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  1. Those straps don't look US issue... :think: be very careful atlanta cutlery corp. has just got a whole bunch of danish m-48 m-1 type helmets with straps and all , no dought these will wind up at shows etc. they have a web site and a free catalog, also they are making a repro usmc corpsman bolo and m-1 bayonets caveat emotor :thumbdown: :thumbdown: regards koreamike
  2. This one arrived recently and is in pretty minty condition minus the pen writing on the beach side, haha. From everything I have learned I think that this one is correct. I thought I would post it up to make sure though. Here are the pictures. -Jeremy man that is beautiful maybe i am not looking hard enough/ WAS THAT AN EBAY FIND?

    KOREAMIKE :w00t: :w00t: :lol:

  3. Hi All


    Here is an unissued helmet cover that is the World War two Frog-skin pattern ,this is the first model.


    Now ,

    Ever notice why WW2 pictures sometimes show M-1 helmets looking .........baggy ......puffy .....out of shape ?


    Well here is one of mine that is un-issued in every way ...in fact it came from an un-issued bundle .


    I will post more from this ........

    Very beautiful wish I could find just one , do you have tan side pics as well ? thanks alot waaayyyy cool ! :w00t: :lol::lol: korea mike

  4. Funny, I just got this M-51 pile cap in today then saw your request. Do you need pictures of anything in specific? Tags in this one are nice as are all the construction details.

    Thank you so much koreamike :lol::lol::lol:

  5. The corpsman would likely have sewn on chevron in a Korean War example. Vietnam could be either sewn on or embroider chevrons if they had the older sewn on chevron ones available. Not sure when they went to the embroider chevrons, I think some time in the mid 50's. The phamacist rate or also called corpsman rate with the red cross was changed in 1948.

    Here a example with sewn on chevrons.

    This corpsman rate was used 1948-



    Hope this helps, Thank you for your kindness koreamike :lol:



  6. Shelby Stanton's U.S.ARMY UNIFORMS OF THE KOREAN WAR has a little information on the pile caps. "The original Cap, Field, Pile, Olive Drab was adopted in 1943. The cap was made of Olive Drab shade 7 cotton poplin and lined with natural alpaca or wool alpaca pile." The pile covered visor caused problems and a revised model was constructed without the pile on the visor. "This revised pattern became the Cap, Field, Pile, Olive Drab, Model Quartermaster 1 (MQ1) adopted by the Quartermaster Corps Technical Committee (QMCTC) 13-48." This cap was subsequently adopted as "Cap, Field, Pile, M1951, on 25 January 1951." The Spec for the M1951 cap was approved on 31 October 1952.


    I hope that this helps some. If you have access to the above referenced book, there are numerous photos beginning on Page. 30.

    Thank you so much i shall try and find a copy gods blessings koreamike

  7. Funny, I just got this M-51 pile cap in today then saw your request. Do you need pictures of anything in specific? Tags in this one are nice as are all the construction details.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to show me this . There is a dealer on

    ebay named marklin 3318 on ebay that has some i was thinking on bidding on

    gods blessings koreamike

  8. Helllo Owen,


    Thank you for your note - and for helping me to get back on track. My note above via the cover was off base and outta line as the seller had not stressed or implied that it was a WWII or Korean War ear item. Credit to him for not being one of the ebay masses that DO so often state such things. I offer a sincere retraction to the seller (sorry mate).


    As for Jeff's photo, I am of corse aware of it. As for my photos, in both my Marine books, there are no such covers featured. If there were I would have gleefully made note of it as to find any exceptions concerning uniforms and equipment are always an interest of mine. When I have found such exceptions, I've taken the time to identify them - an example of this being the M44 trousers worn on Kwajalein- that for me was VERY unusual and as a collector (see "Dungarees and Frogskin, in the Camo/Frogskin chapter). What Jeff's photo does show is an interesting example of what a Marine did on his own accord that is displaying a sign of individual Marine pride (and is not an official stamp or stencil). This act of marking is like those Marines who added the large and small cap and collar ornaments (EGAs) to their caps and even to their helmets as individual signs of Marine pride. Closing with, we have all seen these stenciled covers, stamped on WWII over-stock and also upon those made and dated 1953, yet when you look through the thousands of photos and view the film footage you will very terribly hard pressed like a needle in a warehouse of haystacks to find a stencil upon a cover in WWII or Korea - Jeff's remains an interesting exception.


