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Hello, it should be the "transitional" M-1942 pattern, usually OD #7 with OD #3 binding tapes; in this case (accidental pun!) the colors are reversed but I'm sure it's just the same. What do You mean by "strange material"? Ain't it Canvas Webbing, or Cotton Duck? It also should sensibly smell of typical water-repelling treatment (long time since I've forgot the right name for it). Although absolutely perfect replicas are around (WWIIimp, ATF) and for sure You'd need C14 to detect such a copy when properly aged, there are plenty originals available.

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Looks fine to me...I have a similar one. If it's been used there is usually the slightly faded circular outline of the compass to be seen on the canvas where its edge has rubbed.

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I don't think it's a particularly rare varsion, although I really like it; as You can see from the link posted above, it's just a casual factor to have OD shades switched, I don't think there had been a written rule, it was commanded by the disposability of fabric cuts of the moment. I think that the original specification was OD #7 for the pouch and OD #3 for the bindings, but if a factory was mass producing, let's say, M-1928 webbing gear like cartridge belts, musette bags & haversacks, it would have probably ended with a lot of OD #3 webbing to employ & the pouch would have been cut in shade #3 consequentially.

I also believe that the greatest number of these cases was not even issued, looking at the consistent number of them You can find with clear traces from long term storage but not scuffs nor discoloration from at least the slightest use, let alone the very distinctive smell still so strong.

What I've noticed, it's that they should have been usually stored with yet the compass inside, because they usually show the shape of it, while I've never seen one without that compass imprint; obviously it's just a guess of mine. I also believe that many compass cases, with which the compass was issued, had been turned into a first aid kit case, while the compass was kept inside a pocket or inside the narrower M-24/42 first aid pouches -also just a personal guess.

I believe that the rarest compass pouch is the first canvas model, the zippered one; every time I've tried to get one -and it's been very occasionally- I've been savagely outbidded, too far an effort from my collecting level. One should have the luck of finding one on an unaware flea-market stand.

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I have a couple as well in the lighter shade color.


You will often see these with a waterproofing on then as well and it will darkent he canvas color.Nothing wromg with the pouch.Its real.

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Hello, Doyler took the words out of my mouth, The water proofing makes them darker. water proofed to protect the compass. looks the one in my collection. minus the rust stains. its WW2 & not rare. Thanks for posting, David

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