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  1. It certainly looks like a contract stamp to me. The third line certainly looks like it says Contract. I wonder if the tan cover might be a modified enlisted cover? I could see a scenario where an enlisted Marine would use an enlisted frame for his officer's cap. I would have to do some digging, but one of the Marines in the AEF that went from enlisted to officer mentioned how difficult it was not only to procure funds for uniforms, but also in getting uniforms at all. It took several months to get his uniforms.
  2. If I'm not mistaken, officer's during this time period had to purchase their uniforms and some equipment on their own outside of the depot system from private tailors. So I imagine that pretty much all officer's uniform items would have private purchased tailor's stamps/tags in them. It holds true to a few books I've read where the enlisted Marine became an officer and had to try to find a tailor to get his officer's uniforms made. It was a difficult task during WW1 with so many Marine officers seeking to get uniforms made. Not really sure what would have been issued to officers through the de
  3. Just found this thread a while ago and going through it. Great information on here about early USMC campaign hats!~ I have to dig out and look at my hats, but from memory looking at campaign hats, the shoe string style chinstraps pass through these two front grommets, around the outside front of the hat and then through the two grommets on either side of the hat. This allowed easy adjustment of the chinstrap as the two loose ends to be tucked between the front of the hat and the sweatband.
  4. With the helmet dented as much as it is from what I see in the photos, I can't imagine that it would have been deemed serviceable. The ballistic integrity of the metal would have been compromised. The amount of force necessary to dent a helmet to leave behind a dent like that, but yet no impact showing in the paint... ??? No way.... Big thumbs down. As far as a museum de-acquisition , I know quite a few museums that use repops as fillers for hard to find originals.
  5. Hi, I started a thread over on another part of the forum about Pre WW1 and WW1 USMC blankets, but thought it might be more appropriate here in the WW1 section since there really hasn't been a response. So I thought I would post a link in this section over to the original thread. Hope that is ok!
  6. Here is what I believe is actually a WW1 era issue USMC blanket. The colors in the photos are pretty washed out to what it looks like in hand, but the first pic gives the closest idea of the color. It is definitely forest green with darker green end stripes. The USMC is stitched in dark green thread. The ends were bound, but they have become completely unraveled and frayed. It is a very well used blanket. I wonder if they started making these blankets when the Marines started to use forest green in the 1912 regulations.
  7. The first blanket that you see here is the Army 1904 issue version with the chain stitched USMC. It is well used and abused. Color is brown with brown stripes on each end. The USMC is also stitched with brown thread. The ends were bound, but have become unraveled and freyed.
  8. Recently been trying to figure out just what exactly makes up the blanket that was issued to Marines pre WW1 and into WW1. From what I can tell, it appears that there was no "standard" issue blanket issued to Marines during the pre war years. It looks like the standard Army blanket may have been issued to Marines with the chain stitched USMC added. So far I have seen the brown 1904 pattern Army blanket, 1884 pattern blue Army blanket with the USMC chain stitched to them. I've looked at the USMC uniform regulations from several periods, but they are no help. It just states that the Marine was
  9. Agree that alot of what we accept is speculation until the documentation is found. One thing I noticed about these P44's is that at least from what I have seen, the 4 snap camo material has the same golden tan/light sage green coloration as the P42 camo while at least all the 3 snap P44's I've seen are made from that very dark sage green base colored camo material. Never have seen a set made out of the early golden tan base colored camo materiel. While not conclusive of course, add it to the other little clues and it becomes pretty strong evidence that the 4 snap variant came before the 3 snap
  10. Here's a couple of them. Close scrutiny of the first photo shows 4 button butt pocket on the Marine on the right. The other photo shows "P44" camo in use also during this battle by a Recon element. My personal opinion is that the first pattern was issued to Marines at least in late '43 since this battle was in Feb '44. They camo was modified later to have 3 buttons on the butt pocket and 4 buttons on the jacket plus some other little modifications to the belt loops, etc.
  11. Sorry, but I would have to disagree about which is the first pattern on these. From what I've seen in photos, the first pattern of the P44's that show up in photos are the ones with the 4 buttons on the butt pocket and 5 buttons on the jacket. There are some photos of the battle on the islands that make up the Eniwetok Atoll that show the P44 with 4 buttons in use. I have to find them again. One is of a flag raising and the other shows a wounded Marine getting treated, who if I"m not mistaken was part of a Recon unit that hit one of the smaller islands to the north of the main island.
  12. Absolutely a USMC issue cap. This is a good book to get. It has a roster of the various companies of the 5th Regt. Wish there was one for the 6th: https://www.amazon.com/Marine-Regiment-Devil-Dogs-World/dp/0786497491 Of course, the rosters are not complete. I think they are based basically on certain timeframes during the war and occupation.
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