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Charlie Flick

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  1. I am posting the auction image here so that years from now we can all see what these looked like. Ebay won't keep those images alive. Charlie
  2. More excellent photos, Nerd. Thank you for posting them. The two Engineers above with the M1911 pistols you posted about caught my eye. The holsters both are using are the Model of 1912 swivel holsters, not the M1916. The soldiers have folded the swivel hanger over the pistol belt to attach it. The M1910 double hook can be seen on the soldier on the right just in front of the holster. The other giveaway on this is the appearance of the leather leg straps wrapped around the bodies of the holsters. The M1916 holster did not use the leg strap arrangement. These guys evidently prefer having their holsters mounted higher up than the M1912 holster would allow when mounted as it is is intended to be mounted. Neat pics. Regards, Charlie
  3. Not USGI. I am not an expert on civilian vintage scopes but it looks a lot like the old Weaver G4 scopes. 4x power. 3/4 inch tube. Regards, Charlie
  4. That is a neat chest. They pop up from time to time but invariably are missing the contents. Here is an earlier thread on these chests that you might find informative.
  5. It looks to me like a heavily modified Marbles Ideal pattern blade. The stacked leather handle is probably original but has been reshaped to give it flat sides. The guard has been reduced in size. I can't see the butt well enough to know what it is but it is not the original butt. It is well done but is substantially different from the way it came out of the factory. I pulled the image below off of the 'net to illustrate what a typical Ideal pattern looks like with a similar sheath. The Ideal was made in a variety of blade lengths. The sheath is a generic sheath that was used by a number of manufacturers for that same blade length. It is not a custom made item. Most cutlery companies purchased their sheaths from leather goods suppliers so one can see essentially the same sheath being used by Marbles, Camillus, Colonial and other makers of that era. (Some Marbles blades are also found with keeper strap snaps marked Marbles.) Regards, Charlie
  6. Scroll to the top of the page. In the top right corner you will see a small envelope symbol. Click on that symbol and your PM mailbox should open up. If you have a message waiting there is usually some indication of that as well. Regards, Charlie
  7. N: That is indeed a very odd M1916 holster. It was made by Harpham Brothers so it is of WW2 vintage. The puzzler is the WS mark on the flap. I have never seen that before. I have seen other markings on the flaps of M1916 holsters, mostly related to State Guard or militia formations. I speculate that the WS might refer to Washington State, which formed the Washington State Guard during WW2 to defend the state after the Federalization of the Washington National Guard. That is only a guess, however. Although it is in rough condition it is an interesting piece. Regards, Charlie
  8. It has been announced that GREYHOUND will be heading for on demand streaming. It will premier on July 10 on AppleTV (a platform that is only 7 months old and one I don't have.) No word yet on if it will ever make to the big screen theaters. It seems like the kind of film that would be best seen in theaters. If not I will hold out for Netflix or Amazon. Regards, Charlie
  9. He is asking about the cross bolts in the stock. The earliest '03s had none, the later '03s had one and the latest had two. From the small image it appears that your stock has one cross bolt (seen in the stock above the trigger guard) but that would be good to confirm. It helps to determine the originality of the rifle. Regards, Charlie
  10. Nerd: Glad to see you back and posting. We missed you here. Charlie
  11. Agreed, Robin. That is an excellent shot. They look like airborne soldiers. I wonder what the 5 gallon jerry cans are for? Thanks for the post. I have always been a fan of the Pack How. Regards, Charlie
  12. Gents: While not really an "edged weapon", I don't think anyone will object if I post this one here. I have owned this letter opener for many years. About 11 years ago I posted it to one of the Insignia subforums here on the site to find out what that crest was all about. I learned that it was the insignia of the 349th Infantry Regiment, a component of the famous 88th Division, the "Blue Devils". The 349th had fought a bloody and difficult war in Italy during WW2. Thus, my guess is that this souvenir letter opener was purchased by a 349th veteran while in Italy. It is probably not something which he wanted to send home to Mom. Rather, I think the soldier figured that this was a souvenir that he wanted to keep for himself, or maybe as a gift to a younger brother. Composed of cast aluminum these naked lady letter openers were a popular item for GIs with time and money on their hands. Our friend and fellow member Frank Trzaska posted pics of a nearly identical opener on his site just this past month. That post can be found here: http://www.usmilitaryknives.com/current_knotes.htm Reading Frank's Knife Knotes reminded me of my own example and prompted me to post it here. Regards, Charlie
  13. Reggie: Welcome to the Forum. I am sorry to hear of the loss of that very nice Collins No. 18 blade. In answer to your question about the aircraft in the photo it appears to be a North American B-25 Mitchell bomber. I don't recognize the artwork painted on the side of the ship, but it looks like a the head of a tiger or other large feline. Regards, Charlie
  14. That's a good technique. Who would have thought of a golf shoe tool for that purpose? I edited the title of the thread to reflect the OP's intent. Regards, Charlie
  15. Thanks for all of the comments, guys. It is fun trying to figure out these little mysteries. Charlie
