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M1938 Wire Cutter Pouches- 1942- 1945


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Hey all!

 

I began my journey back into the U.S. collecting realm with some very nice unissued M1938 wire cutter pouches from Pineviewsurplus on ebay. I got these for a very good, fair price and saw a chance to gather up several of the same items to have a study on fabric/ color changes throughout the war. There are still a few manufacturers I have not picked up, and for some reason I cannot find a 1941/ 1943 dated pouch. (If anyone knows a source let me know!) Also, if you have any other variations feel free to post. I love seeing all the variations.

 

Sam

 

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Nice collection. I believe at one point on militaryantiquesmuseum.com there was a 41 dated pouch, not sure if it's still there or not

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Is that so? I learn something everyday!! I didn't know any of these could command prices like that.

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Mighty delectable set of Pouches, gentlemen!

 

Just made an order for the '41-dated Pouch; they are not cheap, but they are likewise not common by any means!!

 

Now my poor ol' '41 Cutters will finally have a mate...don't know about finding '40-dated Cutters for the Pouch, though... :dry:

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Flage Guy that's a very nice early 1940 cutters pouch don't see them every day! I'm glad some one picked up the 1941 dated pouch they aren't easy to find ether will make a great set.

 

I've never seen a 1938 or 1939 wire cutters pouch or cutters wondering if they made them? I would think there might be a 39 dated ones out there because the model year 1938 was adopted and production started the next year or all depends on what part of the year it was adopted? Would be interesting to find out?

 

Thanks for sharing.

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Craig, that's an excellent question. I've never seen any late '30s Cutters, and the earliest W.W.II Pouch I've come across is 1940.

I'll bet there's somebody on this Forum who has that data :huh: Like you said, it'd be interesting to find out. Could save a whole lot of hunting!

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

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I have the fully flapped US version made by IND PLAS TA & CO 1944 dated ...will post it up

 

Regards

 

Lloyd

What do you need another one of those for.....you have 6 of them already ?.........

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my girlfriend to me on a regular basis as another piece of US WW2 "Green stuff" aka militaria arrives in the post..:-)

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Here are the manufacturers and dates that they were made (or had contracts) from this website: http://usarmydatadepot.izihost.com/cutters__wire__m_1938_1426.htm

 

STCH AG. CORP1944

AMERICAN CANVAS Mfg. Co

1942

EA BROWN Mfg. Co

1945

FELT NOVELTY Mfg. Co

1942

HAMLIN CANVAS GOODS

1942

Harian Co

1942

HAV. STCH Co

1942

HOFF Mfg. Co

1942

JA Co SHOE

1942JQMD1940

JS & Co S.

1942

LEE Co

1944-1945MTC1942

RMT Co

1942

SCHELL LEA. GDS. Co. Inc.

1944

SCOTT Mfg. Co

1942

SS Co. Inc.

1942

THE HOFF. Mfg. Co. Inc.

1942

VC Co.

1942

WL DUMAS. Mfg. Co

1942

WM.W. STANLEY Co

1941-1942

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I may or may not have picked up a few more variations in the time I posted this... ;)

 

Jim, that JQMD 1940 is beautiful!

 

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Cool. I just ordered a wire cutter pouch for my wire cutter. Unfortunately, you can't read the date or manufacturer, so I'll compare mine with some of the ones you posted. $10 wasn't too big of a gamble for me.

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After considerable research, I found a specification drawing for a Carrier, Wire Cutter, M1929 Spec, # 6-168 (drawing # 2-2-10) after comparing this drawing with the drawing for the M1938, Spec MIL-C-729 (drawing # 2-2-38) there are two differences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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