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  1. Hi Steve, Thank you for the reply and information. I appreciate it. I will have to check out the book you sited.
  2. I generally collect WWII items but recently purchased this entrenching tool. I was impressed with the condition and the historical significance of this item. The blade is in perfect condition and does not appear to have been sharpened. I would like to find out all I can about this item, it's rarity, and from a conservation/display point of view the following question. I would like to display this item mounted on the yellow felt(please see last photo) and in a plexi-glass shadow box. Is there any problem with the leather scabbard or metal blade contacting the felt material? Any observations or
  3. Hi, Just a correction on the product name "Plasti Dip". What's nice is that if you are unhappy with the results, it can be pealed off without damaging the substrate.
  4. Hi George, Thanks for replying to my post. Based on the photos that I sent, do you have any additional observations? I was thinking of giving the hilt a cleaning with ammonia. There seems to be a coating of black(I'm not sure what this is) on the hilt, pommel and guard especially on the inside of the guard. It almost looks like paint. Also, is there a way to restore the grip,by somehow recovering the missing leather? Or should I leave it alone. I have the proper twisted brass wire, but where would you find leather thin enough to achieve the desired affect. Given the condition of the grip, I
  5. I recently purchased this "Sons of Veterans" sword. It's not in the greatest shape, but may have potential, The engravings on blade seem to be very faint and the blade is dark. Should I attempt to clean it? If so , how. The grip, which has lost most of the black covering has some sort of twine wrapped over the flat wood. The washer is not the correct type. The scabbard is metal, but seems to be brown or black (or perhaps this is fine rust
  6. I wanted to make a correction in this post: It should read "M-1873 bayonet questions" sorry for the typo
  7. Hi, I have two question I would like to ask about this bayonet. First: How can you tell the difference between modified (socket shrunk) civil war era bayonets and 1874 45/70 bayonets of the Indian Wars era. Secondly, some of these have a single letter (ie. F, S, T, etc.) stamped below the "US" stamping on the blade. What does this letter represent? Thank you, Ken
  8. Hi Alec, Thank you for your response and information.
  9. I recently ran across this item and bid on it because, as a historian, I found it to be very interesting. I normally collect WWII items, so I don't know if the seller's description is accurate. Quite frankly I have never heard of such a thing, but found this item intriguing. The patent date shares the date in history of the sinking of the Maine in Cuba's harbor. Any opinions or information would be greatly appreciated. I have provided a link to the item http://www.ebay.com/itm/GREAT-SPANISH-AMERICAN-WAR-ERA-SOLDIERS-SMALL-HEATER-WITH-PAT-DATE-FEB-15-1898-/291649950689?ul_noapp=true&nma=tru
  10. Hi, I recently acquired a blue cartridge belt. Can you confirm that this is authentic, and what era this belt would have been used. I haven't received it yet so I will have to provide a link to the "popular auction site". http://www.ebay.com/itm/262213344061?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Thank you in advance. Best regards, Ken
  11. Hi, Just wanted to add some information. I recently acquired an 1872 canteen with a canvas duck cover. One of the previous owners had marked his name on this vintage canteen (cover) in yellow paint. It ruined the appearance of the cover, but I was afraid to try and remove the lettering. I decided to try some masking tape to try and "lift" the lettering off of the fabric. With patience I was able to remove most of the yellow paint without damaging the fabric.
  12. Hi, Yes, these are fun to collect and display. Too bad we don't have the plane to go with them.
  13. Hi, I have a similar instrument in my aircraft display. It would make a nice display piece. Good find.
  14. Hi, I recently purchased this sword. What attracted me to it was the blending of styles. The wooden 1902 "style" grip seems to be made for this sword. I have seen many examples of the 1872 sword, but all have the leather or sharkskin covered grip. I have never seen one like this. There are no markings on the blade that I can see, and the blade is void of any engraving. The scabbard does have some scattered rust and the sword is loose in the scabbard. Should there be some sort of insert in the throat of the scabbard to "grip" the blade? Any opinions about the sword and if I should "clean" it
  15. I also want to thank Horseclover for the link. I read the article and found it very interesting. Sorry about a couple of misspellings on post #10. A slip of the keypad.
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