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  1. That was a great event, thank you everyone who helped put it together. It was the first military show I have been able to attend and I really enjoyed it and was able to pick up some really fascinating items at much less then I probably would have ended up paying on eBay. I look forward to the next one.
  2. I agree the forum seems like the easiest way to have your uniforms viewed by a large number of serious collectors. If you want to do it in person then I would recommend getting a booth at a military show, there would probably be a large number of fairly experienced buyers to view it in person.
  3. I I am not really defending the guy, but in this one it almost looks like you can see half of the private rank mark sticking out from under the paint but its so blury its hard to tell. you can pretty clearly see that there is no white stripe around it. I hope he didn't actually strip down a helmet and uncover a real privates mark and ruin it by adding the other stuff
  4. Hello, I recently came accross this intresting spike knife which looks to have been made from an old spike bayonet blade. I have not been able to find anything similear but it seems well made and reminds me of the OSS "drop knives" that were made using surplus spike bayonets durring ww2. It has a V marked on the pommel. Does anyone know what this is or if it is military? Thanks.
  5. This is my current favorite, although I'm not really sure about rare. Its named to a Sgt. Latta who was a member of the 13th airborne, although I haven't seen his oval before so I can't I identify what regiment he may have been a part of and whether he was a paratrooper or glider borne. What I really love about it is that he was also a member of the 51st Armored Infantry Regiment of the 4th armor, identified by a screw back DUI that I found in his pocket. I really wish that I knew more about the individual because with 3 overseas bars I believe that he may have served for a year in the 4th
  6. I think you may have a very good one there, its parkerized so it's likely late war. The markings are unusual, I think I normally see "US Property" and I believe that I have heard that the GHD means that it was actually issued to the Army/Navy, probably navy. Additionally measure the barrel length, it seems to me that this is longer then the normal 4" barrel that I normally encounter so it may be a more uncommon variant.
  7. Thank you very much for the reply world war 1 nerd, and perticually for the explanation. For some reason I find that really intresting that the lining was made from now obsolete clothing supplies, I guess its a good example of a low budget pre-war army trying to make the most out of what they had. I had stopped displaying it a while ago because I wasn't sure about it's authenticity and had considered selling it but I'm glad I checked on here first. It would have been a shame to have sold a potentially nice display piece for probably less then whatever it's worth because I didn't know what it
  8. I have a question about a M1907 hat made by the Phila. Depot. I purchased a few years ago. When I purchased it the seller did not provide pictures of the inside and I was surprised to find that the lining is blue and the tag is different with only a size and "winter hat", and I have not been able to find a similar example online particularly since examples online seem to frequently be excluding pictures of the lining. The rest of the hat seems legitimate and shows some age. Is this a reproduction or real WW1 M1907? Any help authenticating or identifying this hat would be appreciated. Than
  9. Wow, thats like a work of art. I especially like the marks on the stock from where the folding buttstock hit it, that's the mark of a been there done that rifle.
  10. I think they have some value definatly, I tend to pick them up when i can do so reasonably. They are a neat document from a soldier's military career and sometimes I like displaying them with a different gun in my collection of the type mentioned. I dont do this to fool anyone because if anyone cared they could just check the serial number, I just think its neat and completes each piece. I do believe that I have seen "war trophy" or "bring back" papers for items that aren't firearms, German helmets come to mind, and those I think would probably have more vale because they aren't serialized
  11. That is something that doesn't happen every day. I feel like the odds of them being authentic are higher since it was a chance occurence you found them, I would be much more suspicious regardless of how they looked if the individual had sought you out and solicited them to you.
  12. Congratulations that is a solid representation of an airborne uniform, now you just need to find a nice garrison cap to go with it. I would still hope for the guy to find the documentation and booklet because who knows what additional information might be in it.
