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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U.S. Army Model 1881 Helmet Parts - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
U.S. Army Model 1881 Dress Helmet - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Victorian Highland Regiment Officer’s Broadsword - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
1918 Vintage US Model 1910 Canteen & Mess Tin - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
1916 Dated Prussian Bugle - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Three Knife Bayonets - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Three Socket bayonets - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Bayonet Turned Entrenching Tool? - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Indo-Persian Talwar Swords  - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Japanese Shin-Gunto Sword  - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…

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  1. Ever notice the correlation between former military and facial hair? Seems like after years of living under hair regulations, the first thing we do is grow beards. Chris
  2. I keep my gun cleaning supplies in one of these
  3. Sorry, but I agree with Scott. The flip-up front visor and weld seems are not like the spiked helmets I've seen, and the spike base looks like it came of a U.S. Model 1881 helmet. I'm thinking theatr...
  4. Thanks, I appreciate what you've written. I've always had an interest in the young men (and now often women) called away from home and family to serve their country in times of war. Whether servic...
  5. I just looked at the last photo. I had also read some tanks had been repurposed for agriculture but this is the first photo evidence I've seen.
  6. I read someplace that cheap war surplus bikes hurt post war sales by Harley and Indian and eventually contributed in Indian being liquidated
  7. Yep, I think there is a relative scarcity driving price. I believe there was a low survival rate on the helmet body itself, and I also think many ended up being used up by marching bands, ROTC progra...
  8. That would have looked a bit like Zulu Dawn! But no, Custer didn't live long enough to see the Model 1882, and although the 1872 cavalry helmet was in service, I strongly doubt anyone brought one alo...
  9. Nice timely post, Scott
  10. Thanks for the love BB2, racer4four, vetraio50, kyratango, fortapache, aghcollect and Manikin.
  11. And I'm sorry to get up on my soapbox, Roy. I've found that when Americans learn about why we entered WWI, the Lusitania is always cited, like simple cause and effect. Yet all this other stuff had to...
  12. yep, and a UK badger at that. My understanding is that they are a protected species there, and I have the certificate that this particular badger was collected as road kill before being made into a s...
  13. I certainly do not want to take anything away from your family loss – or the loss to any of the families of the 1,191 souls who died that day, including the 128 Americans. The Lusitania was sunk on 1...
  14. or love even.
  15. Must have been a labor of lave.
  16. Absolutely great image! Looks like wound and overseas stripes on his little uniform. Too bad there is a shadow over the collar or we might have seen dad's collar disks too. Chris
  17. Thanks for the love Scott, gargoylecollector, fortapache, Rattletrap, BB2, Manikin, Peasejean55 and aghcollect.
  18. I doubt anyone would depict a Japanese soldier with huge round glasses, etc. today
  19. The helmet on the lid was known as a raupenhelm (caterpillar helmet). It was unique to the Bavarian Army and worn from the 1860s through the 1880s. The blue and white shield on the stein is also Bav...
  20. I'm still not used to seeing Dress Blues where I expect to see Dress Greens. I go on post and it seems like all the uniforms - PT, utility and dress - have changed. Makes me feel very, very old.
  21. Wait! Did you just call somebody a HUN?!?! Just kidding :) Wrong war anyway. I'm liking "BB2" better than "Blunder" and my change my nickname for him
  22. Fascinating
  23. Yep, I got a Japanese knee mortar round (fortunately inert) from a playmate's dad who served in the pacific. Most of my own dad's stuff got a bunch of wear and tear from my playing at war with my frie...
  24. It's got a very wierd back for a button. Is that a cotter pin through the back?
  25. Agreed.
  26. I just updated the photos with shots from my regular digital camera. Thanks for the love gargoylecollector, racer4four, blunder, aghcollect, pw-collector, petey and SEAN68
  27. The U.S. Life Saving Service was merged with the Revenue Cutter Service to form the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915
  28. Wow. It certainly does look like Maximilian's coat of arms! I don't know about Mexican buttons, but construction seems right for military buttons of the time. The back mark appears to be European man...
  29. I come from a long lived family :)
  30. Yes! I realized my iPhone actually takes better pictures than my old digital camera!
  31. That's the standard Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) insignia, and nothing to do with the presidential seal. The lettering is cockeyed, but that sometimes happens when these items are manufactured ove...
  32. Thanks for the love racer4four, officialfuel, fortapache, pw-collector, blunder and aghcollect
  33. Thanks Ft Apache. I do consider the German 1898 n/A bayonet to be "desirable" but I had one posted already, as I had with the US 1917. I didn't think the Chilean bayonet would draw much interest so ...
  34. Why the heck are my photos posting sideways???
  35. Thanks Caperkid, and thanks to everyone who clicked on "love"! Chris
  36. Thanks for the love petey and vetraio50
  37. Thanks for the love petey, SEAN68, fortapache, blunder, Manikin, vetraio50, racer4four, aghcollect and Alan2310.
  38. Thanks Alan! fortapache, I agree the screwdriver is an interesting feature. In addition to some Communist Block Bayonets, the screwdriver tip appears on some western bayonets as well. The example ...
  39. Thanks for the love kerry10456, Manikin, blunder, fortapache and aghcollect
  40. I always thought this was one of the better looking buckles, and want one for my collection. Unfortunately it's an often reproduced buckle (not saying this one is)
  41. Absolutely agree Scott. It could have been made by a civilian from scrap metal from a salvage yard, or it could have been used on some garrison in England as a pry-bar for opening crates. We'll never ...
  42. Thanks for the love fortapache, racer4four, blunder, aghcollect, Manikin and vetraio50
  43. Sorry to disagree blunder. The corporal's chevrons are not wide enough to be that early, although this one is displayed point down, which was how chevrons were worn during the Civil and Indian Wars. ...
  44. what's the back look like?
  45. Thanks for the comment, fortapache, and thanks for the love ho2cultcha, officialfuel, Zowie, fortapache, Militarist, blunder, racer4four and vetraio50
  46. Thanks for the loves Vintagefran, racer4four, fortapache, kyratango, Manikin, blunder and paulmartin.
  47. Thanks for the love fortapache, gargoylecollector, walksoftly, blunder, paulmartin, racer4four, Roycroftbooksfromme1, frisco, aghcollect and SEAN68.
  48. Thanks Vintagefran. I hope you'll show him the shin gunto I will be posting this coming weekend.
  49. Thanks Racer. I've edited my description from "traditionally forged" to "more traditionally crafted". There are collectors of "nihonto" - very traditionally made samurai swords- that may wince at my...
  50. Thanks for the love blunder, battlegear, W.S, Manikin, aghcollect and fortapache
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