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  1. As Proud Kraut stated, the use of a blacklight is only one aspect of dating patches. In addition to the info and great pics above, some other useful guidelines; For WWII Most WWII patches were cotton or wool, but not all Most have a khaki twill base Most have a "snowy" back (natural rayon white or ivory return threads), not all Threads burn and do not melt, I personally use this as a last resort (if ever) They should always have a supple back (absolutely no plastic) Post War Olive Drab bordered patches can date from WWII to 1956 Most of the time
  2. Well... I went back and bought it. It's a neat patch.
  3. Actually... didn't buy it. Wondering now if I should go pick it up.
  4. Looking for opinions and info. Saw this at a local antique mall, not sure of it's origin. Was thinking VN era, if so (from the very limited info I have provided) does it look legit? Why the additional background? It's in a mount with about 8 other patches. The rest are all are very common... 50's and later... most cut edge & early flat merrowing plus one Armored round merrow. I asked the lady if I could remove it from the mount and was told no, she didn't want me to take it "apart". Price on the whole deal is $34.
  5. Guys, I have the HGU-47(V)4/P helmet pictured below, used by the TACCO VP-47 Golden Swordsman in the mid 80's. I would like to install the fitting pads but need some help sourcing the proper foam. The foam for the pads was completely melted when I got it, I do have the outer "leather" that was glued to the foam. I thought about just obtaining a new fitting set (also pictured below), however, I would really like to use the original pieces if I can as the rest of the helmet is original. My thought was to get the correct foam, glue the "leather" t
  6. One of my favorite items is this flight helmet used by the Tactical Coordinator of VP-47 in the late 80's. Nothing super special about the helmet itself... I picked it up (complete with carry bag) at a flea market for $5.00. All the foam from the fitted pads and ear cups had melted, so everything was covered in a sticky goo, it was partially sitting in a trash bag when I saw it. Spent about 20 hours meticulously cleaning it (being careful not to alter it in any way), the only replacement parts were the foam for the ear cups. After I got it cleaned up, I did some searching and wa
  7. I picked up a pouch for the Thompson M1928A1 drum magazine just the other day. I wasn't really looking for one, but happened upon this at a bargain price. It's in absolutely fantastic unused condition, a storage mark or two on the front, but otherwise perfect. The shoulder strap was folded up inside. It is stamped Boyle inside, no date. Does anyone know what year(s) these were produced?
  8. PRO- You get to actually enjoy it! I display (under the appropriate conditions) everything I possibly can. I spend my hard earned money to buy things I like and things that intrest me. If I'm going to buy something just to lock it away and look at it once a year... not really sure what the point is in having it. When I was younger, I bought several items that I kept stored away thinking, "one day my kids will want this". Then, my kids grew up and didn't have the same interests as I do. I basically ended up storing items for 25 years for someone else to enjoy. Display it and
  9. I know that both WFL and Slingerland supplied snare drums to the Army during WWII. The Slingerlands are stamped W669-QM-19239 on the inside (which is the Army designation for the Slingerland model 634). I'm not 100% sure about Bass drums, but, I suspect that both WFL and Slingerland supplied those as well. Here's a picture of the Slingerland model (I don't own the Slingerland, just the WFL above)
  10. The snare in the photo should be this one... The "U.S." was removed, or lost to time. The hoop claws on the Army drums during this period were different than the civilian versions. Also a great picture of the drums in production, caption reads; - Drum beats for Uncle Sam - William F. Ludwig, 62 year old owner and founder of the WFL Drum Co. of Chicago, whose company is working on a large order placed with it by the U.S. Army, shown testing the final quality of one of the completed instruments. August 17, 1941.
  11. It burns me up when people list stuff in the "original" sections, then, when you called them out on it they say something like... well, doesn't say original in the title or listing. This guy has enough stuff listed, I'm sure he knows the difference.
  12. Second pic is labeled; April 1982. Fort Bragg, NC. The High Flight Parachutist, one of the five Special Force units.
  13. I sold this item to another forum member not long after posting this question, he sent me a link to some pics of the bottle set in use. First pic is labeled; Special Force, April 1982. Fort Bragg, NC. The five Special Force units: Combat Parachutist, High Flight Parachutist, Mountain Training, Frogmen, and Forest Jumper. You can see the bottle under the reserve.
  14. Does anyone know if there is a way to "era date" bibs/scarfs based on material, snap-style or construction? I'm sure construction methods (even within eras) varied pretty widely depending on the manufacturer. I've seen some made in Japan 100% rayon ones, parachute material ones, crepe paper material ones, etc. Only ever encountered a handful that had any markings at all. The one I have is the crepe paper style material with Scovill snaps. I've been told it was Vietnam era but have absolutely no information to back that up.
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