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  1. Well, looks like the consensus is that I bought a lot of costume jewelry. Oh well, it was cheap. Thanks, all!
  2. Thanks for the input! These all came as one lot, but that doesn't necessarily mean much coming from a second-hand store... The eagles on the top row looked like the ones the US Army uses, thats what led me to believe they may be military.
  3. I acquired these a while back from a second-hand shop with no background on where these came from. I have never run across anything similar, either in person or online, and was hoping that someone here would be able to provide some information as to the significance/meaning behind the different pins. I was unable to find any markings on them. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Edit: The red and blue pins with the eagle on them are about an inch wide, to give an idea of scale. All have a single pin on the back (the kind that sticks straight out but isn't sharp)
  4. Thanks! The wealth of knowledge here astounds me
  5. I picked up a picked up a metal box today, approximately 12"x16"x8" deep, marked USQMC and 54 below that on the lid. Looks just like the one in the pictures attached. From a brief google search, I believe it is a WWI WWII bread box, but I can't seem to find any sources other than online sellers. Anyone able to identify it, and provide information on how it was used (i.e. was it distributed to front line kitchens, or was it just for storage purposes, etc.)? **Edit to correct from WWII to WWI**
  6. Okay, that's what I was wondering. I don't plan on messing with anything I'm not confident with, and hopefully never run into anything that's live. Thanks for all the help!
  7. Ok, I found a PDF of TM 9-1904, and have been perusing it. Based on my quick glance at the manual, it does not appear to say whether it is safe to remove a fuse from a projectile or not. Am I missing something?
  8. Thanks, I will try and get copies of both!
  9. Can anyone point me towards some good reference materials to learn about the different ordnance types, and what to look for? Thanks!
  10. Thanks for all the input. I will definitely be doing a lot of research before making any purchases. Any other advice is greatly appreciated.
  11. Any Idea what this may be? Seller claims it is a sight of some sort. https://vi.vipr.ebaydesc.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemDescV4&item=142784381452&t=0&tid=10&category=66529&seller=lenjayson&excSoj=1&excTrk=1&lsite=0&ittenable=false&domain=ebay.com&descgauge=1&cspheader=1&oneClk=1&secureDesc=1#lightbox-1
  12. I am relatively new to collecting, and had a safety question. When buying ordnance, how do you determine if it is inert/safe? I realize that this varies piece by piece, and some will be more obvious than others (say a grenade body with no fuse for example), but in general, what are some ways of checking? Or, what are some stories of pieces that didn't feel right, or ended up being live?
  13. Haha, my bad. I will have to remember that for the future. P.s. Thank you for your service!
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