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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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…
WWI Austrian Karl-Truppenkreuz - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
WWI Austrian Bravery Medals - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
WWI Belgian Military Decoration and Victory Medal - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Franco-Prussian War Medals from Both Sides - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
WWI French Médaille Militaire  and Verdun Medal - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…

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  1. Rob W. over at the Gentleman's Military Interest club pointed out that the red ribbon could also be the Serbian Milosh Obilich medal.
  2. 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. ...
  3. 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...
  4. Airforce Jr. ROTC rank for a senior airman Chris
  5. 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,...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. Caperkid, are you sure this one didn't contain fuel?
  9. 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 ...
  10. Thanks for the love battlegear, Gracay2004, racer4four, vetraio50, officialfuel, fortapache, blunder and Militarist.
  11. Really great document from the standpoint of military, American immigration, and regional history. Thanks for sharing this! Chris
  12. 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...
  13. Joe and Tommy hanging out at the bath house! hehe
  14. 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...
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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...
  17. Thanks for the love officialfuel, fortapache, blunder, Militarist, Manikin, vetraio50 and antiquerose
  18. Enlisted collar insignia, G Troop, 1st Regiment of Cavalry, about WWI era
  19. 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...
  20. Oops, sorry to be redundant to vetraio50. I was skinning through the posts too fast!
  21. 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
  22. 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...
  23. I'm glad you connected with my post is such a personal way, antiquerose!
  24. Thanks for the loves and comments officialfuel, Militarist, fortapache, ttomtucker and blunder
  25. Also remembered in households around the world, like Seattle and Massachusetts where people don't forget sacrifices made others in the name of freedom.
  26. 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.
  27. Good points Militarist. I have frequently found the Hindenburg Cross in Austrian medal groups, sometimes along side the Austrian War Commemorative. Chris
  28. What are those three things in the center portion that look like boxes with the lid partly open? Chris
  29. Well, although Imperial Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire were allied, I believe 20 years later that Nazi Germany and the Austrian Republic were on very poor terms. The front of this medal is s...
  30. Thanks for the love antiquerose, SpiritBear, officialfuel, brunswick, racer4four, blunder, ttomtucker, Militarist, fortapache and Efesgirl.
  31. Incredible pieces! Wishing you a thoughtful and peace filled ANZAC day from an appreciative Yank Chris
  32. German Army Infantry Standard
  33. Good catch Blunder! I only recognized it was a Minie ball after you ID'd it. Kind of a cool CW memento.
  34. You did a fine job displaying them, although the rank insignia (chevrons bottom left and bottom right) are upside-down. 20th century Americans wore them like little tents with the single point up.
  35. I can only make an educated guess. My references just say "grey metal." It's non-magnetic. Considering this was made when the Austrians were scraping the barrel for resources, I think we need to l...
  36. Thanks for the love racer4four, officialfuel, lisa, ttomtucker, fortapache and blunder.
  37. This is an Italian grouping. The medal at the top is the Medaglia-ricordo in oro della I Guerra Mondiale (Gold Medal Commemorative of World War I) It commemorated the 50th Anniversary of Italian ...
  38. Thanks for sharing this. Dead, wounded, rain, chill and exhaustion. It's a snapshot of a short period in a single place that likely summed up life at the front. Chris
  39. "Would finder please forward home..." How poignant that he recognized he might not make it home, and that someone might at least send his diary back. The letter from his mother about the influenza ...
  40. Words like "Traumaplast"are why I enjoy the German language. I hope some folks here can help with the history
  41. nice item!
  42. Thanks for the love officialfuel, blunder, fortapache and antiquerose Chris
  43. Sorry to disagree with you on this one antiquerose. Those fans look a lot like searchlights to me. Fortapache, I think those are the searchlight control stations. According to the website I just ...
  44. I strongly believe these are search lights. The clothing worn by the closest man and the guy on a smoke break appear to be the Army blue denim work uniforms worn only inside of the U.S. After Pearl ...
  45. The scabbard looks like the outer sleeve of the US model 1910 scabbard. It would have had a stiffening insert. Here's my example: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/123393-us-model-1905-bayon...
  46. Try looking up Hirschfänger Chris
  47. Arrgh - of course PA! I guess I was going through the posts too quickly
  48. I think GAR is a good guess. I have the same crossed flags device that came in a box full of tattered GAR ribbons from one family. Not proof of course, but the rest of it also looks similar to other...
  49. Thanks for the post, and welcome! Looks like your interests are close to mine. Chris
  50. I always think of the civilian craft that assisted in the operation - fishing boats, yachts, ferries - shuttling back and forth to get the soldiers off the beach, and those men having to wait their tu...
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