contract production in the plain buff colored boxes. Having the early commercial color boxes with the U.S. Property printing is a plus.

Thanks, Al

Those Remington boxes are just early # 6 loads. One even has plastic hulls. I checked, there's no "US Government" markings on the boxes. Just good old rabbit shooters. Thank again for the info.

-RS




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