    As to my ebay auctions - you are right in that none of us welcome negativity, and while my note was not intended as such, it does come off that way, and again I offer a retraction to the seller, and should I ever run into him, I will be happy to buy him a beer and or sake (his choice). As to my own ebay auctions my feedback reflects quite well the quality and level of kit that I sell - upon checking it this morning I have 5,003 feedbacks received and of that have had only 6 negatives, and 0 neutrals. That means that I have 4, 997 positives which speaks for itself.


    As for my HBT material - you have a valid point and I'm glad you bring that up, as I too would have liked it to be of a heavier weight. I certainly paid for it, going to a mill of choice and placing a custom order to get the weave, color and weigth exact and identical - yet I did not get all three, with the end result being - I got the weave and color dead on (and I might add that no other vendor has ever done that. They have offered a superior weight of twill, yet their colors and or weave have not been right). Had I know going in that I would not get all 'three' (weight, color and weave) I would not have sunk a small fortune $40,000.00 into the fabrication of the utilities, for as like with my Denison Smocks, the goods that I made were made to be replications of the past and to give the reenactor (and veteran) something of quality for his money. As the weight could not be replicated along and in conjunction with the Marine Corps weave and 1941 sage green color - I did not make another run. For the time and money expended it should have been perfection, yet it was not. Making reproductions of quality is a difficult task as any vendor who cares-knows:) This is also why today so much is available direct from China where the price is cheap yet the quality is fairly non-igsistant.


    Since my getting out of the reproduction business in 2004 (after 10 years and some wonderfully loyal customers, etc) I found that I needed a set of M1941 sage green utilities and a set of M1942 camouflage utilities - to wear for a television pilot that I was to shoot on Okinawa and Iwo Jima this last March. After careful examination, I found that I quite liked what SM Wholesale did and for HBO's The Pacific series. This latest run was as good as I've ever seen. The color is what I feel to be the most accurate and their material hard wearing and quite durable. And during that period in March I got to field test both sets on Okinawa for 4 days, and on Iwo for three days. Both sets held up beautifully, so much so that I must state that in the past when I have spent 12 to 14 days on Saipan-Peleliu and Iwo that my own M1941 utilities began to tear - being thinner they were less durable, and at the end of each Pacific trip (I made 4, not including this last March which would be 5) my own TTO USMC M1941 utilities made me resemble Humphrey Bogart in Treasure of Siera Madre (Hobo Jim). But one cannot forget the ever and evil Saipanese Landannas cactus, nor the razor sharp coral or Peleliu, as they will destroy just about anyone or anything:)!


    To wrap up, my appology to the helmet seller, as he did not claim anything false, and as for you Owen, I've addressed your comments and thank you for your note.




    HG Hello Harlan I bought a second pattern helmet cover from you off of

    ebay back about 05- 06 and i hate to say that the thing is probobly bogus , i know this is after the fact , but the more i learn here and read and the more i look at the cover i know it is questionable . Those were the days before i knew any better not only this but apair of utility trousers as well you swore to

    be original , guess you made money back off of your investment . beg for forgiveness koreamike p.s. the cover in question turns purple under black

    light in complete darkness

  9. :mad: Couldn't agree more on that one!

    I bought one of those supposedly Aussie-made helmet covers in '89...it seemed odd to me that it didn't smell like mothballs and/or cosmoline, and didn't look like it had been stored away for any length of time- and that they were said to be discovered England?!?? As time passed, I found out from various seasoned sources that they had been made from shelter halves, and a dealer and renowned tailor whom I became aquainted with at the Houston show told me very casually that he helped crank them out, along with some fake `flage utility covers.

    Stuff like that puts me in a very foul mindset.

    Same here may they inherit the wind .koreamike ;)

  10. Guys, this thread is useless without pictures! And an eBay address or item number for the time being. This is important with all our posts when relating to eBay but especially in this section, as we can build a stockpile of photos of 'fake' or reproduction items so collectors don't get burned in the future!


    Thanks. sorry i did not leave an adress it would have been useful to

    do that . thank you for the input. i am trying to learn to post pictures


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