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USMC Winter Service Dress P-1920 or P-1920 Conversion


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Posting this here as well as in the uniform section, because much of the Marine collecting community passes through here. Looking for anyone in the collecting community that has a Marine Corps Winter Service Dress coat P-1920, in either its original standing collar configuration or more importantly in a roll collar configuration. The P-1920 is the first USMC issued Winter Service pattern coat to have ready made eyelets added to accommodate collar EGAs. They were standing collar coats until the late 1920's when a new roll collar coat (P-1929) was issued. But the Marines being thrifty, had some of the P-1920 coats Depot converted around that time to roll collars. A converted roll collar Winter  Service Dress conversion has recently surfaced and although the Marine Corps Museum has one in their standard reference uniform collection, there is a lack of information out there on these converted coats. So turning to the community for assistance. I am in the process of co-authoring an article on the conversion for the Company of a Military Historian's publication "Military  Collector & Historian". I realize these coats are not overly common items, but our community is large. Thank you.

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Hi Dirk,

I just packed away a uniform grouping to a Marine from the mid-late 20s. The roll collar green blouse is dated 1922-1923.  Could that be what you are looking for?  I didn't think to see if it is a conversion.  I have owned other conversions in the past.  Let me know if that might be one.  If so,  I can unpack it.

 

Steve

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Dirk, a little late in catching up with the forums.  I happen to have a converted tunic, from standing to rolled.  It is named, but looks like they replaced the sleeve lining, so no manufacture marks or date.  You can send a PM to discuss more.  

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