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    I am a collector of quality military from 1776-1945. I also enjoy selling duplicates of items that I have, or items that fall outside my area of interest. Be sure to check the for sale section often, as well as my website for new items - updated often!

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  1. Excellent! I appreciate the information, as none of this was making much sense to me. I wasn't aware that they would wear these on the belt, but with the M1905 bayonet hanger adaption, that makes a lot of sense. A source online indicated that this style of name stenciling is indicative of the USMC, which you seem to agree. Thank you for the input!
  2. I recently purchased a lot of 8 World War I meat can pouches, but I noticed one that was a little unusual. Notice how even though all 4 of the attachment buckles are intact, one of the carriers has the addition of a carrying hook (similar to what you might see on a canteen or first aid pouch). Any ideas as to what that might be for? Any thoughts on the name stenciling? (7 are named) (4 pictures to follow)
  3. Also... if anyone goes to live auctions (on sight or a gallery), stay for the entire thing. Don't just leave when you got what you came for. You would be surprised at the stuff that pops up that you didn't see - especially at the end. The longer the auction is, the less money people have toward the end. Keep that in mind.
  4. Nice finds! I love auctions too. On-sight auctions are especially fun because you get to go right to the house the stuff came out of. In June I picked up a M1777 Charleville musket barrel and trigger guard (with trigger) for $10! No one knew what it was, and in their eyes it was just a rusty hunk of iron. In my eyes, it was a piece of Revolutionary War history!
  5. For headgear of the 18th and 19th century, I highly recommend "Dirty Billy's Hats" in Gettysburg. He's literally made headgear for the stars, and he gets as detailed as adding the proper contract labels in the forage caps, and produces little known variants of rare pieces of headgear.
  6. I agree, once oil stains something, it's in there for good. Best case scenario is that over time the oil MAY lighten (but never disappear).
  7. Maybe if someone slapped some general stars on there, an Airborne Spade, some MP markings, and a Vietnam War peace sign....would it be real then?
  8. I agree - this is not a cannon ball. Cannonballs were perfectly round, and the weight or diameter should correspond with a 18th/19th century artillery table for proper identification. More than likely, the artillery experts that you mentioned consulted one of these tables, and were unable to find a match. Sometimes it's as simple as that.
  9. I think that movies like "Saving Private Ryan", and "Band of Brothers" gave Airborne (and Ranger) items a boost in value, and certainly spurred interest in World War II history in general. The overall increase in value, however, I think is due to the time tested determinants of value: scarcity & demand. Good airborne items have always been scarce, so the rise in value of those items would have been forthcoming with, or without the movies. There are other areas of the militaria collecting field that also command high prices, and these are unrelated to airborne and the movies that were made
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