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A few additions to my "Trench Room"

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It's been a while since I first posted about my display area which I refer to as my "trench room." While I haven't made any progress in enlarging the area, I have added a number of new items to the collection, including a couple that were suggested within my original post (an entrenching tool, and a lantern).


Here's an overview of my display showing the uniform that I recently purchased at an antiques and collectibles show. In the photo you can find the folding lantern and trench shovel, as well as a pair of binoculars (in case), gas mask, condiments tin and bacon tin, and an M1926 ammo belt (Hinson Mfg., 1943) that I picked up yesterday on a whim. My main interest is WWI, but the belt goes well with my Dec. 1942 dated M1903.


A close-up of my uniform to which I've added my M1910 ammo belt and haversack. I need to insert some solid shapes into the haversack to make it look more "natural", then I can hang my M1917 bayonet on it. I also need a decent shovel cover (that doesn't require a third mortgage) so I can put the shovel in its proper place. I may have to get a repop as a place holder.


The uniform and overseas cap both have engineer's discs. When I first posted about acquiring this uniform, one of the replies suggested that the soldier may have served with the 318th Engineer Regiment which was assigned to the 3rd Army, 6th Division. I'm still trying to find a unit roster to verify. The WWI Army of Occupation medal is a recent acquisition, too, from a local militaria show. The uniform did not come with any medals, but Sgt. Pittenger's service in Europe (Sept. 1918 to Sept. 1919) certainly would have entitled him to receive this honor.

Thanks to several posts I read in other threads on this site, I stopped by my local going-out-of-business Sears store and picked up a torso mannequin. It didn't come with a stand, so I made one out of 1" o.d. pipe. To that I welded some 1/4" rod formed to make hangers for the breeches and leggings. The heavy base is a junk pile find: anybody care to guess what it is?

More to come...

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I've had a McKeever cartridge pouch for my M1888 Springfield trapdoor for some time now, but recently purchased a companion pouch for my M1894 Krag, so it was time to mount them with their firearms. The .45-70 pouch has no manufacturer's markings, while the .30 cal. pouch is marked "R.I.A. 1904."


And for something a little different, here's some of my collectible ammunition, too.


I don't consider myself a headstamp collector, but it's funny how I find myself getting excited when I pick up some old ammo at a show and find a military headstamp that I don't have. My collection is sorely lacking in vintage .45-70-405 ammo, so I will need to work on that ($$$).

I thought I'd post a few photos of my rifles, too, but after looking at them on the laptop I wasn't happy with the quality, so they will come a bit later.

Until then...thanks for looking!


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Outstanding display, very well thought out.

You could have the pants hang normally from the waist of the torso mannequin with the pipe going up one of the legs, instead of draped over (just a thought).

I only have a torso mannequin as well. One of my uniforms displayed in the attached photo.




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Pretty slick!!!



In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired




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Love the attention to detail. Great display

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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Thank you, everyone, for your kind words and suggestions! It's a work in progress for sure. When I have the opportunity to expand the space, there are other things I'd like to try. I've seen plenty of cool ideas from other displays shown in this forum.

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Awesome display and ideas!!!


Sent you a PM.....

"May God have mercy upon my enemies because I won't"
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived"
"Americans will not tolerate a loser"
-- General George S. Patton Jr.
In Memoriam: Private First Class Vincent J. Zabbia

Company K, 3rd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division

Wounded in Action: 30 March 1943 Hill 574 El Guettar, Tunisia

Died of Wounds: 9 April 1943

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