Chrisnp

The Great Northwestern United States

Militaria collector; US, European and Japanese from 1861-1920, with an ephasis on WWI and a particular interest in the WWI Interallied Victory Medal series. I'm alsoMilitaria collector; US, European and Japanese from 1861-1920, with an ephasis on WWI and a particular interest in the WWI Interallied 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 40 years now, and enjoy sharing what I’ve learned as well as continuing to learn from others. (Read more)

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German Model 1889 Cavalry Sword - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
British Pattern 1822 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
US Model 1861 Musket, Trenton Subcontract - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Victorian Gothic Hilt Sword - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
West Point Shot Glasses - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Memorial Flags - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
1840/1906 Hollywood Frankensword - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Roseville Stoneware Lipped Baby’s Plate - China and Dinnerwarein China and Dinnerw…
U.S. 1850 Style Foot Officer’s Sword with Movie Connection - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…

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  1. Note that it says “Calvary” as in Jesus' crucifixion, and not “Cavalry” as in mounted soldiers! Also, “Olivet” comes from Mount of Olives, also a Christian reference. Lots of places unnamed Olivet th...
  2. Yes, definitely a private purchase sword and the private purchases are actually more frequently encountered than the issue swords. The issue swords were heavier construction, lacked a folding guard, ...
  3. Glass birds?? Cool!! Where??? hehehe.
  4. I've often wondered how a thrusting weapon instead of a slashing weapon could work on horseback. How do you not end up not getting your sword stuck? I thought this explanation was interesting: ht...
  5. Thanks for the love Elisabethan!
  6. Gotta love these "old vet with child" photos
  7. Great story
  8. Yes, even this is a "cut and thrust" style blade. By the end of the century the thrust would be more or less the exclusive movement, and cavalry swords would be straight.
  9. Neat to see the Army, Navy, Marine and Coastguard insignia on front (the Air Force not existing as a separate branch yet)
  10. Ah the knee mortar…I remember reading how the nickname caused problems with American troops. The curved base was supposed to be placed against a fallen log, timber or with the edge dug into the groun...
  11. I'm really liking this series on compasses
  12. Well then happy birthday!
  13. Thanks for the love sarahoff, ron1939, riverruntspookguy, baddogleto, SEAN68, officialfuel, blunder, petey, aghcollect and CindB.
  14. The 1914 Queen Mary Christmas Tin in good condition is always a wonderful piece, but actually having it engraved with the recipient's name is just outstanding! This with the photo and the trench light...
  15. Two of my ancestors who chose opposite sides were older brother Jacob, 31st Virginia Infantry, and younger brother Isaac, 3rd West Virginia Cavalry. In my family it was literally brother against brot...
  16. Strange indeed. On dad's side of the family, when Virginia succeeded from the Union, Three of my ancestors joined Confederate Virginia regiments. When West Virginia seceded from Virginia, two more jo...
  17. Most have been some sort of story behind choosing this as a parting gift. Really curious.
  18. I've no proof one way or the other, but here's why I think not: Sergeant's stripe has what looks like a T-shaped emblem just under the chevrons. The only thing that I know of in WWI that was about...
  19. Well...I don't know what this thing is, but the NRA sticker isn't the gun related organization of today. This NRA signifies the National Recovery Administration, that Roosevelt set up to control pric...
  20. Hi Blunder. The material is shagreen (fish skin), usually made of ray or shark. Both shagreen and the looped, rather than spiral wire appear in a number of British pattern swords. Chris
  21. Thanks for the love petey, nutsabotas6, PatSea and aghcollect.
  22. Thanks for the love petey, ttomtucker, PatSea, fortapache, usedcarlady, vetraio50, blunder, DrFluffy, officialfuel, shareurpassion and aghcollect.
  23. No idea about the plate, but the monument was erected in 1893.
  24. Thanks for the love W.S, petey, battlegear, SEAN68, Jewels, fortapache, aghcollect, DrFluffy, vetraio50 and blunder.
  25. Very cool. I had not realized King Vittorio Emmanuel III remained on the throne through Mussolini's rule, and had to go read up on it. I'm happy for the education!
  26. I meant D.A., not D.D. - I guess I was too focused on the spelling of "Nohascheck"
  27. This is Imperial German Army artillery officer's sword, and the inscription helps pin it down. D.D. Nohascheck was a sword dealer in Mainz between 1890 and 1915. I am not sure, but I believe "Hofsch...
  28. Thanks for the love petey, ttomtucker, racer4four, surfdub66, fortapache, Jewels, blunder, scottvez, aghcollect and officialfuel.
  29. Thanks all - now on to the real post for this week!
  30. Yes, I've noticed no good category for this sort of thing. I left my commemorative rifle posts in the "General (Multi-Category)" category. On the other hand, CW is not shy about re-categorizing i...
  31. You are on the right track, Scott
  32. No guesses yet? Awwww.
  33. I've seen these pop up on eBay, and am always tempted to make a bid, because I know of no other nation that thought to do such a thing.
  34. Crap! I meant NOT comming off like a know-it-all jerk!
  35. Sorry guys, but I have to toss in my two cents again. I hope I’m coming off like a know-it-all jerk. In the late 19th Century, the bayonet was considered a form of fencing. When parrying the enemy...
  36. I wonder by what route the North Korean version made it out of country.
  37. Oh, the Burton quotes are from his 1883 book "The Book of the Sword" which was reprinted by Dover Publishing in 1987
  38. I've mentioned this before, but... In 1883, Author Richard Burton (Not the actor!) wrote “The ‘curved thrust’ (of the North African Yataghan sword) so imposed upon Colonel Mercy, of the French army...
  39. Thanks fortapache, I do try to make my posts entertaining and enlightening.
  40. The only time I believe I had a bonafide confederate sword in my hands, I let it slip away through lack of knowledge. I was in a junk-tique shop on a trip to Galveston Texas, and ran across an 1840 s...
  41. the WCC on the holster probably stands for Western Costume Company - They supplied costumes and props to all the major movie studios at that time. I just posted another WCC marked item in this catego...
  42. Thanks for the love petey, battlegear, racer4four, Jewels, ttomtucker, SEAN68, CindB, officialfuel, blunder and aghcollect.
  43. To my knowledge, these types of belt buckles were never officially sanctioned by the Army as a whole, but they seem to have proliferated anyway.
  44. Army Emergency Relief (AER) was founded in 1942 as a non-profit organization, and is still operating today. It's not directly funded by the Federal Government and mostly relies on donations. Most U.S...
  45. I hope you know I mean no offence to you or your late cousin, and my condolences if you were close.
  46. Also, just a generation earlier, bayonets were accounting for a third of battlefield deaths. Since generals seem to be always fighting the last war instead of the one in front of them, it's not a myst...
  47. aghcollect, that was what I was thinking too, but didn't understand why it would make things look farther away.
  48. Well, whether it was zero or less than one percent is nit-picking on my part. Take care friend.
  49. I suspect experienced soldiers saw no reason to sharpen swords or bayonets. Sabers were not made to take a knife's edge sharpening and socket bayonets were for thrusting. I strongly suspect the trian...
  50. Western style sword blade edges are at an angle of around 40 degrees, whereas a butcher knife might be 10 degrees, so a sword's edge is more akin to an axe than a knife. It's intended to be swung har...
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