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    Kissimmee, FL
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    US infantry uniforms, equipment and firearms from all eras. German WWI and WWII. Home improvement projects. Vinyl records.

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  1. Trying to figure out the manufacture dates of these rations and best options to preserve them - three K ration units, the breakfast unit is manufactured by Cracker Jack Co. while the supper and dinner units are both made by Doughboy Mills. The B Unit looks like it's stamped 4-42 so I'm guessing April 1942? I don't see a manufacturer on it? Outer boxes looks solid. I don't want to open them if I don't have to. There's a little bit of rust powder coming out of them. I just want to do what's best for them to avoid any future damage to the box or contents from any leaky or rusty food
  2. How to date this frock - balloon sleeve elbows 9 inches wide, balloon chest with padded quilted lining, hidden tail pockets with brown polished cotton lining, hand finished buttonholes, oxidized green mordant dye lining, lined all the way to the bottom, unfinished skirt... No part of it glows under blacklight.
  3. Well when it rains it pours. Waiting a long time to find a good deal on a federal haversack and found a second this weekend. Relic or close to it condition so I'll probably sell this one, but figured I'd share it.
  4. Wow, that cross stitching is beautiful.
  5. Thanks all, have this Hardee on hold. Needs a bit of restoration work but definitely excited to snag a new piece of headgear and one of the tougher Union cloth items to find.
  6. Haversack arrived and added to the display. Wasn't sure, but I strapped the haversack and canteen over the cartridge box sling as I've seen in photographs. I picked items with clear maker marks or inspector stamps visible for display when possible. Knapsack and period blanket are showcased in the display cabinet, it was just too much going on with the cross straps and I didn't want to risk damage.
  7. Same scam going on with a Civil War cap - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Civil-War-period-Kepi-/330907599983?autorefresh=true&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d0ba1446f&nma=true&si=SlMuDLKRHNVJNW3Kn2bRN7Bos5k%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 From an Illinois estate, but cap is coming from the Ukraine. Over $500 - wire transfer only.
  8. Matt, True and a probably a good thing for collectors. The equipment side is fairly easy. Once you start getting into the cloth though... Sack or frock coat, forage cap or Hardee hat, overcoat, blanket... $$ adds up and the equipment is only a fraction of the cloth that saw so much post-war use.
  9. Here are my Navies. 1863 dated on top and 1861 below with iron back strap and trigger guard. No accessories but hope to have a .36 packet, mold and holster to go with them one day.
  10. Thanks for the links. Found a good source for the cartridge tube paper: http://papercartridge.com/ Just need to find 10 .58 drops and cleaners for a fair price.
  11. Well long story short, I don't want to spend $800+ on a sealed pack of 10 .58 catridges. I love displaying Civil War ammuntion boxes/packages. All the ones I have are empty - Gallagher, Smith and Colt .36. They still display well at a fraction of the cost. Anyways, I purchased an original complete untorn package wrapper and tie string from a dealer. It was a cartridge box find, they sold the few remaining cartridges. I figured with some patience, wax, period cap packet and some reproduction rounds I can restore the package. I'm wondering how to go about handling making the rounds witho
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