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    Primarily WWII militaria with emphasis on the 9th Armored Division.
  1. Rhscott, Are you saying that the D rings that 2 of the straps attach to are the D rings that are to be found on the attached tail or diaper? Right now on my display I have all 4 straps attached to the garand web belt and have been wondering if this correct. TIA CG
  2. Through my limited experience in collecting a few canteens I don't believe any of the above would rate rare. 1945 and 1944 dated cups and canteens are still quite abundant. Some, like your R.M. Co. 1845, would be a bit more uncommon. Of course, condition counts for alot. Your USM canteen cover looks more like someone's attempt at a USMC rather than any official stamping. I am finding that cups, conteens, and even covers date 1942 and 1943 are increasingly becoming harder to find in good to excellent condition. Also 1941 dated canteen covers (excluding Baker-Lockwood) with clear date and maker marked are also becoming rare. An example would be a recent ACME LEA GOODS 1941 dated in near mint condition that went for over $300 on ebay recently. Again, all that I have said is what I personally observe in my canteen collecting experience, so take what you will from it. Best CG
  3. Here is one of my favorites. The soldier on the far left with the carbine has, I believe, an M3 attached to the ankle area as well as what looks like a paratrooper first aid pack.
  4. Thank you Cap. I guess this confirms that I do not have the only one in the world and 'most likely' a military issue. I would guess that because these belts were not stamped with the U.S. that it became a good candidate for someone to try to fake it as a U.S.M.C. original. CG
  5. I recently picked up a near mint M1936 pistol belt that I am not quite sure is WWII or even military issue. Although in near mint condition there is no date and the maker reads only H.M. Co. There is also no U.S. on the belt which would possibly indicate Marines or lend lease. The buckle is made of the light alloy metal. The keepers are painted steel. Anyone ever come across one of these or know if they are genuine WW2 issue item. TIA - CG
  6. Here are my '41s. The one on the left is in an ATLAS 1941 cover, the center one is in an ATLANTIC PROD. CORP. 1941 cover, and the one on the right is in a BAKER-LOCKWOOD 1941 cover. I once had another '41 canteen that I sold to a fellow collector a while back.
  7. It looks to be 100% legit. What is really neat is the M1 helmet's black coated, raised bar, buckle. To my understanding they are very uncommon appearing around the 700 heat lot number, as your helmet is. Great find. CG
  8. I agree with Gil about not displaying everything, but only a few choice items. In my case I can only display a few choice items. Wife and I moved from a home in Michigan where I had a full basement to display my items to a play here in Arizona where my collection has been regulated to a small upstairs area called a Loft. I have made it into a reading/alone time room. Much more of my collection is either under the table in plastic bins or in the two military wood crates or have sold since we moved here. My wife laughs at the orange leather chair I bought, but I tell her it's not orange, it's off tan.
  9. Ebay item 303439261706. What, for me, stood out the most was the difference between the two 'M"s on the guard. The seller, to his benefit, does not state that the knife is a WWII original - only describes the condition. However, he does not give a hint that it may be a reproduction either.
  10. I was at Fort Lewis with the 9th Infantry (3/39th) in 1982 when MREs first started coming out and I remember that we were, at one time, given a LRP packet which was a bit larger than the normal MRE meal packet. It contained all three meals for the day. The 9th Infantry was a test division which means that we were one of the first units to be "tested" with the new stuff. Those first MREs were not real tasty back then. Hope this helps. CG
  11. I believe the money is in the M6 scabbard. Of all six makers of the M6, SBL made the least with only about 7,000 units being produced as compared to Milsco which made the most at about 140,500 units. Blade marked Uticas came originally with an M8 scabbard so the SBL would have been a later field pairing. Another thing is that blade marked Uticas almost seem to be a dime-a-dozen on ebay that, unless in mint or near mint condition, do ever seem to go for much. SBL M6s are believed to be replacement scabbards and would, in theory, go with any blade marked and dated M3 that for some reason or other lost it's original out of the factory M6 scabbard. CG
  12. Phantomfixer made a good point about the 41 lettering style. I really don't believe that this lettering was a style and size that would have found a place in this country and at this time in the U.S. military supply industry. I have been collecting WWII militaria for about 20 years now and have come to the point where I firmly believe, until proven otherwise by credible evidence, that BOYT is the ONLY M1916 holster maker to make and stamp a '41 dated holster. CG
  13. Ebay seller is listing a FINK '41 dated holster. The '41 does not match the size and shape of the FINK lettering, unlike a ENGER KRESS '44 or a SEARS '42 which makes me wonder did any other maker besides BOYT make a '41 dated holster. I am not saying that the FINK 41 is not what it is purported to be, but the letter/number difference does make be somewhat suspicious. Anybody out there that could shed some light on this?
  14. In my collecting I have had 3 1940 dated canteen covers and, like Tim's, all have been made by LUB. PROD. CO.. I sold two at a couple of militaria shows and still have one left in my collection. The material as shown by Tim is that light green (OD #7?) which seems kind of odd for 1940 plus all 3 of mine plus most that I have seen tend to be in the lightly used category which makes me wonder about when and to whom they would have been issued. It wasn't all that long ago that they came up every once-in-awhile on ebay and could be found on some militaria for sale sites; however, now it seems that they aren't poping up much anymore. One neat thing is that LUB. PROD. CO. also manufactured a 1940 dated first aid pouch that matches well with the canteen cover. The pouch also has become pretty scare lately. CG
  15. Kurt, Thanks for the clarification. My bad! The 507th, originally an independent regiment attached to the 82nd for D-Day, was transferred to the 17th in August 1944. Again, thanks. CG
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