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  1. Since i’m not doing much at 3 AM and this seems to be getting traction, i dug it out and took photos of all the writing on it. The name, chevrons, and writing all seem to have been done at different times with different pens. Something interesting i noticed is that the sergeant markings on the left sleeve have been done with a stencil or at least utilized a stencil , while the right sleeve seems have been freehanded. Also i would really appreciate if someone would be able to try and track down some information M H Boggs, i haven’t had any luck and i would really like to get some more backgroun
  2. I’d be happy to provide some more photos when i have some spare time, and i believe it has two buttons on the wrist
  3. As of recently, i’ve taken up a-lot of restoration projects and this is one of the worst of them all, it was a barn find from NJ, assuming it was taken home by someone working in a shipyard and forgotten about. It ended up being auctioned as a “Germany helmet” and had very far away photos of it taken, i managed to buy it for $31 and its been sitting in a box since. I wanted to post the pre-restoration photos as i thought it would be interesting to have a thread that documents its restoration, i’m hoping for the best as i believe the outside will clean up very well using vinegar, i don’t have m
  4. Thank you all for your advice. I’ve begun the restoration process for the holsters today, i picked out the grimiest and worst condition holster out of the lot as a sort of experiment piece for this whole project so if something goes wrong, i don’t ruin all of them. My first plan of action was to wipe it down with a rag, which seems to have done amazingly well and has seemed to clean it up very well which gives me hope that the others will clean up even better. This also brought out some previously unnoticed initials which was interesting, don’t know the provenience of these initials but i’m me
  5. I recently got this amazing P41 shirt for around 60$ off of eBay, its named to a M H Boggs, has sergeant marking on each sleeve, and has “M Boggs, Saipan? (I assume thats what it says as its pretty faded), 1942 1944, Lucky Japanese” written on the inside. Its in immaculate condition except for a bit of fraying, some fading of the USMC and EGA, and some white paint that splattered onto it.
  6. Been busy these past few days but i wanted to finally pick up on some restoration projects i pushed to the side. I got these holsters back in November for 25$, i had made plans to restore them but school got me off track and i basically forgot about them until i found them buried in my web gear pile. What would be the best course of action to restore these holsters, all of them exhibit mold, and oxidation on the brass, also some of them are missing hardware and i’m wondering where i could get replacements. Also for anyone who is curious, they’re 43-44 Enger-Kress holsters.
  7. Yeah its very similar to the helmets i’ve seen in places like Manila, Philippines, etc. but we’ll never truly know. And it sure will, i’ve been working on a early WW2 Marine display for about a year now and this will be the helmet i use until i get a early WW2 configured fixed bail with a Hawley liner
  8. I think both of your arguments are valid points, and i will take them into account as i explain my thoughts on the helmet. First of all, i totally agree with you on the point that its condition is due to poor storage, but i don’t think thats the main cause. I believe it was also in combination with long exposure to a humid tropical environment, which would explain the horrible condition of the leather liner as leather didn’t do well in those environments. The helmet also displays heavy wear (Dents, large chips in the paint, and the paint is pretty worn out on the top)
  9. I can’t be 100% sure it really was a Marine helmet, but thats what it was marketed as so I'm just going with the little information i have. And i’ll provide some examples and go more in-depth in what lead me to my conclusion later today since i understand the skepticism of someone claiming something without definitive proof.
  10. Having something like this helmet where you can verify its great history is a truly amazing thing to have, even if you can’t find the name behind the man who used it, though i really wish i could of.
  11. You both are right, i went through the screenshots again and realized the mistake i made after reading your comments. I will try to figure out how i can correct my error as i don’t want to mislead anyone, even on accident.
  12. I came to that conclusion because it looks and fits the part of a Pacific-used Kelly. The ones i’ve seen for the most part look exactly like my helmet in wear, damage, etc. and there was things that alluded to it being in tropical conditions such as the build up of sand on the brim and the condition of the liner. All of these things build up to my conclusion that it had been used somewhere in the Pacific, though i will never know where it was specifically and the extend of its use.
  13. Here i have a US navy inflation belt used by a Marine in post-war Japan, it was made for the Navy by Firestone Tire and Rubber co. on October 18th, the year of manufacture is too smudged to be readable sadly. This belt has the name and initials of a E. T. Sawicki, presumedly the Marine who ended up with the belt. It is in rough condition and has wear and tear throughout it, and is missing the end caps for the valves. I won this from a auction which was put up by the friend of the grandson of the former owner of this belt who stated it that it belonged to a Marine who served in Post-war Japan.
  14. Here i have a early war M1941 lower pack, it lacks any marking which dates or identifies when and where it was manufactured but i presume its depot made. It has multiple names and initials on it and one unit marking that puts it with the 5th Amphibious at some point in its service life. Overall its in pretty rough condition and has been put through the wringer, but still a amazing piece to have.
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