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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Flipped German War Medal of 1870-71 - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Boxer Rebellion Allied Group Photograph - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Miniature Medals – Boxer and Mexican Border - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
WWI German Kokarde (Rosettes)  - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
1907 Decoration / Memorial Day Poem - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
WWI German Officer’s Shoulder straps - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Mysterious WWI Ribbon Bar - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
German WWI Hindenburg Crosses - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Hungarian and Bulgarian WWI Commemorative Medals - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Austrian World War I Commemorative Medal - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…

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  1. It's Belgian Army, not necessarily an officer's cap. Chris
  2. I've seen video of this tank on display from before it was moved. Glad to see I won't have to travel from Canberra to Brisbane to see it when I finally check off that bucket list item. Chris
  3. I know those cars weren't around for the Civil War, but those uniforms remind me of Zouaves!
  4. Photo one is a nice turn-of-the-century picture of a young officer in the US Model 1895 jacket. In spite of the gauntlets, it appears the officer is wearing the crossed rifles of the infantry, and is...
  5. Sounds like mystery solved! and a very nice buy for the price.
  6. Thanks for the kind words. Actually, the Australian War Memorial is already high on my "bucket list" of places to see! I've been collecting military items since about the age of twelve, and now ...
  7. Thanks for the love fortapache, TassieDevil, kerry10456, aura, Militarist, brunswick, blunder, racer4four and Efesgirl.
  8. Wow, thanks for all the loves battlegear, martika, fortapache, TassieDevil, Nicefice, brunswick, gargoylecollector, Radegunder, Windwalker, ho2cultcha, Militarist, Manikin, blunder, vetraio50 and race...
  9. I have two 1902 swords, one had a cap that unscrewed and I've never attempted the other. Obviously Bakelite grips would help date it to before modern plastics. It appears the leather washer covers the...
  10. The Crown W 72 proof mark dates it as accepted into military service in 1872. I did a write-up on these here: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/156317-prussian-model-1848-artillery-saber ...
  11. You can also find 1902 swords made in Spain and England, so I don't think it is completely impossible - BUT - I have no information about imported 1902 swords from pre-communist China, and considering...
  12. The "made in" country of origin marking on US imports began well before WWII, so your sword could conceivably still be pre/post WWII period, but I don't think there was much exporting as China was in ...
  13. C-Rations were phased out starting in 1958 and replaced by the Meal, Combat, Individual (MCI) which were also packed in cans, but not marked "FIELD RATION C". Odds are this is from your dad's war, an...
  14. I am pretty sure the frog and scabbard were not meant for each other. The scabbard is designed to be worn from a hanger so there is no frog button, yet the frog has a dip in the leather for where a fr...
  15. Early WWII Chinese Aviation Badge Given for Donation Toward Airplane Purchase: http://www.flyingtigerantiques.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=fta&Product_Code=omch20005d&Category_Code=1...
  16. Always bittersweet to look at this kind of correspondence and wonder what the rest of the story was. Chris
  17. Thank you both for your comments!
  18. Thanks for the love racer4four, Manikin, fortapache, valentino97, Windwalker, blunder and Militarist.
  19. Thanks for the comment and the "love" blunder, and thanks for the love fortapache, Windwalker and SpiritBear.
  20. Wow, I never heard of such a thing!
  21. I notice the stenciling on the top is under the blue paint and the line of stenciling seems to run under the hasp. Starting with CAL (caliber abbreviation?) and ending in CTGS (Cartridges abbreviatio...
  22. Thanks for the love fortapache, Manikin, Militarist, racer4four, elanski and vetraio50
  23. Very nice piece, though I can only say that I agree it's Bavarian and comes from the Imperial era
  24. Rob W. over at the Gentleman's Military Interest club pointed out that the red ribbon could also be the Serbian Milosh Obilich medal.
  25. The uniform button on the right could have been worn during the time Ft Fetterman was an active post - or a bit before and after. The back markings could narrow down the dates if it's still legible. ...
  26. I also do not believe soldiers would risk exposing themselves to fire to collect a souvenir. I Think taking insignia from prisoners occurred, but also I am reminded of my father, who took a watch fro...
  27. Airforce Jr. ROTC rank for a senior airman Chris
  28. Thanks for the love and comment kerry, and I've tried to let you know the little bit about your box Caperkid. Thanks for the love elanski, ttomtucker, Caperkid, SpiritBear, nutsabotas6, racer4four,...
  29. I believe SMK WP stands for Smoke, White Phosphorous. White Phosphorous, or "Willy Pete" is not only an incendiary munition, but it produces lots of smoke and can be used for marking targets and mask...
  30. Caperkid, there was a flexible metal fuel nozzle that could fit in the opening. The old nozzles had a lever and a wide rubber gasket at the base of the nozzle. You pushed the lever down and the gasket...
  31. Caperkid, are you sure this one didn't contain fuel?
  32. Yep racer4four, Yanks, Tommys, Diggers, we all copied Jerry's cans. The Germans came out with this fuel can design back in the 1930s. Americans have used them for both fuel and water, but of course ...
  33. Thanks for the love battlegear, Gracay2004, racer4four, vetraio50, officialfuel, fortapache, blunder and Militarist.
  34. Really great document from the standpoint of military, American immigration, and regional history. Thanks for sharing this! Chris
  35. Hi Scott, it was originally called the "Staff & Field Officer’s Sword" and was reserved for those officers. In 1872 the same sword was adopted for all Army officers except medical officers, paymaste...
  36. Joe and Tommy hanging out at the bath house! hehe
  37. You have that certificate for the medal? Now that is something! I suspect there was a sort of jobs program that was created around these. As you say, every medal was applied for. The documentatio...
  38. It's a bomblet from a cluster bomb. A larger shell explodes in the air and scatters these smaller bombs over a large area. Pretty nasty as the ones that don't explode lay scattered around for people ...
  39. It's a Model 1860 Staff & Line Officer’s Sword. The sword was used from 1860 till 1902, and most swords date to after the Civil War. I did a write-up on these here: http://www.collectorsweekly.co...
  40. Thanks for the love officialfuel, fortapache, blunder, Militarist, Manikin, vetraio50 and antiquerose
  41. Enlisted collar insignia, G Troop, 1st Regiment of Cavalry, about WWI era
  42. I'm' off to work, so can't look them up now - BUT the shape and dagger of the commando patch, and the style of the crossed swords on the other reminds me more of British/Commonwealth patches, rahter t...
  43. Oops, sorry to be redundant to vetraio50. I was skinning through the posts too fast!
  44. 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
  45. 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...
  46. I'm glad you connected with my post is such a personal way, antiquerose!
  47. Thanks for the loves and comments officialfuel, Militarist, fortapache, ttomtucker and blunder
  48. Also remembered in households around the world, like Seattle and Massachusetts where people don't forget sacrifices made others in the name of freedom.
  49. 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.
  50. Good points Militarist. I have frequently found the Hindenburg Cross in Austrian medal groups, sometimes along side the Austrian War Commemorative. Chris
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