Chrisnp

The Great Northwestern United States

**Please ask before reposting my pictures. I will almost always agree to it** I'm a militaria collector; US, European and Japanese from 1861-1920, with an ephasis on**Please ask before reposting my pictures. I will almost always agree to it** I'm a 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 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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WWI Italian War Merit Cross with Sword - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Boxed Unofficial Type WWI French Victory Medal - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Four More WWI Victory Medals - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
WWI Victory Medal Short Drape Mystery - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
OPA Tokens - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
WWI Allied Occupation Currency for Italy - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
US WWI Victory medal from the Italian Front - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
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WWI Veteran Lapel Buttons - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
WWI Victory Medal with Defensive Sector Clasp and Box - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…

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  1. Thanks for the love vintagelamp, Manikin, fortapache, blunder, ttomtucker, Militarist, officialfuel, racer4four, ho2cultcha and Caperkid.
  2. Looks like my father's WWII Army Footlocker. I'm not sure how long afterwards the Army continued to use this style.
  3. Collectors Weekly does not have it's own sales site. It's linked to eBay and you'll find a tab for eBay auctions when you click on the topic. I should warn you, because the Vittorio-Venito clasp...
  4. You might have solved a mystery for me fortapache! My dad had a pair that I recall looked just like these, especially the case. He was a WWII vet, but also a hunter/camper/fisherman that bought a lo...
  5. I also obtained a bottle from this lot in Germany! It was stored for years and finally dispensed to we the rank and file back in...I think the late 70s...Anyway, I picked up a bottle of Scotch. Unfo...
  6. I'll be interested in what Blue Max has to say. This one does look like the real deal to me, but like Scott, it's not really my strong area. Steins like this were popular mementos of a soldier's ser...
  7. You may be interested in the following posts: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/51429-us-victory-medal-w-vittorio-veneto-clasp http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/179498-us-wwi-victory...
  8. It's a lapel button for the American Defense Service Medal. It was designed to be slipped through the button hole in the lapel of a man's suit. The bar is a miniature representation of the service me...
  9. As for the unofficial versions of the French Victory medal with different designs, The French took till 1923 to begin the producing the final approved version and I believe those other designs "jumpe...
  10. Militarist and Gracay2004, that could be true. For years the "Bible" of victory medal collectors has been A. Laslo's "The Interallied Victory Medals of WWI". That reference does not show any othe...
  11. As clarification, I'm using these terms as follows: Unofficial - manufactured by non-government contractors for sale to the public without intention to deceive. Official - government manufactured...
  12. I think the government has tightened up the rules about who can manufacture medals these days, but in the past many unofficial copies were made for sale to veterans, and one of the more well known com...
  13. Thanks for the love ttomtucker, Designer, leighannrn, Chevelleman69, vintagelamp, SpiritBear, fortapache, Militarist, blunder, officialfuel, verbatim and racer4four.
  14. Nice information. A friend of mine found an old 78 RPM recording of Spike Jones' Cocktails for Two at a thrift shop amongst more recent records for only a $1. He was able to play it once before it s...
  15. The use of crossed rifles would almost certainly date it to post 1875. Prior to that, the US military used a circular bugle or hunting horn for infantry. I don't think military schools or militia wo...
  16. Militarist, I did think of that also. The planchet is matches the size and thickness of the ones that I know are issue, and it does not seem to be die cast. It does not seem to be a Studley. Thanks ...
  17. You are probably right about that elanski. Thanks for the loves and like vintagelamp, lisa, valentino97, fortapache, elanski, Brunswick, blunder, Militarist, officialfuel, racer4four, and Efesgirl.
  18. Thanks for the loves and like SpiritBear, vintagelamp, Brunswick, fortapache, elanski, Militarist, blunder and vetraio50.
