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  1. I never fail to be impressed by the depth of Glenn's collection, as well as how it is presented. I am eagerly awaiting future updates to this magnificent display. Glenn: If you need help scaling and converting photos to get the maximum resolution and size within the 200Kb file limits, send me a PM.
  2. Photo included is not mine. My camera battery is dead, so I'm recycling someone else's photo. I've used google images to search for photos of this belt, both on this forum and elsewhere; however, I have never observed a marked belt. Mills never failed to mark their products. Russell also marked their products, but their ink stamps seem to more easily wear off. These belts lack the quality of both Mills and Russell, so my question is, "Who made them?" I suppose that one or more of the Arsenals could have produced them, or that these are State Guard acquisitions from some unknown contractor. Does anyone here (who has one) have a marked one? You must provide a photo, or the proof doesn't exist. Does anyone have a period photo showing this belt in use? I know the opinions of what a few authors have publish in the past, but I've also found a lot of errors in their works. USMF jprostak, have you found a print describing such an item? I've heard them called Model 1918 Garrison Belts, but until I see it in print, then that may just be what collectors colloquially call them. Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks, for ya'll's input. Msn
  3. Rara Aves (Rare Birds) Outstanding! I recall that you once shared a similar period uniform from the USS Marblehead, so I guess that you're not just a patch collector, but a collector of Naval uniforms and accouterments. Not much detailed information can be found in Naval Regulations to distinguish early clothing, so I hope that you post more of your collection, and be sure to write a bit about each photo that you post so that others (and I) can learn the significance of what we're looking at, and how it differs from changes made later. Thank you for posting. Msn P.S. Even if you've posted something before, if you've learned something new or have additional detail or information to add, please update or re-post these items. I, and others, are always interested in expanding our understanding of early US Naval artifacts of which we seem to see very due to their scarcity.
  4. This is an outstanding post! You have provided a detailed background to place these items into their historical context. The scanned images detail reasonably well how the troops were equipped and dressed for their environment at the time the photos were taken. One in particular captured my attention (your image re-posted below). The soldier located far right appears to be wearing the spec. 1348 mackinaw; however, the black-'n'-white tones suggest that the collar is a lighter shade of wool lining than the shell of the coat. This differs from other photographs that I have seen of this article of clothing; nevertheless, it is otherwise consistent in appearance. On frame #4 top right photograph, the soldier on the left wearing a cravat is also sporting a leather jerkin. Yeah, I'm a collector of clothing and accouterments, so I focus on these details.
  5. The level of detail that can be found on this forum greatly exceeds anything that can be found in books; the first problem, though, is that you'll have to sift through a lot of chaff to find what you are looking for. The second problem is that much of the material is scattered due to how the forum developed. For example, the DISPLAY sub-forum evolved before a dedicated WWI sub-forum was added; therefore, early posts regarding Great War material is still found there, and elsewhere. A third problem is that external hosting of images was once common (it is now discouraged). Many old posts have lost their images when external hosting sites removed expired user accounts and photos, thus rendering them useless. Many members here would be willing to accommodate reasonable requests (i.e. answer questions, take additional detailed photos of areas of interest) provided that you are willing to do a bit of your own homework first. Don't be afraid to ask using the private PERSONAL MESSAGING function built into the forum; don't post a question not immediately related to the topic discussed in somebody else's posting (i.e. Don't change the subject.) I have included some links (below) to some exceptional collections. There are many others on the forum that I have seen, but forgot to bookmark so their exclusion is accidental. These links are to photographs of artifacts; for reference material you'll want to search through world war I nerd's pinned subjects under the WWI US MILITARIA sub-forum. Happy hunting. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/319115-my-aef-collection/ http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/218054-trenchrats-collection-revisited/ http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/202524-trenchrat-display-work-in-progress-opinions-welcome/ http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/282189-my-usmc-ww1-room/ http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/282261-my-usmc-ww1-room-part-2/ http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/282548-my-usmc-ww1-room-part-3-belleau-wood/ http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/283700-my-usmc-ww1-room-part-4-1918-1919/ http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/248378-wwi-us-room/ http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/20563-my-ww1-trench-the-bunker/ http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/13350-my-ww1-uniform-collection/
  6. "Ah, there it is. My house, and good old Cleveland Street. How could I ever forget it? And there I am, with that dumb round face and that stupid stocking cap. Oh, but no matter. Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, around which the entire kid year revolved." -- Ralphie -- I wish that I had something intelligent to add to this discussion, but since I don't I shall make an observation or two. I can't say with any certainty that his first name may or may not be Ralphie, but that's definitely not a Red Rider BB gun, and it doesn't look like it's his eye that he needs to worry about getting to get shot out.
  7. ITAR restrictions prevents the export of such an item. Any item that has been de-milled to specifications acceptable under federal law would be of no interest to him. He can buy his own air-soft locally. If he can't, then clearly it's prohibited under Australian law. Don't get caught in other people's drama. If you get caught trying to illegally export such an item, the legal costs will break you. DO NOT SCREW AROUND! With world terrorism growing, the US government is now taking this type of activity very seriously. What may have gotten a person a slap on the wrist 20 years ago will now get your life royally screwed FOR REAL!
  8. This is a modified woolen coat mostly conforming to specification № 1049 from Nov. 03rd, 1909 through Aug. 15th, 1911. The collar has been modified. Its original stand/fall has been replaced with a standing collar; however, it still retains two pairs of sewn grommets for double disks. This suggests that the original material, which was removed, was re-tailored and then re-attached. Some of the buttons need to be replaced to restore it. They should all be rimless. An uncommon uniform coat that was produced for a year and a half, resulting in small numbers that exist today. M-
  9. I cannot begin to count the number of century old belt buckles I've seen ruined by some well intentioned person who thought removing decades of patina with Brasso would enhance the luster, and hence enhance the display of said artifact. I see them on Ebay all the time, and nobody is buying them. I seem to recall an old adage concerning the road to somewhere and good intentions... In my opinion, ya'll have vandalized those items. I suspect the future may judge you harshly. As Chris noted, the acidic nature of tartar paste may have a negative effect on the underlying cloth that may not be apparent in the short term, but will ultimately cause problems over the long run. Would anyone reading this consider using this technique on century old buttons? Maybe spiff-up the buttons on an old civil war uniform to make it shine? So why do it to bullion? Conservation, not restoration! Msn
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