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WW1 U.S. Military Helmets, Hats, Uniforms, Web Gear, Clothing, Collar Insignia, Patches, Medals, Combat Equipment, Bayonets, Inert Ordnance,  Military Photographs, Military Booklets and Related Paper Items, etc., as available.

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U.S. Civil War Union Eagle Button – Near Excellent
CW_ButtonScovil.JPG (62859 bytes) 1UW1-001. Brass Union eagle button, jacket size, (roughly 20mm), with a lightly aged finish, some gilt finish still showing; excellent detail, which shows very light and insignificant surface wear on some of the highlights. The backside is marked, “Scovill Mf 'g Co Waterbury,” with raised letters, which are within a recessed circle with a stippled background. The shank is, tight and intact; the shank is not bent or pushed in. Not dug.  A very handsome button. The button looks much better in person that in the image. Near excellent. $25.00. We have a few in this condition SOLD
U.S. Civil War Union Eagle Button – Very Good Condition
CW_ButtonScovillvar.JPG (62102 bytes) 1UW1-001a. Brass Union eagle button, jacket size, (roughly 20mm), with a lightly aged finish on the eagle; remnants of gilt finish still showing; very nice detail, which shows light wear to some of the detail on the eagle. The backside is marked, “Scovill Mf 'g Co Waterbury,” with raised letters, which are within a recessed circle with a stippled background. The shank is, tight and intact; the shank is not bent or pushed in. Not dug. A very nice example. The button looks much better in person that in the image. Vg+. $20.00. We have several in this condition. SOLD

Unopened Package Of Twelve Original WW1 Dated U.S. Army Surgical Needles 

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1UW1-1. Sealed manila envelope, 2-1/2-inch x 4-3/4-inch containing 12 special curved Kidney and Liver needles. These needles are quite large, curved with blunt tips designed for surgical sewing of the Kidney and Liver organs. Package marked, “12 Kidney & Liver Needles, L.O.S.M. U.S. Supplies, No. 144 Curved, R-F Co., Inc., Contract, October 30, 1917.” Backside marked, "RANFAC Boston-U.S.A." A perfect addition for any U.S. WW1 medical/surgical/first aid kit. Acquiring medical supplies from this period, in this condition, is extremely difficult. Unused condition. The needles inside the envelope are wrapped in wax paper; some of the needles may have light storage age, packaging is in excellent condition. We have opened one package to display the contents. SCARCE. Unused. Excellent. $20.00 

State Of Connecticut WW1 Service Medal 1917-1918, With Ribbon Bar, In Original Box Of Issue
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1UW1-2 Antique gold finish medal, 1-1/4-inch diameter, depicting, in very high relief, a woman in flowing robe holding an olive branch, standing next to a large eagle with arrows in its talons, with wording, "World War 1917-1918. Reverse depicts an olive branch and State of Connecticut shield logo. Wording, "State of Connecticut for Service. Blue ribbon with white and red central stripe. Slot brooch with horizontal attaching pin and open pin catch. Medal on original card, in original 2-1/4-inch x 3-3/4-inch cardboard box with metal tabs to secure lid, with appropriate ribbon bar in glassine envelope. Card is maker marked, "The Robbins Company, Attleboro, Massachusetts." Slight yellowing to paper parts. Unused. Excellent. $39.00

91st Infantry Division Patch - Handmade
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1UW1-3. The ninety First Division was formed by men from Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming; the division was stationed at Camp Lewis, Washington. The division went to France in July 1818, serving in the Meuse-Argonne Campaigns from September20 to October 3. The Division spent 15-days in quiet sectors and 14-days in active sectors. The Division advanced 34-Km against resistance, they captured 2,412 prisoners; lost 1,414 killed and 4,364. The fur tree was selected for the unit’s insignia as being typical of the far west of the Division. Approximately 2-inch wide at the bottom and 2-3/4-inch high; it’s a double thickness patch constructed of dark green wool twill that is hand machine stitched around its edges; the patch is crude and obviously handmade; because the edges are, hand machine sewn, I doubt that any two were alike. This patch has several large moth holes and separations in the material; however, it’s still a good representative example and would go well with a suitably mothed tunic. Not quite as "holey" looking as in the image. Relic condition. Poor. $15.00

