pump 150 Posted June 27, 2016 Share #76 Posted June 27, 2016 Very interesting read to say the least, honestly was a bit surprised when my original thread drew a so called "ho-hum" attention level overall and quickly faded, as expected with no other examples seen I guess, but glad a couple more have surfaced to spark the conversation back up. GC hope you don't mind me adding my cleaned up photos and info here in your thread so that it can all stay together for future reference in one spot. I fully understand the concerns expressed by fellow collectors as to the authenticity of these due to the total lack of past known examples and little documentation. As said in my thread, these pieces are what they are and have to be looked at as such and judged not only on their appearance, but also on what is known of its use in the past. Also as I stated before, I am not 100% claiming they were made for the tests, for a unit, or as a repro, just here is what was found and what can we all come up with in regards to our own opinions and further research. Also glad to see the second example seen posted here as well. I have talked to each of the individuals who sold these covers over the last two years, the first two did have knowledge of the test covers. Mine thought it was a field made example not a true factory produced model, the second did think it was an experimental from the period and it's story was that it came from the estate of a long time collector in the region. GC's was shipped out of Arkansas however was purchased from an out of state auction clearing house along with a wide variety of other period military items, this seller seemed confident from his past experiences with the dealer it was a legit used piece, but was rather surprised by what it was thought to be as evidenced by the selling price. Now those are the stories as told to date. The construction of my cover does differ than the other two seen in that it does not have a true "USMC Cover chain stitch center seam". It is simply two pieces of HBT sewn together using a similar type thread as used on the rolled edge, however the overall construction method, material, edge roll, and drawstring does include it with the others. If those are judged to be fakes that's fine, then mine must be a cheap knock off of a repro'ed fake. If mine helps in some way to determine one way or the other that's great too as it was the first one to surface two years ago. Here are a few photos - Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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