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Earliest Mitchell cover and NOS Strap.


The Rooster

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Greetings to all.

I was able to get this Mitchell cover and NOS Mitchell Pattern canvas pack strap.

 

I have a Dec 59 cover but I think this is from the very first batch ?

 

Ive never seen the strap before. Not familiar with it.

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Nice pick up. That Leaf Pattern Strap is very interesting. Marines right, perhaps as a pack strap???

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21 minutes ago, patches said:

Nice pick up. That Leaf Pattern Strap is very interesting. Marines right, perhaps as a pack strap???

I just found a seller on ebay selling these.

Here is their description

 

Early Vietnam Era USMC Blanket Strap Set w/Mitchell Camo Pattern - MINT Unissued Condition 

Up for Auction is an Early Vietnam Era USMC Blanket Strap Set in the Mitchell Camo Pattern.  This is a two strap set.  They were used to secure blankets, sleeping bags and ponchos.  Often times they were used to secure items to the Rucksacks.   

This is a Vietnam Era accessory that is often overlooked or forgotten about in most Vietnam Era Collections.

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13 minutes ago, The Rooster said:

I just found a seller on ebay selling these.

Here is their description

 

Early Vietnam Era USMC Blanket Strap Set w/Mitchell Camo Pattern - MINT Unissued Condition 

Up for Auction is an Early Vietnam Era USMC Blanket Strap Set in the Mitchell Camo Pattern.  This is a two strap set.  They were used to secure blankets, sleeping bags and ponchos.  Often times they were used to secure items to the Rucksacks.   

This is a Vietnam Era accessory that is often overlooked or forgotten about in most Vietnam Era Collections.

Will you get two more to make the set of straps.

 

As HERE

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The thing is, I have seen pictures, films from Vietnam since it was happening when I was a kid.

And I never saw any hint of any Mitchell pattern equipment except for the covers.

Everything was OD. Maybe someone on here knows. Which is like saying... Its cold at the north pole ! lol

Do you think maybe the cargo straps were a late war thing that were never issued ?

All the ones i am seeing are NOS. And that plastic buckle ...... 70's ???

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PHere’s a lid I picked up years ago at Long Beach flea market.
I bought it because of the equipment strap that I thought was unique as it appeared to be on the cover-helmet for a very long time due to fading and wear.
Helmet is 68 dated and sweatband Appears earlier.
Cover is married to the metal.
Owen


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1 hour ago, The Rooster said:

The thing is, I have seen pictures, films from Vietnam since it was happening when I was a kid.

And I never saw any hint of any Mitchell pattern equipment except for the covers.

Everything was OD. Maybe someone on here knows. Which is like saying... Its cold at the north pole ! lol

Do you think maybe the cargo straps were a late war thing that were never issued ?

All the ones i am seeing are NOS. And that plastic buckle ...... 70's ???

 

There were actually mitchell pattern shelter halves made for the Marine Corp in the 50s. Looks like these straps are for securing those mitchell pattern shelter halves. The last picture shows a Marine carrying one in Vietnam.

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That frogskin one is awesome !! Im surprised I never noticed these before ? But they are cammoed .. lol

Those shelter halfs are awesome as well !

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  • 3 weeks later...

Greetings,

I was able to pick up these two items this weekend. Another Feb 59 Mitchell cover

and another December 59 Mitchell cover with a helmet.

These covers are at least still somewhat affordable.

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Nice score, the 1959 covers are getting harder to find lately👍🏻....mike

Always looking for and buying 50's era 11th Airborne/ 187th ARCT/ 82nd Airborne tac mark painted jump helmets!

 

 

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1 hour ago, sgtdorango said:

Nice score, the 1959 covers are getting harder to find lately👍🏻....mike

 

Hey thank you Mike. I'm thinking one of these days in the near future, they may become as scarce a WW2 covers..... ?

Im guessing they prob did not make as many as the WW2 covers ?

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Great Mitchell pattern video from Uniform History on youtube..

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1GvW7yoXWI

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Here's a Marine Pot Savage Sailor posted 4 years back with the camo strap as a band.

 

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Posted December 22, 2016

Nice 'field expedient' photos of different straps.....and I had this Mitchell strap on mine over the inner tube band.

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