1925 Connecticut Governors Foot Guard Medal Commemorating The 150th Anniversary Of The Battle Of Lexington
GFGmdl.JPG (38995 bytes) 1UW1-4. 1-5/8-inch oval medal with an antiqued brass finish, depicting an armed colonist, (Minute Man), with embossed wording, “Connecticut 1775-1925, 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Lexington.” The reverse depicts an armed Connecticut Governors Foot Guard 
soldier, in uniform, at attention, as well as the embossed seal of the state of Connecticut, which was also the insignia for the Foot Guards hat. Embossed wording, “ At the beginning of the revolution, Connecticut was the only colony having uniformed troops.” The vertical blue and white striped ribbon is suspended from an early style, blackened metal suspension with a horizontal attaching pin and open pin catch. The bottom center reverse of medal is embossed with makers name, “Whitehead Hoag.” The medal is moderately overall tarnished. The ribbon is light to moderately soiled from handling and storage. Vg.
$30.00 SOLD
U.S. Model 1917 Combat Helmet 
M1917Helmet7var.JPG (45714 bytes) 1UW1-5. The exterior of the helmet retains approximately 95%, or more, of its original olive/brown paint and sawdust finish; it exhibits light, even, age, as well as, light dust from years of storage; it also exhibits light to moderate scuffs, surface scratches and a few, white colored, surface smudges. The interior retains approximately 98%, or more, of its original olive/brown paint with very light signs of , sparse, surface rust in some areas, (nothing of concern); there was no sawdust finish applied to the inside of this helmet, (except for a little bit of run-off from the exterior). The adjustable, russet brown, leather chinstrap is secured through riveted metal loops, (American style with round head rivets on each side), and is firmly secured to the helmet by means of a large rivet and washer in the top center of the helmet. The russet leather chinstrap is moderately aged and has an overall smooth, dusty leather, appearance; it has never been oiled, preserved, cleaned or otherwise tampered with; the leather is sound, supple and is not cracked; there is some moderate black deterioration, on one end of the chinstrap, near the loop, caused by the steel rivet, which holds the leather together. The chinstrap hardware is a combination of brass and steel; the hardware is in near excellent condition and the steel buckle retains at least 95% of its original silver plated finish. The interior liner is constructed of black oilcloth, sewn onto a leather band, with a string-netting underneath that could be adjusted to provide a custom fit; there is also a large, oval, gray felt pad glued to the crown for protection and comfort. One-inch sections of black rubber tubes are fitted into the leather part of the liner, between the black oilcloth and the inside of the steel helmet; The rubber provided some padding and absorption of energy if the helmet was struck by a projectile or other debris. The original paper label in the crown is somewhat delicate, it’s heavily aged, but still about 90% intact and mostly legible, it reads, “Tighten Cord And Adjust Net To Fit The Head.” The black oilcloth liner, its components and hardware, exhibit light signs of age and storage dust; the oilcloth is in excellent condition and does not appear to have had any use; it has no cracks or wear. Moderate pieces of brown paper have adhered to the oilcloth liner where it rested on another helmet, for years, with this paper between for protection, (if you have an mind to and have a lot of patience, you can remove the paper by carefully soaking it with warm water and carefully rubbing the paper off). The cloth netting is age but clean and intact; the top pad has areas of heavy mothing, (not too bad looking, still gives the appearance that it’s intact). The inside rim is stamped, “ZJ280.” The inside of the helmet would rate near Vg+; the outside is just about excellent. $135.00 SOLD