  19. Thanks for the love SpiritBear, ttomtucker, vintagelamp, fortapache, elanski, blunder, officialfuel, racer4four and vetraio50
  20. That may be a good thing. The ones with something stamped on the blade would almost certainly be modern/factory made. If you want to risk it, you could examine the tang. That's where a Japanese swo...
  21. That would be a shirasaya wakizashi. A wakizashi is a short sword, often worn as a set with the longer katana sword by samurai. A shirasaya is a plain wood grip and scabbard, it was mainly used to...
  22. Google "WWII B-4 Garment bag", and you'll find them with number of minor variations. I don't know if yours was "issue" or "private purchase" - but with the artwork, it's definitely a keeper!
  23. I believe this is a "Kutmaster" M3 style civilian sheath knife. Kutmaster was a trademark name owned by Utica Cutlery company. During WWII, Utica made the M3 fighting knife and M4 bayonet for the US...
  24. Thanks for the love Designer, ho2cultcha, sanhardin, chrissylovescats (so do I), Nicefice, vintagelamp, Militarist, officialfuel, usedcarlady, Manikin, blunder, Longings, ttomtucker, racer4four and fo...
  25. Ah you bet me to it Scott!
  26. That's Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, with his Chinese National Revolutionary Army behind him. The big clue is the insignia of the Kuomintang on the tank turret, and you can see it again on the flag a...
  27. The one with the three stars, crescent and anchor might be Turkish. I have not found an exact match for it, but the Turks had one nearly identical but only one star.
  28. I have only heard the number of rings in association with the 1860 Staff and Field officer's sword. However, since Horstmann made those swords as well as fraternal swords, it would not be unreasonabl...
  29. you are probably right about the date range, Scott. My wider figures are just based on the "...& Sons" marking. I'm using Bezder's American Swords and Sword Makers as a reference. Chris
  30. wow - I can't type today! Anyway, the material in the handle could also be bone.
  31. sorry, that likk didn't work rignt, but if you look up "Knights_Templar (Freemasonry)" in Wikipedia, you will see their insignia
  32. I'm pretty sure this is a ceremonial sword from a fraternal society, and based on the "In Hoc Signo Vinces" (in this, conquer) inscription I think this is the Masonic Order known as the Knights Templa...
  33. Interesting as it is posed the same as the famous 1975 painting "Prayer at Valley Forge" by Arnold Friberg. http://healdsburg-freemason.com/the-prayer-at-valley-forge/ I did a bit more looking ...
  34. Interesting piece! I wonder why someone filled the fluted section with metal (compare with the one at the URL. Both have only three digit serials. Makes me wonder how many were made. Blunder, my ...
  35. The extra barrel and tripod for the M60 wasn't much fun either ;(
  36. I think the Army (probably the Marines too) used a lot of empty ammo cans for first aid containers in vehicles. I remember seeing it still being done when I was a young soldier in the late 70s (This ...
  37. I used to have one of these - same manufacture and scabbard - before I decided to focus on an earlier era and traded/sold off my WWII stuff to buy earlier stuff. I wish I held on to my machete.
  38. well, the dates are WWII, no telling if this was made later
  39. yep, WWII. What size is this?
  40. Wow, not much to go on that I can see. I am thinking early after America's involvement. The ribbons and badges that would proliferate at the end of the war are not much in evidence. I THINK the gaite...
  41. Thanks for the love vintagelamp, nutsabotas6, fortapache, ttomtucker, officialfuel and blunder
  42. Thanks for the comments, and thanks for the love racer4four, EJW-54, vintagelamp, elanski, fortapache, nutsabotas6, Manikin, rucklczglass, Brunswick, officialfuel, blunder, vetraio50 and valentino97
  43. The Eagle, Globe and Anchor - or "EGA" is the insignia of the United States Marine Corps.
  44. Thanks for the history lesson!
  45. Thanks for the info Davy. And thanks for the love valentino97, martika, racer4four, aura, kyratango and Efesgirl
  46. Thanks Vintagelamp. I am tempted to post my "Moo-Cow creamer". And thanks for the love vintagelamp, SEAN68, crswerner, sugargirl and racer4four
  47. Thanks for the love blunder, ttomtucker, kennethleblanc, vetraio50, kerry10456, racer4four, Manikin and officialfuel.
  48. You'll want to scroll down to the detailed pictures Chris
  49. Looks like a British WWI Gas Mask Bag. Here's an example: http://www.aef-doughboys.com/smallboxres.html
  50. Actually the hunting horn appears in many British infantry regimental badges, so don't get misled. This has nothing to do with military bands. It does look like the insignia of the 6th Battalion, Kin...
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