A Source of Info About Accoutrements?

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  1. dvl

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    I have come across a number of uniform and equipment items in my late father's basement. Is there a good on-line source of information about belts, packs, canteens, holsters and so on? I have an unused garrison belt and a nice G&K .45 auto holster waiting for an upcoming M1911. Maybe I shouldn't use them. This stuff is getting valuable!
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    What era do these items date from? WWII, Korea, Vietnam????? Are they all U.S.-issue items?

    I don't know of any one site that contains info on a large subject such as this. I'd suggest that you type in the item & era in Google and see what pops up.

    Another good source of info (and value), believe it or not, is on eBay....under "Collectables"....."Militaria"....

    http://collectibles.listings.ebay.c...emListQQssPageNameZdcpCollectiblesTextNonFeat

    Click on the war or era on the left, then on the country.......
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    Thanks X, I should have added that the items I'm looking at are from WWI and WWII. I've looked around on some auction sites and e-stores and have been stunned at the prices. I don't know if the sellers are actually realizing these prices, but the numbers are surprising. I'd like to find a place where I can learn about items, makers and dates. I'm sure that this is no overnight education!
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    Prices for WWI stuff is thru the roof! And the prices for WWII stuff is rapidly getting there.

    I don't know of any websites giving info about the makers, manufacturers or dates of WWI & WWII uniform and field gear. If you can find one, please post it here!

    I suspect there might be some reference books on this subject. Best place to try would be Ray Rilling Arms Books:

    http://www.rayrilingarmsbooks.com/cgi-bin/rrb455.cgi/

    Here's a list of reference books on uniforms & field gear:

    http://www.warbooks.com/unif.html

    Here are a few sites I found that might help you identify some of the gear you have:

    http://www.quanonline.com/military/military_reference/american/american.html#WWI_GEAR

    http://www.wwiiimpressions.com/usarmygear.html

    And here's a Militaria Directory:

    http://www.directory.net/Shopping/Antiques_and_Collectibles/Militaria/

    Well.....that oughtta keep you out of the bars, and off the streets for a while......Good Luck!
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    Whoa! Thanks!
  6. Huck Finn

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    DVL,
    Have you tried posting your question on www.surplusrifle.com ? Somebody there might have some links for you to look at. Good Luck, enjoy the fourth!
    Huck
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    Thanks Huck. I'm going to take the M1 out and enjoy it in my Dad's memory, but it's going to be a little dark because his wife, the woman who gave me a pile of WWII accoutrements a few days ago, just told me that she has a mass on her brain. Brain cancer is what took her husband and my father two months ago. The three of us (and my mother too) traded cancer experiences, but it looks like I'll soon be the only one left.

    Phooey.
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    DVL,
    I'm really sorry to hear that. I had cancer surgery 5 years ago. I'm one of the lucky ones, I'm doing fine now. Just hearing the diagnosis from the doctor gets your mind reeling. I'll remember you and your family in my prayers tonight. I really hope things work out.
    Thanks,
    Huck
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    Thanks Huck.
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