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Mac the Knife

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  1. Tonomachi, You are right, my pictures are poor. I will pull the badge and take better ones. Thanks for your feedback!
  2. I got this from an antique dealer several years ago. He had bought a collection of Medals and Badges from the sons of an old collector. He had many rare German WW2 Badges such as 50 &100 assault Panzer Assault Badges, WW1 German Pilot's Badges, etc. Rare stuff, all nicely marked, and looked original. I was making a trade, and I asked him to throw this badge into the trade, and he excepted. It tests as Sterling silver. I understand that these were given to the Kachin Tribesmen who help the Detactment 101 in northern Burma against the Japanese. I understand these have been heavily faked, and that the only way to confirm if it is original to to compare it to a known original. Where can I find an original to compare it to? Any thoughts?
  3. This helmet has a Korean Marine Corp camo cover, but is a fixed bail, front seam helmet. Why is the shell numbered/
  4. M-1 Helmet with USMC cloth Camo Cover. Early fixed bail, front-seam helmet. The lot number under the brim is “56A”, a very early lot number. There is a slight dent on front of the helmet. The number “8” is stenciled on the front and rear of the helmet approx. ¾” tall, in red, and there is a red dot approx. ¼” round at the very top of the helmet. I would like to know the purpose of these numbers and dot. The liner was made by Westinghouse. It has the unpainted “A” washers holding the web support straps within it. The leather brow strap is a replacement, and the nape strap is absent. The liner chinstrap has blackened steel fittings, and the rivets are marked “DOT”, which I understand is of post-war manufacture. Is the cloth frog skin camo cover a first pattern cover? There are random cuts in the cloth. On the sand side the double stitching that runs from front to rear has nicely parallel lines, and each stitch has a double thread look. On the jungle side these stitches appear as two single thread stitch. The stitch edging on the cover flaps are as follows; on the sand side it appears as triangles with open tops, and on the jungle side the top stitching is closed. The EGA stencil on both sides of the cover on the stitched seam, but on opposite ends of the seam from one another. This suggests to me that this helmet was used after WW2. The cover has rust marks, which correspond to the rust on the helmet edging particularly the brow, as well as other rust stains randomly overall. An early fixed bail, front seam helmet. I think the liner chinstrap is Korean War vintage. I wish this helmet could talk. It is an early WW2 steel pot with odd red markings, but with features that suggest Korean War use. I would be interested to know what others think.
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