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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Civil War Model 1839 US Oval Belt Buckle – Real or Memorex? - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Civil War Cap Insignia – Real or Memorex? - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Burien Independence Day Parade - Then and Now - Photographsin Photographs
Imperial German Guard Eagle – Real or Memorex? - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
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…

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  1. Words of wisdom in an ugly political and societal year. I'm really liking the stand of trophies with liberty cap, the use of oak leaves on that side and laurel on the other, the US shield and sloga...
  2. Off topic: Hey Scott, Would you do me a favor and comment on what you see wrong with the CW US buckle I posted last week? You have commented on other folk's buckles, so I know you have a good eye. E...
  3. Love the label. I don't know about the writing desk theory. It looks like it was made to hold some pretty specific accouterments. Chris
  4. The clutch pin fastener shown was not in use until the 1940s, so I believe this is a post war veteran's item. - Still very cool. Also, the l'Escadrille Layfayette served from 1916 to 1918. If the pla...
  5. Thanks for the love ttomtucker, fortapache, battlegear, Manikin, brunswick and blunder.
  6. Uniform would match that '54-'55 era
  7. Yep, Thai - now for the fun part. I THINK Thailand uses the Buddhist calendar, and I believe those last lines are dates. So...98-99 would be about 1954-55. The Uniform seems to be of a US Army Ordi...
  8. Any day is a good day when you get to send lead downrange. Best Bastille Day event I witnessed was the fireworks display in Quebec City. That was years ago, and I don't know if they still go al...
  9. Thanks for everyone's comments. I do appreciate them. Scott, Militarist, battlegear - a trifecta of militaria enthusiasts! Plus Blunderbuss, who is in a class all his own :) (Just kidding around Bl...
  10. Scott; that was what I thought too at first, but we are old Army guys - the Navy good conduct ribbon is all red! It sure does look like the Army good conduct medal and I don’t know what else it could...
  11. I notice he is wearing theater service ribbons that were first authorized in Nov '42, but is not wearing the WWII victory medal that was first authorized in Jul '45, which he would have also been enti...
  12. Thanks for the love racer4four, fortapache, blunder and katherinescollections.
  13. Wow! Thanks for the loves everyone! Caperkid, Militarist, Manikin, blunder, officialfuel, brunswick, Nicefice, vetraio50, racer4four and fortapache - I appreciate you all.
  14. It’s the distinctive unit insignia of the 101st Ordinance Battalion. The shells on either side with the round grenade in the middle is supposed to evoke the number 101. The design was approved in 196...
  15. Lack of markings on something like this makes me think non-military, but heck, I dunno. Cold weather does sound like a convincing answer
  16. Thanks for the love Militarist, officialfuel, Manikin, TassieDevil, fortapache, racer4four and vetraio50
  17. As I recall this came from an American address, but as you observed, plenty of fakes are passed around inside the country these days
  18. It's Belgian Army, not necessarily an officer's cap. Chris
  19. 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
  20. I know those cars weren't around for the Civil War, but those uniforms remind me of Zouaves!
  21. 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...
  22. Sounds like mystery solved! and a very nice buy for the price.
  23. 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 ...
  24. Thanks for the love fortapache, TassieDevil, kerry10456, aura, Militarist, brunswick, blunder, racer4four and Efesgirl.
  25. Wow, thanks for all the loves battlegear, martika, fortapache, TassieDevil, Nicefice, brunswick, gargoylecollector, Radegunder, Windwalker, ho2cultcha, Militarist, Manikin, blunder, vetraio50 and race...
  26. 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...
  27. 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 ...
  28. 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...
  29. 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 ...
  30. 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...
  31. 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...
  32. 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...
  33. Always bittersweet to look at this kind of correspondence and wonder what the rest of the story was. Chris
  34. Thank you both for your comments!
  35. Thanks for the love racer4four, Manikin, fortapache, valentino97, Windwalker, blunder and Militarist.
  36. Thanks for the comment and the "love" blunder, and thanks for the love fortapache, Windwalker and SpiritBear.
  37. Wow, I never heard of such a thing!
  38. 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...
  39. Thanks for the love fortapache, Manikin, Militarist, racer4four, elanski and vetraio50
  40. Very nice piece, though I can only say that I agree it's Bavarian and comes from the Imperial era
  41. Rob W. over at the Gentleman's Military Interest club pointed out that the red ribbon could also be the Serbian Milosh Obilich medal.
  42. 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. ...
  43. 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...
  44. Airforce Jr. ROTC rank for a senior airman Chris
  45. 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,...
  46. 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...
  47. 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...
  48. Caperkid, are you sure this one didn't contain fuel?
  49. 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 ...
  50. Thanks for the love battlegear, Gracay2004, racer4four, vetraio50, officialfuel, fortapache, blunder and Militarist.
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