Model 1914 Cavalry Bandoleer for M1903 Rifle and M1911 Revolver Cartridges
M1914CavBandoleer.JPG (50504 bytes) 1UW1-6. A heavyweight, woven khaki cotton web cartridge bandoleer designed as a cartridge carrier for the two weapons which the U.S. Cavalry carried. The bandoleer has twelve pockets with, blackened brass, lift-the-dot closures; each pocket is designed to hold five rounds, on a stripper clip, for the M1903 rifle; three aditional pouches, with blackened brass snaps, are designed to hold six loose rounds for the M1911 revolver. The bandoleer design allows for easy access to ammunition, is non-restrictive to movement and can be easily slipped on, or easily removed in an emergency. The heavy khaki cotton webbing is in excellent+ condition throughout, with virtually no signs of age or wear; there is one insignificant spot of light brownish rust, on the lower front of one pocket, where something apparently rested on the webbing during years of storage, as well as very light and very insignificant soil, from handling, (not noticeable and nothing of a serious nature). The blackened finish on the lift-the-dot closures and snaps are in excellent+ condition and retain 99.9% of their original finish. The bandoleer is adjusted and secured by and integral woven web belt, which fits into a flat frame, blackened brass, buckle. A scarce piece of early Cavalry equipment that has been very well taken care of over the years; a real beauty. Unmarked, (most, if not all, of these bandoleers were unmarked). We don’t use the term “museum quality” often, however, this example borders on that statement. You won’t be disappointed. RARE. Excellent++. $350.00
1918 Double Magazine Pouch For Colt 1911 .45cal Pistol - Maker - F.S.F.
45pchw1fsf.JPG (52845 bytes) 1UW1-7. Khaki canvas and web belt pouch holds two .45cal magazines for the Colt 1911 or 1911A1 pistol. Double blackened metal lift the dot closures on front. Metal snap inside belt loop, on backside, will secure pouch to pistol belt. Inside flap stamped, “F.S.F., 8 1918.” These pouches were very well cared for over the past 85 years; they exhibit only the slightest hint of insignificant storage age and would be a great addition to any collection. A beauty. Unused. Near mint.  $26.00
1918 Double Magazine Pouch For Colt 1911 .45cal Pistol - Maker - L.C.C. Co.
45pchw1lcc.JPG (60826 bytes) 1UW1-8. Khaki canvas and web belt pouch holds two .45cal magazines for the Colt 1911 or 1911A1 pistol. Double blackened metal lift the dot closures on front. Metal snap inside belt loop, on backside, will secure pouch to pistol belt. Inside flap stamped, “L.C.C. & Co. (L. C. Chase Co., Watertown Massachusetts) 1918.” These pouches were very well cared for over the past 85 years; they exhibit only the slightest hint of insignificant storage age and would be a great addition to any collection. A beauty. Unused. Near mint.  $26.00
1918 Double Magazine Pouch For Colt 1911 .45cal Pistol - Maker - R. H. Long
45pchw1rhlong.JPG (61599 bytes) 1UW1-9. Khaki canvas and web belt pouch holds two .45cal magazines for the Colt 1911 or 1911A1 pistol. Double blackened metal lift the dot closures on front. Metal snap inside belt loop, on backside, will secure pouch to pistol belt. Inside flap stamped, “R. H. Long, 4-18.” These pouches were very well cared for over the past 85 years; they exhibit very light and insignificant signs of storage age, as well as very light signs verdigris on some of the metal parts. Unused. Excellent++.  $26.00
Aluminum Soap Dish
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1UW1-10. Approximately 3-5/8-inch wide x 2-3/4-inch wide x 1-1/4-inch deep thin aluminum soap dish with the word, "Soap" fancily embossed on the lid. Integral hinge, extruded bottom for strength. Moderate age, wear, dents, dings and scratches consistent with actual use, (still in pretty nice condition). The interior has soap residue and exhibits signs of use. probably a private purchase item of the period. A great item for a WW1 pack or WW1 footlocker display. About Vg. $10.00 SOLD

