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  1. I hit the local flea market this morning, and lo and behold I purchased these from one vendor (generally a junk dealer). She said that they all came out of one estate, but they all seemed to be named to different people. 1st Marine Division - L.P. Blein 1st Marine Division - G. B. Hettinger (this one looks promising) & J Boyd 5th Marine Division - J. F. Brooks 6th Marine Division - Unnamed Are these even researchable?
  2. Tom Lane is the person who runs that site, and he is actually a member of the forum. He is THE go-to guy for PH's.
  3. A "trench art" lamp shade is my guess...
  4. I liked seeing the US soldiers during the fall of the Philippines wearing M1 helmets (should have been M1917A1) and HBT utilities (should have been khaki shirts & trousers). The mistakes with the Germans were just as bad. Since this is the US Militaria Forum, I will refrain, except to say that they were not wearing stahlhelm in 1914.
  5. Let's see if any of the crap they make today can last 90 years....
  6. Could it be that the crew had just returned from being at sea, and these 9 guys hadn't yet shaved? Maybe it was a "before you shave that off, let me get a picture of you!" kind of photo.
  7. Does a penny insert easily into the socket? The general rule of thumb is that if a penny falls through the socket, it is .58 caliber or greater. If not, then it is 45/70. If it IS .58, then it is the M1855 socket bayonet.
  8. Patriot

    Dale C. Anderson

    I learned today that Air Force veteran and well known Civil War/militaria dealer Dale Anderson passed away. He and his wife owned Dale C. Anderson Co. for over 30 years, and had been one of the well known and respected people in the field. He will be missed!
  9. What I find curious are the two pins that were punched through the breach of the cannons (presumably to attach to the hat). The Stokes & Kirk pieces had the prongs soldered on the back - nothing was ever punched through the front.
  10. The Civil War hat brass insignia should have soldered brass loops on the back. Stokes & Kirk (known military supplier after the war) made early reproductions of Civil War brass insignia using the original dies. The Stokes & Kirk pieces have wire prongs instead of the loops.
  11. Thank God they're not all WWII M2's.... that would sink the market for sure!
  12. I agree, it looks wartime. It almost looks like it was made from a coin, which was common.
  13. The season has picked up again, and this is something I found this weekend. This is a Korean War era helmet shell (swivel bail, rear seam, no cork), with a World War II Firestone liner. What is interesting (at least I think) is the paint and decal on the liner. The web chinstrap is World War II style, but has the anchor emblem on the buckle. The leather chinstrap is dried and broken, and can be seen inside the crown of the liner. What are your thoughts?
  14. People don't realize how fast they're actually going. We have become so acclimated to driving at 65 - 70 mph that we don't stop to think about what can happen. Once you collide at that speed, it is then a matter of numbers and physics - a matter we're likely to be on the losing end of.
  15. Not that long ago you could buy an M1 for around $50...
  16. It looks like a 3rd Marine Division tactical marking, or a 501st diamond - but whatever it is, I'm not so sure that it belongs on there.
  17. I would strongly suggest you get a copy of Sylvia & O'Donnell's canteen book. I am providing a link below for a well known Civil War dealer who actually HAS one of these for sale.... for $2,300 http://www.horsesoldier.com/products/military-accoutrements/canteens/11018 Congratulations! It looks like you hit a home run!
  18. Doyler, Yes, wartime badges were sometimes made from coins. They would polish one side flat, cut it into its desired shape, and add embellishments. There are a few examples here on the forum. Care must be used when judging the age of these badges. Aside from fakes, many corps badges are post-war veteran pieces. The example pictured here is a post-war veteran's badge, which were available for purchase through catalog, as well as at some of the larger reunions.
  19. And finally - the last campaign that the 1st Corps participated in before it was merged with the 5th Corps was the Mine Run Campaign, which was in the Fall of 1863. The Third Division of that corps saw the addition of the 7th Maryland Infantry, which was used to bolster their heavily depleted ranks.
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