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    Art-I'm an art student, issues concerning the separation of church and state, Music- 80's New Wave, New romantic, post punk, synthesizer music-Gary Numan to the Petshop Boys, composing synth music, and of course militaria- Pre WWI through Vietnam

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  1. This is a really nice display Mike, it's always great when you post your early items. Early USMC collecting is a tough field when it comes to acquiring items. But I had always thought that part of the fun in collecting was hunting down the items you need, even if it takes years. In the end when you have a complete display being able to share it with others on the forum is most rewarding.
  2. Did such a belt exist? I not aware of that variation.
  3. Based on specimens and research I have done, here's how I have the belts broken down. 1st Pattern Mills, narrow belt ends, no Mills patent markings on the belt ends. ( RayG mentioned he has one of those) 1st Pattern Mills, narrow belt ends, Mills patent markings on the belt ends. ( All Mills Belts had puckered pockets) 1st Pattern Russell, Flat pockets, wide belt ends- The wide belt ends were a feature Russell had on their belts. See post 8 in this topic for more info. 2nd Pattern Mills, wide belt ends, new glove snaps, reinforced puckered pockets, Drab (Tan) color 2nd Pattern
  4. What page is that on? I took a quick look at his book and see that he refers to the Mills 2nd pattern (post 1907) as the third style. But that's not accurate. There are four variations of the M1903 Infantry belt- 1st Pattern Mills, 1st Pattern Russell, 2nd Pattern Mills and 2nd Pattern Russell.
  5. A few items have been added to the Civil War to WW I page. Also US Militaria members will receive a 5% discount off of the order total. A PM must be sent through the forum to be eligible for the discount.
  6. I've created a website as a venue to sell items from my collection- http://www.gloriaromanorvm.com/ I'm not a dealer, I'm just selling what I don't need any more. I'll be adding more items in the future, including some hard to find items.
  7. Though the soldier is using the M1903 equipment and has the older campaign hat, the key to dating this photo lays with the collar disks. As Cavdoc83 pointed out, the soldier wears the 1910 pattern blouse which used four collar disks. But we only see one collar disk on the right side, the grommet behind that is unused. Most likely this soldier is wearing only two collar disks which conforms to the 1912 specs. Though the new 1912 pattern uniform was adopted in 1912 the older uniforms were still in use. At this time you even see 1899 pattern khaki blouses with two collar disks. Same wi
  8. I have an ERDL poncho liner with 1966 contract markings. That's the earliest I've seen.
  9. Hello Solcarlus, take a look at this topic- http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...&hl=shelter See the photo in the first post.
  10. Hi Mike, nice blouse! It's interesting that you note how it appears the pockets on your blouse were never modified but were sewn on that way. The blouse I used to have clearly had been sewn flat. Also I see you collar has it's holes for the collar disks reinforced with thread. Mine just had holes punched in the collar for the disks. I'm trying to remember but I think my coat was also dated 1910.
  11. Finally here's a very late variation of the revolver belt from the early 1900's. The only grommets present are two on the back for the experimental first aid pouch which would be adopted as the M1904.
  12. Photo from eBay of belt with holster hanger.
  13. Photos of belts with grommets. The first is the pre 1895 variation with grommets for the equipment hangers. The hangers were for the saber straps as seen and also a wider hanger was worn on the right hip for the revolver holster. Photos from McPheeter's Militaria.
  14. I looked at "Arming at equipping the United States Cavalry, 1865-1902" by Dusan Farrington. It has a few pages on the revolver belts as used by enlisted men and officers. I didn't find any info on why your belts lack the grommets, but's here what I did find out. Your belts with the brass ends are 1895 and later. The earlier belts had sewn or leather reinforced ends. The belts were made to replace the ensemble of the 1874 pattern leather belt with cartridge box.
  15. I'll look at one of my books and get back to you about the lack of grommets. As for the blue vs. tan, blue was the original color of the belts from 1894 up to 1899. The blue belts were made to match the color of the blue fatigue blouse. The blue belts could also be worn with the dress uniform for parades and inspections. About the time the Army officially adopted a khaki uniform in 1898 it was decided that belts should be made in tan. That was for both revolver and rifle cartridge belts. Going back to a tan belt simplified belt production and also prevented the belts from becoming un
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