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TrenchRat

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  1. Hello Hunt, I have only seen a black lining on 1917 pattern coats. I have seen several over the years but I don’t know if they are particularly “rare”. Of the three I presently own, one is sans label, one is marked Siegel Bros and Goodman and the other looks like Bernbaum. Hope this helps a bit... TR
  2. Hunt, my edit timed out so this is what I actually wanted to say... I find most of what I have from on-line resources; I believe ebay is a great source for me as are the typical on-line retail sites and I'm particularly lucky at the more obscure retail sites. I have purchased some of the better coats, gear and such at traditional "gun shows" and local antique dealers. For me, I look to find the not-often seen early winter greatcoats, shawl collared greatcoats and mackinaws only because you don't typically see these in photos and likewise seldom for sale, so I keep an eye open for such things. I like to think these articles make my collection a little more unique and complete. I dig through the photos posted here on this forum, thanks to members such as WWI Nerd and others, my books and elsewhere to inspire me to track these pieces down. When I see such photos, I just need to replicate them in my own way so I'll scour the 'net and other sources hoping to eventually find them... Thanks again Hunt...more to come...
  3. Thank you, thank you Hunt, greatly appreciated... I find most of what I have from on-line resources; I believe ebay is a great source for me as are the on-line retail sites. I have purchased some of the better coats, gear and such at traditional "gun shows" and local antique dealers. For me, I look to find the not-often seen early winter greatcoats, shawl collared greatcoats and mackinaws only because you don't typically see these in photos and likewise seldom for sale, so I keep an eye open for such things. I like to think these articles make my displays a little more unique. I dig through the photos posted here on this forum, books and elsewhere to inspire me to track these things down. When I see such photos, I just want to replicate them in my own way somehow so I'll scour the 'net and other sources hoping to eventually find them...this is the joy of collecting for me... Thanks again Hunt...more to come...
  4. Thank you very much gih, most appreciated. Actually, I may have a 48 star from my grandfather who served in the US Navy 1915-1918, though I doubt is wool. Have to take another look. But yes, that would be a good addition...should I find a place for it...lol... Thanks again
  5. Heya Mike, Thanks again for your continuous support, it is always most appreciated. Watch for an incoming PM; I have something interesting to mention to you and we can go over the photography...
  6. Yes, I certainly shall. I have a few unique and rare additions to post very soon... thanks again!
  7. Manayunkman, Thanks for saying that...I like that description. Ghosts, hope not, but from time to time our little pooch seems to bark at the door...and the hall...never anything there I can see...
  8. BigJohn, Thanks so much for your comments, it is certainly appreciated. I am very glad to have this forum in which to post it...
  9. You made a great deal for 40 dollars ...Im jealous, lol...
  10. Baystate Militaria sells these reprint Mills catalogues for a meager $5.00. As you see, these come in handy...
  11. Color may also, and more likely be, Pea Green...is the strap dated? I should mention the strap has its own catalogue entry...#214.
  12. Good day, I believe what you have is the Mills Army Haversack, catalogue number 240. If so, this features the rare canteen-haversack strap; similar to the 1909 suspenders. Probably why the strap is olive drab in color.
  13. I might add that there is no mention of this type closure in Dorsey's book...
  14. Good day all, I happened to have been going thru some of my excess pre WWI field gear and came across this early Mills (pre 1916 Olive Drab) 1910 dismounted belt. I have had this belt for some time but never popped the snap until today. I found that the pockets have the typical eagle snap fasteners on the outside flap but have on the inside, the LTD receiver such as found on early Eagle Snap canteen covers (see pic'). Question, how common is this? I must have at least a half dozen 1910 model eagle snap belts dating from 1912 thru 1916, in the early OD, pea green and a few in the later khaki (1917 ?), and this is the only one with this type closure. Any thoughts?
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