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  1. I'm not sure...could it be Boy Scout? I have a suspicion that the Depot produced a lot of items for the Marines reinforcing Shanghai in 1937. I don't have documentation to support this, it just appears to be the case in photographic evidence. Thank you very much Jake, that is very nice of you to say! I have always been disappointed when reference books skim over the interwar period, so I wanted to focus this reconstruction on that period. The only other reconstructions I can put together are 1930s CCC or Inter/early war British Empire uniforms. Thank you so much fo
  2. The Marines patrolling the Soochow often wore gas mask carriers due to concerns that the Japanese or Chinese would use chemical warfare during the fight to take the city. Photographic evidence shows these carriers were marked ‘US’ with the benzene ring over two crossed chemistry retorts of the Chemical Warfare Service. MIIIA1 service gas mask carrier; this specific carrier can be identified from earlier models by the straight lines, rather than a uniform curve, along the lower edge and from later models by the lack of a loop on the lower snap fastener. Inside the carrier is an M1A
  3. Thanks 'Flage Guy! It took forever to find all the items to finish the uniform. Thanks Dreamer42! Yeah, everything is original except the service shoes. The following photographs were taken in Shanghai in 1937. I believe they show a food truck supplying the Marines on patrol around the International Settlement (Probably on the Soochow Creek). I didn't either! I found out about them by accident. If you look closely at early/pre WWII photos you see quite a few being carried by Marines.
  4. Thanks Jake! I actually put those photos together myself. It's all original equipment, except the service shoes. Thanks GWS! I'm not sure if you saw my earlier reply to you, but I posted some pictures of China Marines in 1937 with what appear to be seamed scabbard covers. Take a look and tell me what you think...
  5. Thank you very much for sharing that information Jake! Somebody was telling me that the Depot didn't produce meat cans between 1930-1940/41 but if their die press was worn out in 1940, it would suggest that they were making them in the late 1930s, at least! From what I have read, these Marines Corps Variant slings can be seen in the interwar years through the early 1940s. These slings are made of thicker harness leather in a darker shade, are totally unmarked, have a metal staple on each keeper, and have only four sets of adjustment holes on the shorter strap (only two sets visible
  6. Thanks Jake, I hope others weigh in too as I am very interested to know and there is rather limited information on these to be found. I suspect that the hinge plate on the example I posted above is a stamped piece of metal and it lacks the extra support fin seen on the cast hinge plates of both M1910 and M1932 meat cans. The handle is also devoid of any markings or dates. Lastly, the pin holding the handle to the hinge plate is identical to your example posted a while back and unlike any other type I have seen. I have read that DQP meat cans had three or two aluminum rivets, but I ha
  7. Hi GWS, I've always wondered the same! Here is a photo of a marine in Shanghai in 1937 who appears to be sitting next to a Springfield scabbard with a side seam. In this photo of marines in Shanghai in 1937, you can see the top of the scabbard on the lefthand marine, which shows the web belt hook sewn to the scabbard with an extra flap of material (like your scabbard). https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/group-of-american-marines-nearing-the-docks-of-shanghai-news-photo/105212176 This last picture shows a Marine in china in the interwar years (1937?) and besides
  8. I just picked up this Meat Can frying pan today for around $17 and I think it was made by the Marine Corps Philadelphia Depot of Supplies. I added the segmented aluminum plate from an M1932 Meat Can I already had, as this would be the correct for a marine corps meat can. If I’m incorrect in this identification, please let me know!
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