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Captain Woody

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  1. I come to these forums to learn and grow my knowledge of the hobby and you guys did not disappoint. Guess I'm just too cynical for my own good at times. This pot was pretty far outside my budget for now, but I was almost sure it seemed too good to be true. Live and learn
  2. I'm actually surprised I didn't see anybody post this here already, but here's the link https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F264593996345 I'm guessing there's either something glaringly fishy about it that I completely missed, but I was curious what better versed collectors myself thought about it. At the time of writing this it currently sits at about $800 with 16 bids. I was hoping somebody could confirm or correct some of things that set off red flags for me: -Raised brass buckles on the chinstraps I know factories used mixed era parts if they had leftovers, but shouldn't an M1C have FLAT brass or steel buckles? -Chincup is very obviously a Navy replacement, can't tell for the life of me if it's original, but I also know that it's an automatic disqualification as soldiers were very resourceful and procured parts whenever/wherever possible -A glaring lack of closeup photos of the majority of the inside of the liner. -Notice on the picture of the liner exterior: paint worn off one of the rivet head shows very new looking steel. I know if the piece was actually original and handled enough to scrape paint it wouldn't be unreasonable to see steel that was up until that point sealed by the paint, but it still gives me pause. -Chinstrap bartack looks off to me. Just a gut feeling, but I've been wrong before. My personal takeaway: somebody slapped this together with mostly original parts (shell paint/ in particular looks spot on to me) worst case. Best case a real gem has surfaced.
  3. That's a beauty. I'm thinking I should share my unissued pieces from my collection. I even have a stone mint CAPAC with the packing paper. I've been meaning to add a minty Inland as someone pit one up for sale here recently, but alas, currently under budgetary constraints
  4. Regarding the look of your insignia, it gives me pause, personally. I haven't had the privilege of handling many confirmed originals in hand, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. Based on your pictures it looks like somebody coated it with a rusty overcoat as the edges of it still appear to be bright white. Also the lack of micro-cracking sticks out to me.
  5. Unfortunately the presence of lead does not guarantee a time period as you can still buy linseed oil based lead white (as well as yellow) paint from high end art supply stores. I have a tube myself I used to restore a couple pots in my collection to painted insignia types I could never possibly afford and are so often faked I could never pull the trigger even if I did have thousands of bucks burning a hole in my pocket. And before anybody gets their pitchforks out the lids were in bad enough shape to justify a restoration and were matched with equally FUBAR liners, one even being a pot Josh Murray restored for me years before. I'm not 100% certain on forum rules regarding outside links so PM if you'd like to know where I got (and one can still easily get) lead white paint and pigments for mixing your own. Lead was and is merely a pigment, the binder (I believe that's the correct term, but I'm open to correction) is technically the base, and the overwhelming majority of paint from that era was linseed oil based.
  6. Do the first three that you named allow to to search databases for military records, or just enlistment records? What about officers?
  7. Are there any known examples of any in theatre 1st ID lids that are painted with that lighter green on the shield? Every example I can find is just the red 1 with the black outline
  8. Thanks, hopefully this topic gains a little more traction and I get some more advice. I wouldn't mind subscribing to a service year round if the cost was reasonable and/or they offered per use pricing as it's not as though I have many pieces to try and associate with a person. If these sorts of resources are on the pricey end of things I also wouldn't mind compensating an individual with access. I'll definitely checking out the Individual Search Forum, thanks for the tip. Is billiongraves just for graves/family plots, or is there a section that allows you to search for an individual's military history as well? Thank you very much! They were absolutely filthy when I got them, but cleaned up quite nicely. I still have to work on some of those rusty washers in the Hawley. I'm thankful all the original components are present and intact, but man do I wish these were stored better. Thank you ! I was elated to get TWO pieces attributed to the same individual officer. Regarding the sweatband, I wanted to turn that back around in the worst way, but my obsessive compulsive tendencies are thankfully outweighed by my fear of causing ANY damage to the liner and/or webbinv. I've worn a liner re-webbed with rayon and a matching sweatband for re-enacting and man, do those button snaps get uncomfortable quickly. I have a size 7¾ head, so I imagine these configurations were only comfortable for people with smaller heads.
  9. I had a sneaking suspicion that WWII enlistment didn't. Does the same go for AAD? Or should I have been looking for an officer-specific database? And is there anywhere I can get more details about his career such as unit assignments? If the info can only be found with subscription based services I'd be happy to compensate anyone that would use said resource to help flesh out his story!
  10. Thank you! If you don't mind me asking how/where did you get this info? I tried searching by the serial number formatted 50 different ways (dash, no dash, space, no space, etc), searched by laundry # & surname, and this was the best I could come up with. The former got me nothing at all
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