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  1. As far as I know nobody has worked on the house, my dad always insisted on doing everything himself since he was very particular about how things are done. The neighbor that approached the people in the house has been a very close family friend for decades. When he approached the thieves in the act and they told him they were cleaning it out for Uncle John he said he knows the owner and was going to call him. When he said this the people took off. He immediately called the police and my father but they were long gone.
  2. Thank you Garandomatic. I really appreciate it, hopefully it will turn up somewhere and we will be able to recover some of the items at least.
  3. Thank you Phantomf4. It could still be an inside job as you said so I will be sure to look into that more. The whole thing makes me sad and angry all at the same time, the electronics and tools can be replaced. It's really the irreplaceable items, that have no value to anybody but the family, and the emotional turmoil it caused my parents knowing somebody invaded their "safe" home that upsets me the most. I was hoping to at least bring back the uniform items since they were one of the things my father was most upset over but I don't think we will ever see anything that was taken again.
  4. Unfortunately they cleaned out anything of value in the house. My parents were away for an extended period of time and, we believe, the thieves had several days inside grabbing anything they thought had value. The also stole somewhere in the neighborhood of thousands of dollars in tools and electronics, muzzleloaders, paintings, etc. We originally assumed it to be an inside job for the reasons you mentioned but the neighbors saw people carrying stuff out of the house and when they approached them the thieves said they were paid by "Uncle John" to clean out the house. The neighbors didn't r
  5. I know this is probably a long shot but my father's house was broken into and his military items among many other things were stolen. They stole his service greens and utility/fatigues with R.J. William's stamped inside, his MP web belt with 1911 holster and leather magazine pouches, his service medals including a rifle marksman medal and others that I cannot recall, personal correspondence letters were also taken along with his service duffle bag. We would love to recover these items if at all possible. These items have much more sentimental value to my family than the thieves could ever h
  6. I have thoroughly enjoyed this thread and appreciate the research and effort that has gone into it. I feel this is a topic that does not receive a lot of academic attention but it is very important for collectors who are trying to gain more knowledge on period footwear. I myself have just recently started collecting 19th century footwear in an attempt to put together complete uniform displays for the Civil War and Indian Wars era. I currently have a knee high pair of, what I believe to be, late Civil War to early Indian War boots and 3 pairs of brogans. The 1st is a "minty" condition Civi
  7. I'm sorry but due to the angle of the picture it's difficult to tell what the interior measurement of the socket is. It could still be a Martini Enfield but possibly 1895 pattern? Here's a website that describes the differences in the 1853, 1876, and 1895 pattern bayonets. http://arms2armor.com/Bayonets/brit1895.htm
  8. The wool has been heavily devoured by moths, there is what appears to be a cardboard type material underneath. I thought they were cool so I went ahead and bought the set. I would prefer a set of federal knots but these will suffice for now. Thank you, I can see it becoming a mission to find a set for each branch.
  9. It's a great display and everything looks to be in museum quality condition. I have looked at and hesitated on a couple of pairs of gauntlets and wish I didn't now as they are becoming difficult to find. I have an 1840 wristbreaker cavalry saber that was made by CR Kirschbaum that has the more rare knights head stamp. I have not ventured into firearms yet but would like to procure some for my displays eventually. Please keep us posted on the Schofield. I would love to find an 1873 Colt revolver as well but they are too pricey for me. Definitely good to know where .001% are at l
  10. Sorry it's still early for me and I haven't had my coffee yet. 1" would be an awful short socket they usually measure around 3" so I'm assuming you mean 1" for the elbow to the socket? Here's a great site that goes over the different patterns http://www.martinihenry.com/bayonets.htm This site is also very useful and talks about British bayonet markings http://oldmilitarymarkings.com/brit_bayo.html I hope this helps.
  11. Hello, so you're saying the entire length is 24" or is it 24" + 1" for the socket? If so that falls in line with the 1876 pattern martini henry bayonet.
  12. Thank you for sharing it. Are all the pieces owned by the same soldier? That is an excellent point. It does appear that the uniforms were not very "uniform" especially in the harsher, dusty climate of the frontier where the conditions caused uniforms to wear out quickly. My blouse does seem to have all of the qualities described by McChristian so it is entirely possible/probable that it was either purchased or issued from the quartermaster. I'm sure that in the more remote areas there would not be a lot of chances to go to the tailor and custom order a shirt. So we know where 2 of the
  13. Wow, that is one great display you have there! My ultimate goal is to have a complete uniform display for infantry, artillery, and cavalry both dress and undress. I wonder if mine, being an officers uniform, was private purchased and does not fall into the 2000 trial blouses?
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