  13. It looks good to me, cool bayonet. I was able to find another ones with second serial numbers in the same location that also begin with an A ---- for sale online so I don't think that is an issue, although you are probably right that it means it was used by a second government at some time. https://www.vdzmilitaria.be/collection/en/bladed-weapon/326-bayonet-for-usmc-johnson-m1941-rifle-wwii.html Out of curiosity is the scabbard numbered to either of those numbers?
  14. Thank you guys for replying, and this is part of what is confusing me because it definatly looks like it is WW2 style but I can not find much info on the company. Its worth mentioning that the majority of Flight Ace logos look similar to this one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/173580389845 or have a lot more text included next to the logo. The color and style does seem to be different from the majority of Flight Ace hats. Flight Ace did make crusher caps during the war correct? So it would not be outside the world of possibilities that they may have made garrison caps?
  15. more, plus a ticket stub i found tucked in the folds of the hat that I thought was cool.
  16. I am wondering if anyone can help me identify this Garrison cap I found today, I am having trouble finding information on garrison caps made by the company Flight Ace. I have only been able to find two pictures of caps made by this maker however the coloring on those caps appears different from mine, essentially being that they are a blue background with a green logo. The pipping also seems off to me, I assume that it is a yellow cavalry pipe however it seems darker then the other yellow piping caps I have (could just be me being color blind who knows) and appears to have ribbing (if that is
  17. Better pictures would be helpful, but it still looks like it could be that the striped fabric was sewn over the original military cover. If you look the snaps the striped fabric does not extend to the flaps with the female portion and the holes for the male portion appear roughly torn for the snaps to go through I feel like if it was civilian and originally made like that it would not be so rough. The fabric seen through the hole torn in the top layer seems pretty close to what an original canteen cover would look like so maybe the stripped cover was just added at a later time. out of curi
  18. Thank you, I believe that to preserve the history of the group I would like to do a 2003 era Armored Amphibious Vehicle driver display since that is what I believe the original owner of the gear would have been with the 2nd AA Battalion. Beyond that I really do not know what the options are, but I do know that I would like to eventually find boots, a holster (if he was likely to have one), and any other gear he would have likely been issued to complete the set.
  19. What a cool group, Catch 22 is one of my favorite books ever but for some reason I never knew they made it into a movie. You learn something new everyday!
  20. I just started attending University of Iowa Law School so I'm new to the area. Its good to hear from another person interested in the hobby from the state.
  21. Hello guys, I joined a few weeks ago and decided that maybe it was time I introduced myself. Im Raymond Rector, a law student in Iowa. Ive been intrested in the military my entire, thanks in part to some great role modles I've had in my life. I have been collecting military firearms, bayonets, and TL-29 knives for a while, however since college has made collecting these "weapons" more difficult I have recently switched my interest to helmets and uniforms of which I know much less about. Thank you to the helpful and more knowledgeable people on this forum because this is a great place.
  22. I might give it a try, the worst that could happen is probably that the numbers I get off the internet aren't right or have someone get mad at me for tracking them down over an item they donated. I really wouldn't mind if they wanted it back since he arguably has a greater interest then I do however since the original owner was probably the one to remove the sewn on patches that might not be an issue. I had not considered that but that's a decent point. I had really only considered finding out the history and what rank, unit patches, and pins had been removed but maybe he still has th
  23. The same seller also has another M1 bayonet similarly marked with a "13 inch" blade. Seems like the person cutting it down before it got reissued was lazy and stopped half way through getting to 10 inches.
  24. Yesterday I found a pair of dress blue pants named to the same individual as the previous uniform and went back today to find that his jacket had made it to the rack. I can finally make out the name and it turns out there is a W. F. Snydacker who lives in my city and would have been 24 in 1969 which seems right. I can find no information on him serving online so I guess my research on this piece has come to an end, unless I somehow try to contact him (seems creepy), or wait for his obituary (also creepy). It will be interesting to see if his dress hat, shirt, suspenders, and dress shoes ris
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