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    ** Airbrushing: tigerheads, WW2 pin-ups, naked fantasy girls, a cluster of flowers etc. Not forgetting your fianceès of course ah ah..
    ** Melanie Chisholm: former Spice Girl, perfect artist, marvellous woman.
    ** The Colt S.A.A. model 1873 revolver, especially the British "Pall Mall" ones...
    ** ... and, the aviators' Partial Pressure suits: US, Polish, Soviet/Russian, French.

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  1. Last shots including the hat, but in a different layout: and here, exploiting a few pics I've made for explaination to a friend of mine - how a 'Trapdoor' system worked. In this case, the rifle variant.
  2. Too kind MattS, thanx very much. Just wish to add an interesting detail I've made out after paying more attention to the source I based upon - this SAA we are treating here is in fact, from very late 1874. Some precise dates are paramount in stating this. Samuel B. Lewis was assigned by Col. Benton on December 5th, 1874 to inspect a group of 260 martial SAAs and his inspection report was dated December 21st. One revolver numbered #15,117 is known to be within the group and almost all guns are on 15,000 range (or, very early 16,000) so, this sheds light on a precise fact: yes they're
  3. Hello, given the s/n and the 'L' marking your SAA should likely be from a set of 100 revolvers made under a contract extension dated January 6th 1875, all of them inspected by Samuel B. Lewis (thus the 'L' inspection marking). The timeframe is narrowed down by noticing that before Lewis there was inspector Ainsworth as responsible of inspections through the 1874, and immediately after Lewis there was inspector Casey in springtime and early summer 1875. If so (most likely in my opinion) in this case your revolver can only be a Lewis-inspected one, and worth noting - that 100-revol
  4. ... and the last pics including the guns.
  5. Thanx very much Paul !! 😃😃
  6. Here in a somehow 'warmer' lighting than some photos above
  7. hello again at last, a final change to the Cavalryman display and quite the very ultimate one. Since long ago I was looking for the two items I've found out very recently, both within a few weeks between - this was in my mind time ago but not easy at all, considering many a factor (in my personal instance at least). The older blackish, commercial-made hat and the cavalry-style gauntlets, (they civilian-made too) will be much useful going to another displat; here the Cavalryman has just got a Pattern 1889 campaign hat in great condition, and a pair privately purchased riding gaunt
  8. Some interesting infos here, thank you. Didn't know about the current A-2s not being a true flight garment - I had read (do not remember exactly where) on the web, leather of the jackets when re-introduced was chemically treated with a flame retardant. Didn't specify whether this applied only to early lots of A-2s, or perhaps the whole statement was wrong.
  9. Just noticed right now your reply. Interesting indeed, thanx very much !!
  10. Indeed glad you like the items. Finished to take pics just before it started raining, thus not the need for more additions - maybe some re-touching to the Cavalryman display when a great set of customized gauntlets will arrive here, hopefully shortly. Regards - Franco.
  11. hello, thanx for appreciating. Tunic is from Sgt. Harry L. Robinson, mustered at Topeka in May 1898, 22th Kansas Infantry Regiment. Spanish - American War, however these blue fatigue tunics were still being worn stateside even though that precise year the Pattern 1898 (khaki) tunic did appear for service in hot and tropical climates. Although provenance indicates very late 1890s for this precise person, I've put it in early that decade - in fact, the same generic blouse is appropriate even for the very late Indian Wars.
  12. Too kind Leigh, thanx indeed. Here the very last couple photos taken in a 'warmer' lighting of early afternoon - rifle's wood and canteen's canvas especially do take some benefits.
  13. Here a couple photos showing some differences - former blouse (Cavalry corporal) satin-lined and with sleeves standard lined (white). The other in a lightweight kind of wool flannel, and unlined both in sleeves and interior. Also, different width and curve of facings.
  14. Will do shortly - thanks for appreciating !!
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