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  1. Since everybody thinks it's good and everybody pretty much is better than I am at it, what do you think of the white

    dot wear spots on the magnification of the stampings. Is that normal, natural wear patterings or possible sandpapering?

    like I said, I am trying to learn so pleased don't poke fun at me!! :D

    Looks like normal wear. I never made a fake myself so I couldn't tell you for sure. I think they liquid stains are more telling as to its authenticity. I will be able to tell more when it arrives in the mail.

  2. Is this the real deal or an Army modified fake. The stamps look too clean but maybe it was just kept well. I think from looking at Alec's book that the "U.S.M.C." may be placed too low on the flap. However, I think he only has pictures of 1911 ones in his book so maybe the 1912 ones were placed higher up. Also I think the Army ones have a leather string to close the meatcan pouch unlike the Marine one. What do you guys think? I know Alec must have an idea.









  3. Found this while trying to find a first pattern M1910 shelter half. (to no avail) Anyway this a great reference the Army put together. It doesn't go into as much detail or have as many extra rare items as we do, but it had some things I did not know about.


    US Army Field Mess Gear (pdf)

    "U.S. Army Field Mess Gear is a study of Army mess gear compiled by David C. Cole, a former curator at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Museum Division. This document may be used as a reference to assist in identifying Army material culture."



  4. Here are my two ARVN Ranger helmets. I know there are several threads dealing with this matter but I thought I would add mine to see what you guys thought. I am almost positive the ERDL one is legit, as I bought it from George Peterson. The other one I bought at a militaria show. I have never seen one online that is this color but It seems legit to me based on the decal and the aging. George also looked at it and said that it appears to be authentic. Any help in IDing the battalion would be greatly appreciated also.









  5. Is the bag marked to that Arsenal or just the straps? I only have seen Watervliet and RIA manufactured items for the Marine Corps in the earlier time periods. The marking should be at the base of the flap in the center just above the toiletries pouch. Straps were made under separate contracts and therefore may not denote bag manufacture. Arsenal records exist, if you want to trace the history of this item.




    i see the arsenal markings only on one of the straps but they look the same color. I can't see any markings inside the the flap itself. I guess I will have to try and look at it with night vision? I will also look through the records but have you ever seen a font like that? And do you know if the Arsenal produced any USMC items? Thanks for your help.

  6. Picked up this blanket bag and the USMC stamp does not look the like the ones I've seen in Alec's book with the period after each letter "U.S.M.C." However, it is an Indianapolis Arsenal bag, and he says in his books that all the Ordnance factories did their stamps a little differently. Also, on the bottom of the flap you can barely make out the following - "V. [?] [u?] S." Not sure what this could be. I would assume this is a 1889 blanket bag but I was hoping someone could tell me if its actually marine or if its an army fake.


    Thanks for the help guys!








  7. Here are examples of that "USMC/PHILA. DEPOT" ink stamp where I would NOT expect to see them. Taken from Ebay auctions.






    Thanks for the very informative advice. It's a shame that people have to distort history in order to make a buck. It makes no sense to me that there would be a Phila Depot stamp as well as a Long stamp on the same item. Seems almost too obvious to be fake but who knows.


    Thanks again!

  8. Wow! I guess it commanded a premium because it was dated. I own a pair, and I have observed others

    sell on Ebay from time to time; however, none of the aforementioned specimens had legible date stamps,

    nor sold for quite so much. They're uncommon, but not rare. I swear I've seen fewer 1917 pattern

    suspenders for sale over time than I have seen of the USMC 1910 pattern.


    Sorry, no pictures. My auction frame captures are too large to post, so take a gawk at the enclosed link

    before the auction disappears.






    I believe these are pattern 1912 and are extremely rare because they only made them for a brief period of time in the Banana Wars.

  9. I picked this up online. The color looked more green in the picture. There is a triangle flap on one side and botton holes along two sides. Some of the botton holes are not punched through. There are no buttons anywhere which is strange and makes me think it is not World War I. I also have not seen any World War I shelter halfs with unit markings on them.


    Is this Pre WWI? Is the it supposed to be a more green color?


    Any additional picturs or insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!












    Without the flash the color comes up greener.


  10. The shovel cover looks like a Phil Hughes made item. He made several of these about 5 or 6 years ago using old material that had the Philadelphia stamp in them. He didn't t stamp names on them but I know of one dealer who did. Phil uses all original webbing, canvas, thread, wire hangers and lift the dots when he makes an item that had lift the dots on it. He got all the hardware and material at Atlanta Army Navy. His work is phenominal. He is the best at what he does. He has made rigger made ammo pouches that passed as originals... But were sold as repros.



    So you're saying I bought a repro? There looks like there is too much fraying and metal shovel residue on the inside for it to be a repro. What about it makes you think its a repro?

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