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Jake the Collector

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    I collect USMC depot-made field gear produced between 1917 and 1943.

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  1. Sandpebbles, your reconstructions are very, very impressive. They belong in a reference book. Do you happen to have any others representing different eras? Raul, here is the document I was referring to. I was generously given a copy by a fellow forum member.
  2. Hey Sandpebbles, May I ask where you got these photos? They are excellent.
  3. You raise very good points. I had not considered the lack of support fin or the attachment pin. Taking another look at the design change request submitted by the Depot Quartermaster in 1940, I noticed that not only was the removal of the third rivet recommended, the need for a new die press for hinge manufacture was also noted, as the old die had become worn. The request reads, "In the event of these changes being approved, it is requested that authority be granted to manufacture a new die for manufacturing the new type hinge. The die which is used in the manufacture of the present type hinge
  4. Great photos, Sandpebbles. Thanks for sharing. The scabbard in the first one is definitely Depot-made, evidenced in the side seam as you mentioned, though the second is more difficult to tell. As for the meat can, I could be wrong, but I think depot-made examples typically have a more oval-shaped hinge plate with larger rivets. Moreover, the hinge appears to be of cast metal rather than stamped metal, unlike those found on depot cans. Again, I could be wrong. My knowledge of meat cans is rather limited. Hopefully others weigh in.
  5. Fantastic additions, GWS. I really like that minty scabbard. Here's a second-pattern canteen cover I picked up recently:
  6. Picked up a 1907-dated M-1905 bayonet with Depot-made scabbard at the Show of Shows. The scabbard is named on the side against the pack, but it is difficult to make out.
  7. Nice rig, 'Flage Guy. As I mentioned in my last post, I suspect these non-roll-top packs fitted with blackened 2-bar buckles were produced not long before the Depot began making the roll-tops, but I could be wrong. Perhaps they just mixed and matched throughout the entire production run. Either way, I have learned now that it wasn't a post-production modification.
  8. Hi Collector, I look forward to seeing more of your items. When I mentioned your pack, I was referring to the actual metal buckles themselves. What I meant was that one usually sees those second-pattern (post-riveted, with reinforcement strips running vertically along the face of flap) haversacks fitted with the Depot's characteristic brass "box" buckles. 'Flage Guy's example in post no. 58 shows what I'm talking about. But considering the Depot dropped the square buckles in favor of the blackened Boyt-style buckles later in the war (see 'Flage Guy's roll-top packs in posts 70-72), your pa
  9. Very nice collection. I really like those early leggings and that shovel cover. It's also interesting that the haversack has been modified with Boyt-style buckles.
  10. Barfield reached the rank of corporal in F Company, 1st Marine Division.
  11. Today I received this depot-made M1910 meat can pouch from a fellow forum member. I suspect it is one of the earliest runs of meat can pouches produced by the Philadelphia Depot for two reasons: the early-style serif, rather than block, lettering of the depot stamp, and the thin web tape used to secure the four attachment loops, as opposed to the heavier material used later on. More significantly, the pouch is named twice: once to a "Kunth" of 2nd Company, and once to Henry Hassel Barfield. Henry H. Barfield was born 9 February 1922 in Greenville, North Carolina and entered the Marine Corps on
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