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  1. This most definitely looks like a Confederate soldier serving in the WESTERN theater of operations (west of the Ohio). The uniform is very typical of what was produced in this theater early in the war - and my guess is that the band going around the base of his cap is a branch color.


    These early war images from the west are actually very scarce, and just adds to the desirability of the image.


    Of note: The uniform is nothing like what was worn during the Mexican War, nor anything that was worn by Mexican troops at any time during this period.

  2. This is definitely an albumen reprint of what was probably a tintype. We know this because we can see where the oval matting was from the original image. This was a common practice in the years immediately following the Civil War. Unfortunately, these copies are not worth nearly as much as the original image. If this was a tintype or CDV, this would easily be worth $400. As it stands, $100 would be pushing it. In fact, many Civil War collectors tend to stay way from such images because they prefer images that are not copies and are original to the period.

  3. I have been collecting Civil War for 20 years, and his was the only one that I have seen for sale. I've seen them in books - that's about it. If I remember correctly, Dave said that in 40 years of dealing, he has owned TWO. I think one was an officer's uniform, the other enlisted. When you do find them, they are essentially a once in a lifetime opportunity.


    I'll keep routing through attics and old houses and keep you posted... haha


    I did manage to pick up that GAR document for a Civil War Marine who was wounded at Fort Fisher - again... that was MY once in a lifetime find.

  4. In the same above reference, Enjames continues on page 34:


    "The US Army authorized in 1938 a summer/tropical service uniform with tan cotton trousers and shirt (otherwise known as the chino shirt and trousers). In 1941-42, this cotton uniform also provided the basis for field dress in the summer or in tropical regions."

  5. According to page 28 of Henri-Paul Enjames' book, "Government Issue Collectors Guide":


    "The US Army introduced a service coat with open collar and peaked lapels in 1926. It was also part of the field uniform until 1941 when the new cotton Field jacket was adopted. The first pattern, approved in 1939, and standardized in 1940 had a partial lining, a pleated back for ease of arm movement, a half-belt and belt hooks. The hooks were eliminated in March 1941, together with the russet leather garrison belt. The latter was however often retained for off-duty dress. The Service Coat not being part of the field uniform anymore, the back pleats were deleted in June 1942 (revised Service Coat M-1942). During the fall of 1944, the Service Coat was classified as Limited Standard, but it was not actually replaced by the Ike jacket before the very end of the war."

  6. This forum is great for selling items from World War I through Vietnam. If you have something from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, forget it. You could have a Confederate bayonet and scabbard for sale on the forum for $3,500, but you would have to mark it down to less than a thousand to make a sale here. If you sold such an item on eBay, or perhaps on consignment elsewhere, you would have no trouble getting $3,500 for such an item. With that in mind, I think that if you want to be successful as a seller on the forum, you need to sell items that are popular with most of the people here. Even then you need to be patient with your pricing. If you want X amount of dollars for an item, don't be too hasty to mark it down (unless you need fast money). Most dealers keep an item in their inventory for weeks or months before they connect with a buyer. Here, I notice that folks mark things down days after posting.


    As for pricing, I price things to make a profit. The things that I collect do not come cheap, so I need to generate a cash flow that will support my hobby. I don't usually mark things down too much, because my pricing tends to be fair and competitive with my competition. I might reduce items by 10% or so, but if an item does not sell I will usually concede that there are no buyers right now that are seeing it, and I will either try again in a few weeks, or sell it elsewhere.

  7. The blanket would not have gone inside the haverack, but rather on the outside of it. Combat suspenders may, or may not be worn with the cartridge belt. Some collectors prefer them, while others contend that Doughboys did not wear them in 1917.


    The helmet should be void of any insignia. The uniform should be void of everything except for collar discs and rank chevrons. To be complete, an issue shirt also would not be a bad idea.

  8. Patriot,


    I can see your point. However, I think there has to be a balance between all of the areas. I think sometimes people get bogged down in the minute details and lose sight of the historical aspect. There comes a point when people need to agree to disagree and stop arguing for the last word; no matter how many times you repeat something you cannot make someone change their mind if it's already convinced otherwise. How many times has someone posted that picture of the poor dead horse? :lol:



    In other words - let's not worry about the number of particles of cork on Johnny's helmet, and more about where it went when it was worn! :lol:

  9. I actually see it both ways. Firstly, the reason that I collect is that I have a profound love of military history. As such, I enjoy collecting it, and owning my little piece of our national (and global heritage). I read about the history that surrounds the pieces that I have in the collection, which makes our past all the more tangible. So YES, I definitely enjoy reading the historical references on this forum.


    HOWEVER, this is a military collector's forum - which centers around the artifacts that shaped our history. In many ways this goes hand in hand with the history itself, but not necessarily. This forum serves as a great resource for not only making friends with similar interests (Lord knows, not everyone thinks like we do), but also as a valuable place to learn about the artifacts themselves. Fakes are prevalent, especially among the high value items - so a lengthy discussion or debate about the authenticity of certain items is not only beneficial, but essential for the growth of our "hobby".


    Lastly, value is important - but it should not be the DRIVE that causes you to collect. There has to be heart and love behind it.

  10. I have collected Civil War for 20 years - and though I have never seen an .577 Enfield bayonet married with a .58 M1861, I am sure it was done. If it fits, and it is what the soldier had available as a replacement - then why not? Often times there is no exact science to this - and certainly no documented evidence of such practice - but it is certainly not unthinkable for a resourceful soldier to marry the two together.


    Through my eyes, it looks like there is an anchor present. Take it as you will.

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