WW1 U.S. Nurse Medical Armband
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1UW1-11. Approximately 3-inch wide x 3-inch high red linen cross that is machine sewn onto a, double thick, “off-white,” linen armband. Fully opened the armband measures approximately 15-1/2-inch wide x 3-inch high and is machine sewn on all edges, (quite a bit smaller than the medic man’s version); the ends have never been stitched together and there are no signs of use. Very minor and insignificant signs of age from storage. A scarce variation. The white part of the armband is not off color as it appears in the image. Unused. Excellent+. $35.00 SOLD

WW1 Corporal Rank Chevron With Embroidered Quartermaster Branch Of Service Design - Embroidered Wool -Single
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1UW1-12. Olive drab wool background with two, light brown, separately applied, smooth, light brown, wool stripes. The Quartermaster Corps design is machine embroidered with a copper/brown colored thread. Backside exhibits a green thread backing with some copper/brown showing through. During this period only one chevron was worn on the right sleeve. Beautiful quality construction. Unused.  Excellent. $16.00 Single

43rd Infantry Division, Early Style Embroidered on OD Wool
43idOnWool.JPG (66779 bytes) 1UW1-13. Black grape leaf embroidered on a red background, which is directly embroidered onto a 3-inch diameter OD wool circle; a nice, high quality, embroidered patch that is characteristic of private purchase patches made in the late 1920’s to the mid 1930’s. The embroidered design is in excellent condition, the OD wool is also in excellent condition, except for one moth hole at about 7 o’clock, and several bites along the outside edge at about 5 o’clock. The backside is covered with black linen material; there are several minor soil spots on the backing material and a small portion of the backing material is missing in one spot, (nothing of a serious nature). The patch does not appear to have been use. A very nice example. Near excellent. $35.00
Pederson Device Magazine Pouch
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1UW1-14. Heavy woven web belt pouch with blackened lift the dot closure and brass wire belt hook on backside. The Pederson pouch was designed to carry five, 40 rd., Pederson magazines. The Pederson device was designed to convert the U.S. M-1903 Springfield rifle to a submachine gun by substituting the M-1903 bolt with the Pederson style bolt. Pouch marked, “R.I.A. 8-19,” (Rock Island Arsenal, August 1919). Minor light soil from years of storage. SCARCE. Unused. Vg+. $35.00

Pederson Device Magazine Pouch

1UW1-14a. We recently found a few Pederson pouches, in the warehouse, same as above, marked, “R.I.A.” (Rock Island Arsenal), with an interesting date of "1-20," (January 1920). Insignificant light soil from years of storage. SCARCE. Unused. Near excellent. $35.00  

New Britain Connecticut WW1 Service Medal
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1UW1-15. 1-1/2in diameter, heavy bronze medal depicting a flying eagle with olive branch in its beak, a warrior sitting on the top of the world with a sword in one hand and a torch in the other; a broken chain surrounds the world. Front of the medal is embossed, “ In Honor Of Those Who fought For the World Freedom.” The Reverse exhibits the embossed seal of the City of New Britain, Connecticut and the embossed inscription, “Presented By The City Of New Britain In Grateful Recognition.” The red, white and blue, vertically striped ribbon is suspended from a brass, slip through & sewn, attaching bar with a horizontal attaching pin with a roller pin clasp. Makers name, “Robbins Co.,” is embossed, in very tiny letters, below the wreath on the backside. Both the ribbon and the medal are both in in excellent condition. $25.00

Mills Manufactured, U.S. 10-Pocket Model 1910, Dismounted, Rifle Cartridge Belt With Lift The Dot Closure and Interior Snap-Tab Magazine Retainer, The Belt Is Dated July 1917
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1UW1-16. Heavyweight, very light colored khaki woven cotton web cartridge belt manufactured by the Mills Woven Cartridge Belt Co., of Worcester Massachusetts. M1903 type interlocking "T" buckle closure; 10-pockets with blackened brass lift-the-dot closures; the inside flap of the first pocket on each side is, lightly, but, clearly, ink stamped with the Mills, “cartridge,” logo and dated July 1917. The bottom of each pocket is reinforced with an extra, “puckered,” weaving. Each pocket has an internal web strap with one blackened brass snap, which retained the ammunition. The M1910 cartridge belt was constructed with “oval” blackened brass grommets on the bottom edge of the left section and “round” grommets on the right section. The backside of the belt exhibits blackened brass adjusting buckles and belt tips, which are stamped with the Mills, “cartridge,” logo design, as well as, patent dates, “Pat. Jan. 29, 1901; Jul. 16, 1907, and May 18, 1915.” The reverse also has a hand written name, “R Matz.” The webbing color has faded to a pleasing light colored khaki; it exhibits light signs of age, as well as, light, (some bordering on moderate), wear to the edges of some of the pocket flaps. The belt exhibits an overall, light, and even soil from storage, handling and use, as well as, a few heavier spots of soil, (nothing serious). The blackened finish on the brass hardware is lightly worn and aged, consistent with light to moderate actual use. The hardware retains at least 85%, or more of its original finish. Some of the grommets exhibit extremely light and very insignificant signs of verdigris, which is almost not worth mentioning. The belt is light khaki colored, not the yellowish color as seen in the image. A “salty” looking belt that’s in quite nice condition. Vg. $89.00 SOLD

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