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  1. Here are two more photos of the (second) belt. I had to darken the first photo as the black ink markings bleached out with more exposure. The buckles are brass, but looked pretty corroded in the initial picture. Also, the belt appeared narrow because there has been some shrinkage. The brass eyelets look a bit like "bug eyes" since the webbing has shrunk down:
  2. Thanks for the affirmation on the belt. Regarding the canteen, photo attached. I dug at the web straps but they are completely stitched with no gaps to slip a strap underneath. Also looked at the other belt. There is a very weak, two-line marking in very faded black ink on the inner, female side and just the hint of "US" on the outside. I noticed the angular latch pieces are a bit unusual and made of brass. My father (a 26 year USN veteran 1931-57) once told me servicemen used to dye their utility belts in a bucket of hot coffee grounds & water, when getting worn or faded, to help get some
  3. Wanted to make a correction to my submission above and add the 4th photo of the additional marking. I looked closely at the manufacturer's ink stamp marking. In good light it does not appear to be "R.M.CO". The marking is longer and am pretty sure I can at lease see a "O" & a pair of "SS" in it (or could it be "RUSSEL")?
  4. Timely inquiry about the M1936 USMC utility belts. I got the one pictured last week at my local swapmeet. It came w/another khaki belt in somewhat lesser condition ( U.S. marked), a 1918 USGI canteen, canteen cover which has several reinforcement straps on the side and bottom, Avery 1944 and "J.Q.M.D. 1942" first aid kit pouches (in ex & vg+ condition respectively)...all for $15.00. The USMC belt appears to be marked "R M Co 1942". There is no "U S" on the front of the belt. An additional marking in black ink, which might be the name of the Marine it was issued to, is stamped on the righ
  5. IMHO the seller was, in a roundabout way, saying he preferred not to take a BIN offer. So long as there are no bids on an item, making an inquiry if the seller would accept a BIN is fair game. However, trying to get the seller to either pull the item if there are already bids on it, and/or consummate the transaction offline is not only a Ebay violation, but a tactic only someone without scruples would do and unfortunately such characters seem to abound.
  6. There are a number of factors in what I prefer to call "aberrational" prices for collectibles. Thirty years ago, we did not have the internet. There was no "on-line" bidding except through a telephone. Items for sale were listed in trade periodicals like The Shotgun News or via the old "send me a SASE for a list". Yes there were auctions, but most were local ones with very few advertised on a nationwide basis. With the introduction of the internet, auction sites like Ebay, web-based advertising, and online bidding, prices began to increase. Back in the day, I had to drive to collector shows
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