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Greg Robinson

This is a hard to find item. I believe the Marine Corps Phila Depot made these prior to WW2 and possibly early in WW2. But most used later probably came from the Army. I first learned they even existed when I saw this pic which shows one that a collector discovered on ebay and talked about in another forum. It had been sold as a "British Made" carrier. I'm borrowing his pic since it shows the features that are definitive for ID'ing it as USMC Phila Depot made. Note the web tape strap, square strap end, cast bronze buckle, and mustard tan color shade. A few months ago I was digging through a box of these at a local army store and that yellow color immediately attracted my attention. What I found was a carrier just like this one. Mine is unmarked, another clue that it's not an Army carrier since all of them will be marked with maker, date, and US.

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**PLEASE NOTE: THIS COMMUNITY MEMBER, SADLY, HAS PASSED AWAY**

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/106069-rip-greg-robinson/

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Here is another variation of the Marine-specific pickmattock carrier, made of dark pea-green web throughout...

 

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I've only seen 2 of these, and grabbed both of them; seems to me they're almost as rare as the mustard-O.D. one of Greg's, but that may be a stretch...

The other example has a standard M1910 belt hook instead of the Marines' "Z" type, and like this one, it has no marks anywhere.

Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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The buckle on these is the flat box type used on early M1910 haversacks and carriers:

 

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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Comparison with the mustard-O.D. carrier; couldn't tell you the exact vintage of any of these...

 

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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