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There's a lot going on in that photo, great image. Thanks for posting it!


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Actively seeking WW1 4th and 5th Brigade USMC helmets and also a named WW2 Raider green blouse.
I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail, if I could I surely would....

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Happy to add to subject. Almost wrote VFW correcting their mistake but........


"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him" G.K. Chesterton

"A people that values it's privileges above its principles will soon lose both" D.D. Eisenhower


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I wanted to share my latest helmet acquisition. This one is one of my favorites and is number 15 in my WWI Marine Corps helmet collection. This one depicts the 6th Marines Supply company with green diamond. Those who collect these helmets know supply company helmets are tough to come by. I am very excited with this helmet and I think it is a "one looker". It is in excellent condition, including a full liner and chin strap. The chin strap has the Marines initials on it, "WH". I spent hours last night reviewing the rosters and there were only two Marines in the 6th supply company with those initials. The first is W a l t e r A. H I n t z, the second, William E. Holland. Both enlisted in May 1918, and probably saw little action, maybe right at the end, perhaps Mont Blance or the Muese Rover offensive. Holland was injured on 11-2-18, a broken leg and I think he returned home in early 1919. The roster lists him as "DOD 1918". I thought that might be "date of death" but I am now thinking "date of discharge". If anyone has additional info on that I would appreciate it. Because these helmets were painted up just before departure from France in July/August 1919 and sometimes aboard the ship on way home, I actaully think this one belongs to H I n t z who appears to have stayed in occupation duty and came home with the 6th Marines late summer 1919.



If interested, check out this antiques roadshow episode from a few weeks ago that depicts a family owned grouping of a Marine from the 6th Marine supply company:



http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/season/23/rochester-/appraisals/wwi-marine-corps-uniform-helmet--201805T36/



If you look closely, I think you might agree with me that the same artist was likely used for both of these helmets.



I want to thank fellow forum member and friend Vince for the opportunity with this. The best way to acquire hard to find items anymore seems to be through collaboration and networking with fellow collectors. Vince sure came through.



I am on the hunt for a 6th MG (purple diamond) Fifth Marine supply (green square) and a Third Composite battalion helmet to complete the collection. It is always important to have a goal I guess. Kevin

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I am eagerly collecting Pre-WWII USMC material. Any Marine Corps Span Am era, WWI, Banana Wars, or China Marine related material is especially sought after.

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More photos

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I am eagerly collecting Pre-WWII USMC material. Any Marine Corps Span Am era, WWI, Banana Wars, or China Marine related material is especially sought after.

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Stunner Kevin! You painted helmet guys get one, and then two, and then the whole range of colors! BTW totally agree on the networking thing....got some great leads/items from other Forum members!


Always looking for items associated with the China Marines! Visit chinamarine.org

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Beautiful helmet, Kevin. It's the first supply co helmet that I've seen in a long time that I think is period done. Congrats on adding it!


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Actively seeking WW1 4th and 5th Brigade USMC helmets and also a named WW2 Raider green blouse.
I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail, if I could I surely would....

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Thanks gents for the nice comments. Wow Loic, that helmet looks like a twin! Thanks very much for posting. Kevin


I am eagerly collecting Pre-WWII USMC material. Any Marine Corps Span Am era, WWI, Banana Wars, or China Marine related material is especially sought after.

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Terrific helmets, guys! Whats in the carafe Jeremiah?


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That's a stunner Kevin. You really have a fantastic collection.


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Thank you Bryan!


I am eagerly collecting Pre-WWII USMC material. Any Marine Corps Span Am era, WWI, Banana Wars, or China Marine related material is especially sought after.

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Terrific helmets, guys! Whats in the carafe Jeremiah?

That's my apple juice....yeah, apple juice.

 

It's Laphroaig Lore, a nice Islay Scotch.


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Actively seeking WW1 4th and 5th Brigade USMC helmets and also a named WW2 Raider green blouse.
I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail, if I could I surely would....

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Great Helmet Kevin !

Here mine :

Loïc.

Hey Loic, that one sure looks good......

 

S/F,

Chuck


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Hey Loic, that one sure looks good......

 

S/F,

Chuck

 

I think they look like they may have been painted by the same hand - thoughts?


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Some interior pics and the initials HAL. This is for a helmet previously posted. I have a couple pics to refresh the conversation.

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Here is the helmet. HAL is written in pencil on the inside skirt and on the leather chinstrap.

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Great detetcive work, it is quite gratifying to put a Marine with a helmet this way. Here is my 2/5 by the same artist. Kevin

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I am eagerly collecting Pre-WWII USMC material. Any Marine Corps Span Am era, WWI, Banana Wars, or China Marine related material is especially sought after.

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If interested, check out this antiques roadshow episode from a few weeks ago that depicts a family owned grouping of a Marine from the 6th Marine supply company:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/season/23/rochester-/appraisals/wwi-marine-corps-uniform-helmet--201805T36/

If you look closely, I think you might agree with me that the same artist was likely used for both of these helmets.

Yep, I would agree, painted by the same guy. And thanks for the link to the Antiques Roadshow. Does Bruce Herman still appraise for them?

Cody


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I saw that episode, agreed. The helmet looks to have been painted by the same person.


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Actively seeking WW1 4th and 5th Brigade USMC helmets and also a named WW2 Raider green blouse.
I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail, if I could I surely would....

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