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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Pre-WWII U.S. 3rd Division Patches - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
US Army Service Stripes - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Pair of Darkened US Army Hat Eagles - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Late 19th Century US Enlisted Dress Shoulder Knots - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
WWI German Wound Badge and Certificate - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
US Hat Cords - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
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…

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  1. Thank you for all the right terms, racer4four. I'll be posting more patches and now I know what to call that white stuff! from what I have seen, this "interfacing" (I love it when I learn a new word...
  2. Thanks for the love officialfuel, fortapache, Militarist, blunder and racer4four.
  3. I see he had a widow, so the medal would have been posthumously given to her. Sad. I always thought the winged victory on the British WWI Victory medal looked like Britania too, but to my knowle...
  4. Are you able to read the recipient's name impressed around the edge? Chris
  5. Thanks for the love elanski, gargoylecollector, Militarist, vintagelamp, bobby725, TassieDevil, officialfuel, blunder, fortapache and martika.
  6. Thank you for your comment inky, I have these in a nice display drawer, but you are right, they would look good framed on the wall. Thanks for the love vintagelamp, aura, fortapache, blunder, Milit...
  7. Thanks blunder, and thanks for the love fortapache, gargoylecollector, racer4four, SpiritBear, vintagelamp, Manikin, blunder, Militarist, vetraio50 and TassieDevil.
  8. Thanks for your kind words! Chris
  9. Thanks for the comment. I hope you'll post some of those photos! Chris
  10. I agree with everything Scott said. The DUI is for the 32nd Signal Battalion, and the design of the insignia dates it no earlier than 1955. He also seems to have signal branch insignia on his collar...
  11. I agree with everything Scott wrote except for the USMC speculation - Eagle, part of a globe, but no anchor?
  12. Thanks for the love ttomtucker, vintagelamp, aura, mrcolorz, Militarist, blunder, fortapache, TassieDevil, vetraio50 and racer4four.
  13. Sorry I missed my usual weekly post for awhile. I'll be doing a few this week to get back on track. Chris
  14. Thanks for the love TassieDevil and fortapache
  15. Originally I thought British Grenadier Guards as well. As pointed out, The Australians use a flaming grenade styled this way, as do the Canadians and countless others. I do believe, however, that b...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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
  19. 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...
  20. Thanks for the love ttomtucker, fortapache, battlegear, Manikin, brunswick and blunder.
  21. Uniform would match that '54-'55 era
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. Thanks for the love racer4four, fortapache, blunder and katherinescollections.
  28. Wow! Thanks for the loves everyone! Caperkid, Militarist, Manikin, blunder, officialfuel, brunswick, Nicefice, vetraio50, racer4four and fortapache - I appreciate you all.
  29. 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...
  30. Lack of markings on something like this makes me think non-military, but heck, I dunno. Cold weather does sound like a convincing answer
  31. Thanks for the love Militarist, officialfuel, Manikin, TassieDevil, fortapache, racer4four and vetraio50
  32. As I recall this came from an American address, but as you observed, plenty of fakes are passed around inside the country these days
  33. It's Belgian Army, not necessarily an officer's cap. Chris
  34. 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
  35. I know those cars weren't around for the Civil War, but those uniforms remind me of Zouaves!
  36. 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...
  37. Sounds like mystery solved! and a very nice buy for the price.
  38. 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 ...
  39. Thanks for the love fortapache, TassieDevil, kerry10456, aura, Militarist, brunswick, blunder, racer4four and Efesgirl.
  40. Wow, thanks for all the loves battlegear, martika, fortapache, TassieDevil, Nicefice, brunswick, gargoylecollector, Radegunder, Windwalker, ho2cultcha, Militarist, Manikin, blunder, vetraio50 and race...
  41. 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...
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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...
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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...
  46. 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...
  47. 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...
  48. Always bittersweet to look at this kind of correspondence and wonder what the rest of the story was. Chris
  49. Thank you both for your comments!
  50. Thanks for the love racer4four, Manikin, fortapache, valentino97, Windwalker, blunder and Militarist.
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