Chrisnp

Cascadia, along the Salish Sea

**Please ask before re-posting my pictures. I just like to know where they are going, and I will almost always agree to it** I'm a militaria collector; US, European**Please ask before re-posting my pictures. I just like to know where they are going, and I will almost always agree to it** I'm a militaria collector; US, European and Japanese from 1861-1920, with an emphasis on WWI and a particular interest in the WWI Inter-allied Victory Medal series. I'm also interested in WWI British Army cap badges. Another aspect of my collecting is the acquisition of firearms, swords and accessories from this same ’61 to ’20 era. I’m a retired Army Warrant Officer with a lifelong interest in the lives of soldiers of the past, and the items they used and wore. I’ve been collecting militaria for over 45 years now, and enjoy sharing what I’ve learned as well as continuing to learn from others. (Read more)

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Hungarian and Bulgarian WWI Commemorative Medals - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Austrian World War I Commemorative Medal - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
WWI Austrian Karl-Truppenkreuz - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
WWI Austrian Bravery Medals - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
WWI Belgian Military Decoration and Victory Medal - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Franco-Prussian War Medals from Both Sides - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
WWI French Médaille Militaire  and Verdun Medal - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
WWI French and Belgian Croix de Guerre - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Czechoslovakian Medal of the Revolution - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Japanese Russo-Japanese and 1914-1920 War Medals - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…

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  1. Oops, sorry to be redundant to vetraio50. I was skinning through the posts too fast!
  2. It's the Knight's Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. That's a Vatican order of knighthood under the protection of the Pope. Nice Find! Chris
  3. Like blunder says, the rolling block was never cap and ball, but always a metallic cartridge gun. I'd wager him a beer that your rifle will be a .43 rather than a .50 though - payable the very next ti...
  4. I'm glad you connected with my post is such a personal way, antiquerose!
  5. Thanks for the loves and comments officialfuel, Militarist, fortapache, ttomtucker and blunder
  6. Also remembered in households around the world, like Seattle and Massachusetts where people don't forget sacrifices made others in the name of freedom.
  7. Also, the War victims and veterans relief agencies run by the Austrian Government ministries that received the profits from the medals may have been dissolved.
  8. Good points Militarist. I have frequently found the Hindenburg Cross in Austrian medal groups, sometimes along side the Austrian War Commemorative. Chris
  9. What are those three things in the center portion that look like boxes with the lid partly open? Chris
  10. Well, although Imperial Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire were allied, I believe 20 years later that Nazi Germany and the Austrian Republic were on very poor terms. The front of this medal is s...
  11. Thanks for the love antiquerose, SpiritBear, officialfuel, brunswick, racer4four, blunder, ttomtucker, Militarist, fortapache and Efesgirl.
  12. Incredible pieces! Wishing you a thoughtful and peace filled ANZAC day from an appreciative Yank Chris
  13. German Army Infantry Standard
  14. Good catch Blunder! I only recognized it was a Minie ball after you ID'd it. Kind of a cool CW memento.
  15. You did a fine job displaying them, although the rank insignia (chevrons bottom left and bottom right) are upside-down. 20th century Americans wore them like little tents with the single point up.
  16. I can only make an educated guess. My references just say "grey metal." It's non-magnetic. Considering this was made when the Austrians were scraping the barrel for resources, I think we need to l...
  17. Thanks for the love racer4four, officialfuel, lisa, ttomtucker, fortapache and blunder.
  18. This is an Italian grouping. The medal at the top is the Medaglia-ricordo in oro della I Guerra Mondiale (Gold Medal Commemorative of World War I) It commemorated the 50th Anniversary of Italian ...
  19. Thanks for sharing this. Dead, wounded, rain, chill and exhaustion. It's a snapshot of a short period in a single place that likely summed up life at the front. Chris
  20. "Would finder please forward home..." How poignant that he recognized he might not make it home, and that someone might at least send his diary back. The letter from his mother about the influenza ...
  21. Words like "Traumaplast"are why I enjoy the German language. I hope some folks here can help with the history
  22. nice item!
  23. Thanks for the love officialfuel, blunder, fortapache and antiquerose Chris
  24. Sorry to disagree with you on this one antiquerose. Those fans look a lot like searchlights to me. Fortapache, I think those are the searchlight control stations. According to the website I just ...
  25. I strongly believe these are search lights. The clothing worn by the closest man and the guy on a smoke break appear to be the Army blue denim work uniforms worn only inside of the U.S. After Pearl ...
  26. The scabbard looks like the outer sleeve of the US model 1910 scabbard. It would have had a stiffening insert. Here's my example: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/123393-us-model-1905-bayon...
  27. Try looking up Hirschfänger Chris
  28. Arrgh - of course PA! I guess I was going through the posts too quickly
  29. I think GAR is a good guess. I have the same crossed flags device that came in a box full of tattered GAR ribbons from one family. Not proof of course, but the rest of it also looks similar to other...
  30. Thanks for the post, and welcome! Looks like your interests are close to mine. Chris
  31. I always think of the civilian craft that assisted in the operation - fishing boats, yachts, ferries - shuttling back and forth to get the soldiers off the beach, and those men having to wait their tu...
  32. I would only add that the Marine is wearing the First Gulf War "Chocolate Chip" camouflage uniform, so the event is suggesting the father is a vet of that war.
  33. Apologies to the original poster, but I have to weigh in. My ex-wife happens to be African American, and grew up on the South Side of Chicago. I married her while we were both in the military. ...
  34. Thanks for the love Peasejean55, gargoylecollector, GeodeJem, SpiritBear, fortapache, officialfuel, Militarist, blunder and vetraio50
  35. When I was still a young NCO, I'd offer to clean my CO's M1911A1, and he was always happy to accept, rather than spend the time himself. I just liked the feel of the weapon and took pride in how fast...
  36. The design featuring an eagle with the round star filled thing (the glory) above it's head dates this to 1902-present. I'd say the two large blackened ones date to about the WWI period, and the small...
  37. Again, thanks for sharing. The Royal Canadian Legion and the American Legion were both formed by veterans of WWI. As a member of the American Legion who takes pride in the fact that I have family me...
  38. Thanks so much for sharing antiquerose!
  39. Even during the draft the Army continued recruiting efforts, and had a lot of success recruiting from African American Community. Even today the percentage of blacks in the military is disproportiona...
  40. Blunder, in regard to your question above, Medals of Honor were awarded to twenty soldiers for their actions at Wounded Knee. The narrative of what happened that day was quite different back then and...
  41. I meant "would not"
  42. I think you are following the wrong clue on the Iron Cross theory. The Iron Cross, which as had a very specific form since it's inception in 1813. The ends of the arms are flat rather than convex, a...
  43. Nice group indeed!
  44. Always liked the Fairbairn Sykes. If I ever get my Military Intelligence Rose & Dagger tattoo, I intend to replace the dagger part with an image of the Fairbairn Sykes Chris
  45. Sorry to chime is so late. My best guess (and I think it's a good one) is that this is a regimental tunic button from the Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's). post 1881. Here's an example: ...
  46. Thanks for the love, blunder, Militarist, vetraio50, officialfuel, Efesgirl and Manikin
  47. Whitman, you should be in advertising! ha!
  48. Why do you think Civil War?
  49. Beautiful keepsake remembering one of the most loved monarchs of his time. Chris
  50. Thanks for the love blunder, fortapache, ttomtucker, Brunswick, officialfuel, Militarist and racer4four.
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