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    Collector of period - 1845-1945, with a special interest in ordnance & artillery, vehicles- fuel & horse drawn, Illinois troops and related gear. Researching same.

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  1. My friend has one and it is marked: "French Seventy-Five" and is meant for the mixed drink of the same name. We drank from it at Sgt. York State Park, after firing a series of salutes on the 100th anniversary at 11/11/2018 with a real French-Seventy-Five. Tasted great! illinigander
  2. It was replaced about 1912, but I suspect the old ones were issued until they were gone. illinigander
  3. Have set one up in the rain, (several of us) got a fire going in the stove, and in 15 minutes the grass floor was dry and area warm. It was a good HEAVY shelter. illinigander
  4. Don't know about the artillery device, but white helmets were used by the US forces in Russia. I have an 'Id one to a fellow in the 332nd MG company. It is white with RUSSIA painted across the top. illinigander
  5. Thanks for that information cylekostello, it is always of interest to me. A useless fact is that in the Midwest, Michigan troops tended to be issued .54 Austrians & Illinois troops the .58 Austrians. illinigander
  6. I have seen a few tools marked Ordnance Dept. I do not know what period these markings occurred, and what tools were marked. I have a WW1 blacksmith display and it took about ten years of e-bay to find a 4-hole leather punch that was marked US. It is the only tool in that display that is so marked. I guess never say never. illinigander
  7. Ndhunter1887- My guess would be that it was hard enough getting any tools in the short time it would take to go from a few thousand, to two million soldiers etc., they would use every commercial source possible. I don't think "America's Munitions" by B. Crowell mentions hand tools at all, at least I do not remember if he did. But good luck, I have "tooled" several chests, and it was many antique etc. shops, even with the tool list. It took me a good while to even find out what a brad awl was before I could discover one for a Span/Am display. illinigander
  8. Thanks patches and dustin for that information. The can is actually dated 1943, so much for old guys remembering. I looked up my WW2 gas can list, and I have Arvin ones dated 1943 & 1944. I wonder if the N.S.I. marking was for a different contract, and they did not use the Arvin name? Thanks, illinigander
  9. Is the Austrian .54 or converted to .58? illinigander
  10. Mark- I have the same 19th device on a CW era patriotic cover. Do you know Mark Gaines? PM me. illinigander (Ken B.)
  11. I recently acquired a 1944 dated gas can that has N. S. I. stamped on the top under the handle, instead of the regular markings. NSI, National Security something ? illinigander
  12. Thank for this help Ndhunter. Photos tell the story. illinigander
  13. Thanks to Ndhunter for posting photos. The following photos are of various papers found in my original 10 1917 Enfield chests. One can only guess how many chests contained parts for the BOLO bayonet. The sight envelope measures 4"x 6 1/2", and is just like the old-time pay envelopes. I checked the RIA leather inspector list and the Mr. A.H. Park who filled the boxes was not among them.
  14. I think that the majority of the tools were "off the shelf" commercial tools bought in large quantity by the Ordnance Dept. I think a lot of these tools have no US markings. I have collected tools for a CW Battery Wagon and have a WWI blacksmith display using a Forge Limber and Caisson. The Buffalo Forge limber tool box lists the needed tools, some by size and others by name. It took four years of the "Bay" to locate the correct "Gypsy" vice for the limber. I believe we will never know all we would like. Trying to collect all the tools for various displays takes forever, but the finished
  15. There are also at least two different sizes of painted lettering stenciled on the outside. illinigander
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