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My Weekend finds

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    Hello all,

    I usually hit the markets and junk shops- hell just about anywhere I think I can find some interesting bits of history.

    I have been doing this for a good few years now and you never know what you are going to find out there....(I mainly focus on WWI & WWII- if I can find American Civil War I'd pick it up but its rather expensive and rare around here).

    There is a few Modern US Army Items- in plastic bag, a 40'S to 50's US Areonautic first aid kit, a 1957 USN Flight survival flotation vest- with 2 smoker flares (intact), shark chaser, marker dye, whistle - seems to just be missing the flashlights. Also an assortment of WWII to 90's patches so Sterling Silver WWII pins (Rifle), A Pre to WWI OD tin mess cup, dog tag and a Red Cross ditty bag and such.

    I mostly hunt for helmets but this was a odd helmet-free day.
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    Fred Green

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    Looks like a nice haul. Can we see the bottom of the cup? Is it US marked? Thanks.


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    Hello Fred- Thank you.

    Sadly no US stamps at all, it has OD paint and I have found "like" cups with US stamps but this is not stamped but it is the same construction sans the stamps.

    I paid nothing for it that's why I picked it up.

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    Newest pick-ups from the weekend hunt- a lot of stuff but I paid nothing for the items seen here, a very inexpensive weekend.

    M-1943 Field Jacket (((any one know what the unit patch is?)))
    US Army officer cap WWII
    US Army officer cap 50's
    3 assorted US WWII garrison caps
    2 US WWII belts
    WWII US Army government Gas Mask
    1 US WWII field pack
    WWI Pouch
    50's US CD First Aid kit- fully loaded....crazy stuff
    US Vietnam pouch
    US 50's era cold weather Hat
    US 80's canteen & cover
    WWII US Canteen, cover and web belt
    US WWII Half a mess kit

    Unknown US stamped tin plate. Any Ideas?

    Nice veteran Spanish German helmet- I just love the look of this piece, I 'm not into Spanish lids but this one just looks great! ((anyone know the Unit?))
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    Nice haul man! The patch would be the 13th Corps U.S WWII.

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    XIII corps- interesting history there, since it's a RI formed unit it makes sense I found it close by.

    Thanks for the input!

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    I'm not going to be able to run out this weekend so I hit the only place open today- nice little haul at a place that is usually pretty sleepy!

    A US Army WWII pith helmet

    US Vietnam entrenching tool

    Looks to be a US Vietnam era uniform, just missing one collar pin

    US OD possibly pre WWI metal pitcher

    A Nice WWII German Gas Mask with all the extra lens & even has the gas mask filter cap

    US WWII tie down straps with buckles 2x

    Older US Navy gear bag with a odd striped long tie? not sure but it looks old. From the USS Eisele (DE-34), an Evarts-class destroyer escort.

    2 more modern Military helmets- one for certain is a German Army Bundeswehr with camo cover, the other is a mystery, I bought them together so it was decent package deal.

    It was a fun morning as I never ever bought a helmet from this market- it's known more for tools & smalls- today was great, I passed on a WWI/II lid.
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    This was a late addition to yesterdays finds- this came in a box of non military items- a silver US Navy pin of unknown age...was very happy to find it in there
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    This is a pick-up from a while back, I'm going to post some of the near recent finds to catch up here
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    The other helmet next to Bundeswehr is Swiss M71 helmet.
    German gasmask is M38.
    Looking for following WWII German items:
    - anything dealing with Allenstein (Olsztyn) and Wehrkreis I in East Prussia,
    - entrenching tool carrier (straight and folding),
    - forestry and hunting items,
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