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This figure is set up as a soldier of the 108th Regiment, 27th Division, serving with the British Army.

Since the men of the 27th (and 30th division) were armed with British rifles, this figure carries a British-made bayonet for the SMLE rifle in its frog.

This figure also has the British-made small box respirator and satchel (actually, all my early figures carry the British SBR).

Rear view shows the SBR carrier cord properly laced around the neck strap on the back, beneath the haversack.

Also displayed here a not often seen M1910 cartridge belt with eagle-snap fasteners in khaki web with a M1907 FAP

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In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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This collection is beyond outstanding. It’s not flashy, it’s perfect. It is the definition of a well rounded collection area. I wish I could have the collection focus that you do. My focus is all over the place.

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This collection is beyond outstanding. It’s not flashy, it’s perfect. It is the definition of a well rounded collection area. I wish I could have the collection focus that you do. My focus is all over the place.

 

Lancer-86, thank you very much for the complement.

 

As I wrote in my opening comment, my collection was at one time all-encompassing; I had displays from 1902 thru 1968.

 

But, I came to realize that if I wanted the best for the heart of my collection, that being World War One, I had to stop what I was doing, sell off everything else but WWI, to allow (i.e. afford) me to get my hands on those rare and hard to get pieces that a well rounded WWI collection would have. Since I made that somewhat painful decision to do so, I have been able to obtain Army aviation Pilot uniforms and flight helmets, other rare uniforms and accoutrements, etc.

 

I will post my aviation display later on as it is in another room...

 

Thanks again for the comments

 

Actually, I still have a lot of my pre-World War One pieces...it was very hard to separate myself from those...


In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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A couple of other not so often seen items; an early M1917 cartridge belt with rounded and taped flaps and a later pattern shawl-collared mackinaw...

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In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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This figure carries a 1918-dated bandolier...

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In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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I think I've seen this photo before. I've always loved it and use it for inspiration.

 

Thanks.


Wanted: Missouri Medals

 

I am always in search of Missouri Medals and Items. This could be anything from WW1, WW2, Prisoners of War, Ephemera, or anything pertaining to Missourians.

 

I thank you for your time and consideration.

 

-Without a witness, they just disappear.-

 

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In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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I think I've seen this photo before. I've always loved it and use it for inspiration.

 

Thanks.

 

I'm sure you did...it is in a few places here...

 

Glad it served some purpose..!


In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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Something you don't see everyday...an Artillery Megaphone...

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In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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wow.. just WOW. Presentation and quality of these items is breath taking... THANK You for sharing !


Sincerely, Michal

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Nice collection and setup but the question is how do you keep the uniforms protected from dust buildup


Dwayne

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Bonjour.

 

 

Nice presentation. Has the grenade bag been used by the A.E.F.?

Sol.

 

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Glen it's very nice to finally see your displays in your new museum-room.

 

There were some nice touches on several of the manakins that I really liked.

 

It would have been nice, though, if each manakin had a title explaining what branch, duty or task each display was dressed & equipped to represent.

 

That minor criticism aside, everything looks Fantastic!

 

By the way, despite seeing several helmets fitted with the officers' service cap hat badge, I'd always wondered if that insignia was worn on a helmet during the war. I thought you might like to see this answer (see the attached photo) that I stumbled across today in some newsreel footage of 2nd & 89th Division Doughboys that was filmed during the St. Mihiel offensive in September of 1918.

 

Once again, Glen, congratulations on what you've accomplished.

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Hey Brian,

 

Firstly, thanks so much for the image of the helmet bearing an officer's cap badge. It is always great to see the proof in "black and white".

 

Secondly, thanks for your comments, I certainly appreciate that. I try to make these figures as authentic as I perceive them to be. As you know, getting this display room built took a fair amount of time. It's good to have it complete.

 

And thirdly, well, I must say that I was not sure if I should have identified each figure. Since these are all reconstructions, I did not want to give the impression that I owned five or six original First Division uniforms, and I true 308th Infantry MP.

 

I probably could stated in my opening that these figures are reconstructions and then gone ahead and explained what each figure represented.

 

Anyway, thanks again....it is always good to hear from you...

 

Glenn


In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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Bonjour.

 

 

Nice presentation. Has the grenade bag been used by the A.E.F.?

Sol.

 

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Bonjour, solcarlus,

 

Thank you for your comments.

 

As for the grenade bag, (or properly Grenade Haversack) well, I have never seen, nor do I believe anyone else here has seen, an image of a grenade bag in service in Europe.

 

However, we do know that these bags must have been somewhat available in someway since these bags were in production (mine is dated August '18).

So here, I took artistic and historic license to include the bag in this display.

 

Hopefully, a better understanding of these grenade bags will surface.

 

Ironically, I have a grenade vest (or apron) with infantry markings that looks to be unused. However, my grenade bag sure looks like it has been used for something...


In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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Another coat you don't see often; a shawl-collared overcoat.

Less rare; a 1917 pattern service coat with plastic buttons.

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In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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I also love your black mannequins. Clean, simple, and sharp looking. Not as bland as plain white ones and not as creepy as the life like versions.


Wanted: Missouri Medals

 

I am always in search of Missouri Medals and Items. This could be anything from WW1, WW2, Prisoners of War, Ephemera, or anything pertaining to Missourians.

 

I thank you for your time and consideration.

 

-Without a witness, they just disappear.-

 

donation2020.gif

 

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The baton "frog" on this MP reconstruction appears to be a modified portion of a leather scabbard likely from the late 19th century with a leather loop provided to secure the baton itself.

 

The 369th reconstruction is topped by a French Colonial-Troops Adrian helmet. From what information I have come across not all African American troops serving under the French wore the standard Horizon Blue Adrian Helmet with infantry badge.

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In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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I also love your black mannequins. Clean, simple, and sharp looking. Not as bland as plain white ones and not as creepy as the life like versions.

 

Thanks tdog.

 

I never liked the look of a hat or helmet sitting atop the shoulders of a torso. So I thought these blacked out heads would be the best way to, really, add headgear to the gear and uniform display without drawing attention to a "face". I figured the blacked out or negative appearance of the head would get lost in the background...however...I now think that the head gives the figures some personality or an attitude, especially in the variety of ways the heads are turned and the way the helmets sit atop the head...


In Memoriam



My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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