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    San Antonio, Tx
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    Collector for 30 years. WW1 US Army & USMC, WW2 US Army & USMC. WW2 Japanese Uniforms & Equipment. US fighting knives and weapons. I also like Vietnam era Uniforms & Equipment. Veteran, USMC.
  1. WW2 USMC Camo Helmet covers are made of cotton material and sewn with cotton thread. A burn test will tell you if the stitching is polyester or cotton. If you can get a loose thread off different places and hold a match to the thread. Polyester (post war) thread will curl up into a hard plastic ball. So will WW2 Rayon but the rayon ball crushes into ash between your fingers, polyester will not. The real McCoy was sewn with cotton thread. A 100% WW2 cotton thread will burn clean like a fuse but leaves hardly any ash residue. There is no mistaking the Polyester thread. Also a blacklight in a dark room will tell you if the thread is Polyester. Modern sewing machines have to use Polyester thread, cotton thread is too weak and breaks in the modern commercial machines. They still use 100% cotton material but everything these days is made with Polyester thread. The blacklight once you learn how to recognize fluorescent glow from white reflection will tell you if thread and material is polyester. Polyester is basically plastic thread ( very strong ) and because each strand is a solid plastic tube it fluoresces and carries light like fiber optic cable. That's why it glows in the dark. Cotton will not glow. The best way to learn is to view a WW2 cotton patch and a modern polyester patch in the dark side by side. There is no mistaking polyester, it glows like a neon sign under the blacklight in a dark room. Al the repro cotton web gear looks real genuine but is sewed with polyester thread, especially the repro German equipment I've owned & inspected. The stitching thread will give it away under a blacklight or burn test. Michael.
  2. Hello Jaqueline, I really love your super talent. I feel like redoing the faces on my mannequins if only I had your artistic talent. Your work is 1st rate and I would be proud to have any of my soldiers decked out with your faces. I suspect even my collector friends would gladly like to have some too. I think if the Museums I worked with could duplicate your talent they would quickly change their preferences too. That's why I said your work could change how Museums display their vintage uniforms if they could only see how realistic your work is. My early attempts were so hokey looking they look better now one solid color. Anyway, thank you for sharing this thread with us. I will definitely share this link with my friends
  3. WW1 US Army Doughboy uniform circa 1919.
  4. When I 1st started looking at this thread I was amazed at the lifelike art form of the faces and heads. Early in my collecting years I always painted the faces and heads on my display mannequins. As I began to work with other advanced collectors and especially with Fernando Cortez of the US Air Force Museum curator I would ask why they preferred abstract faces and mannequins. As Mr Cortez explained, if you give the mannequin face a lifelike appeal your eyes go immediately to the mannequins face and make eye contact. Just like looking at a real person, you tend to remember the face and not so much the uniform & equipment which is what a museum is displaying. As he would say, "are you displaying the person or the artifacts"? Gradually I began to go back and paint over the hard work and time I put into realistic GI faces on my heads and mannequins. As I learned, with an abstract face, you eyes are drawn to the headgear and uniform foremost. I was never as good as the artists portrayed in this thread the but realism displayed in the combat faces makes me wonder if this style will be the way of future display trends. I will post a few of the mannequins in my collection. I have collected uniforms and equipment from the Spanish American war thru Vietnam for 30 years now. The 1st picture are WW1 Marine named uniforms in post war Parade Dress, Michael.
  5. This show is currently the best Militaria show in our state. You will not be disappointed, Michael
  6. Wow. a super USMC Glengarry cap in Forest Green. This is the one style of WW1 Marine cap that I'm still looking to pick up even though I quit buying stuff a while back. Thank you Fry for sharing it with us.
  7. here are the other pictures, not real sure how to post pictures.
  8. This is a great topic. Here is my WW1 USMC Overseas Cap I picked up a few years ago. I believe it to be a WW1 4th or 5th US pattern cap but may be a private purchase cap. The top center fold has been omitted and sewed together into a peak that was popular well covered in this forum on Trench Caps. It also has an embroidered hole for the EGA that is also done beginning with the 4th and 5th pattern WW1 caps. The material is a soft Melton wool about 20 oz weight which is correct for the US Pattern Overseas caps. The EGA is the correct WW1 wartime model emblem. There is also a small wartime AEF pin attached on the right side. The AEF pin was not an authorized item and would have been frowned on Stateside but more than likely was added after the Armistace or boat ride home, and maybe even for a reunion. I'm going to try and attach some photos. I would appreciate any feedback or knowledge on this cap. Thanks.........Michael.
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