  16. Avigo: This is a subject which comes up often among collectors. As someone who has collected USGI holsters for four decades I have some opinions on the subject that I will share. I will say, however, that there are many different opinions on this subject. I can only say what has and has not worked for me. Museum professionals and curators insist that absolutely nothing be done to leather other than to blow the dust off. I reject that advice having observed many, many decaying bits of leather in otherwise wonderful museum displays. I believe most would have survived better with a modicum of modern treatment. Do not use Neatsfoot oil. I won't get technical here but it will substantially darken and overly soften your leather. Use it on your catcher's mitt, not your prized holsters. For many years I used Pecard Leather Treatment. I still do so on some items. It does not darken leather or have many other bad qualities. None of my holsters on which I have used Pecard over the years have suffered and most look great to this day. In more recent years I have switched to mostly using Blackrock Leather 'N Rich. It has worked very well for me and my holsters that have had it applied look marvelous. It gives a slight sheen once properly applied that is harder to achieve with Pecard. Other guys will swear by other products such as Lexol, XYZ Brand saddle soap, Connolly's Hide Food, etc. I have used many but not all of them. None I have used have worked for me as well over time as Blackrock and Pecard. I hope that helps you. Regards, Charlie
  17. I ran across this pic and thought it interesting. This First Army soldier has not only captured a German fighter plane he got a pistol to go with it! I don't have any where or when on the image but I will guess that it is an end-of-the-war photo taken at an overrun Luftwaffe airfield. My guess on the pistol is that it is a French Ruby, but there were so many small European auto pistols around that looked somewhat similar that my guess could be way off. Anybody have a better guess? And how about the aircraft? A FW-190? Regards, Charlie
  18. HI Al: No reason why, with proper surface preparation, you could not paint an aluminum dummy gun. Just about every airplane that has flown since 1941 was aluminum, and most of them were painted. The bigger issue is the body work needed on the busted hammer. You can build it up with Bondo and then sand it. Regards, Charlie
  19. I have to agree with Bob and Cobra 6. I am not aware of any high quality, comprehensive books on the military Zippos for collectors. I own the Vietnam Zippos book written by Jim Fiorella and published by Schiffer. While there are indeed many fakes illustrated in that book, there is also some useful information which in my estimation makes the book worthwhile. You might also take a look at Vietnam Zippos - American Soldiers' Engravings and Stories 1965-1973 by Sherry Buchanan. It has a number of great illustrations but attacks the subject more from the sociological and political view rather than from a purely collector's point of view. I am not familiar with the Japanese books mentioned by Bob. In the absence of one great book on the subject you might be best served by picking up all of the books mentioned in order to mine the valuable info and discard the rest. The tips mentioned by Cobra 6 above are sound and will help to guide you in your search for Vietnam era military lighters. I have perhaps a hundred or so military lighters from about 1950 up through the end of Vietnam. My interest is mostly in the U.S. combat aviation units although I do have some Army and Marine ground forces associated lighters. While lighters made by Zippo get the most attention, I have learned that many of my most interesting lighters are those that were made by Japanese makers such as Vulcan, Rocky, Konwal, Super Ace and others. Thus, you may not want to limit yourself to strictly Zippo brand lighters. Good luck! Regards, Charlie
  20. Another great pic, Dustin. Thanks for posting it. Charlie
  21. Here is a closer view of the soldier and his blade. I wonder where that knife is now....
  22. The New Zealand made knuckle knives are well known to both UK and Empire blade collectors as well as US blade collectors who understand that some of those knives were picked up and used by US Forces during the War. Not a USGI blade, these knives in US service would more properly be classified as private purchase items. Contemporary photos of these blades have always been scarce. Thus, when I ran across the image below I wanted to share it with members here. This photo was taken on January 31, 1944. It shows New Zealand soldiers being landed by US landing craft crews at Nissan Atoll in the Green Islands. These islands were Japanese held and were located about 117 miles east of Rabaul, a Japanese stronghold. This mission was a reconnaissance trip. Along with some technical experts the soldiers involved were from 30 Battalion, 14 Brigade, 3rd NZ Division. There were several KIA and other casualties when Japanese forces discovered the Allied force. The Allied forces later withdrew to US Navy APD destroyer transports. The following month the Green Islands were invaded and captured. The first soldier on the left has the knife on his belt. The others are carrying a mixture of US and NZ weapons. Working closely with NZ forces it is easy to see how Navy sailors and other US servicemen could have swapped for or bought the NZ knuckle knives. I don't recall seeing any photos of US servicemen with the Knuckle Knives, but this photo comes close with Navy sailors in the image. Regards, Charlie
  23. This photo has been discussed here before. See the link: Regards, Charlie
  24. What you have there is a Mark V diver's knife. That same design, established by the US Navy almost a century ago, was manufactured by a number of companies including Morse, Ka-Bar, Bomar, Batteryless, DESCO and maybe some others that I have forgotten about off the top of my head. Since your blade and sheath are unmarked I believe that they were probably manufactured by DESCO. It may be a little hard to believe, but DESCO still makes these blades and offers new examples for about $500. Morse made them up until about 20 years ago. Your example is missing the leather strap which allow the knife to hang from the diver's belt so that is a small negative. On value, I will admit that I have not paid close attention to prices in recent years, but given the nice condition of your blade I would value it somewhere in the $400 to $500 range. Of all of the makers of the Mark V knife DESCO and Morse were the most prolific so they are not particularly hard to find. Those made by the other makers were more likely to have a naval connection and, thus, bring higher prices in my experience. I hope that information is helpful to you. Regards, Charlie
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