07-07-2014, 02:38 PM
That's an awesome uniform you have there Michael. I never cease to be amazed by the Italians "exuberant" uniforms meaning that their uniforms had more bells and whistles than even the kings formals(compare it to an Ozzy uniform) My Dad, who was my hero and WW II vet, in later life told me many stories about his service in the ETO and one was that most line soldiers quickly leared that you can't be luggin' around souvenirs in a war zone........he lugged a fur coat for my Mom and a concertina for his Dad for about a week before he threw them in a ditch because they were so much trouble. It wasn't till they reached Germany that my Dad collected odd bits of flotsam and jetsam. I think insofar as the Americans were concerned they were too busy "moving out" in Sicily and Italy to collect souvenirs. Best.
07-07-2014 02:38 PM
07-09-2014, 09:13 PM
Hi Adrian, Yes, you could well be correct. The reason that I dated it earlier is the style of crown. Although in execusion the crown is poor, it does none-the-less resemble the Victoria Crown and looks nothing like the Imperial Crown of the WWI period. In any event, I think we can agree that it worth a show regardless of period. Thank you Ade for your comments and for your interest. Now, lets see your silk!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cheers Michael R
07-09-2014, 09:23 PM
Hi Fast, I understand exactly where your Dad was coming from. Even as a long time collector, having been on the Falklands for 4 months, all I wanted was out and left a shed load of Argie gear behind which is probably both collectable and of some value now. But hay ho thats life. My Grandfather was in the Merchant Navy and post D Day was conveying equipment into France and German POW's out. He told be that for a few cigs he could have traded almost any german kit or badges etc. Instead all he was interested in was lengths of rope!! At that time, rope was in very short supply and had a ready value, German stuff had no value at least not to him.
Cheers Michael R
PS Thank you for your kind comments MR
08-31-2014, 07:17 PM
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07-02-2016, 03:57 AM
07-24-2016, 08:24 PM
Hi MAP, Long time no speak!!! Thank you for trying to revive "An old thread". Both nice items but I particularly like the RAF lighter!! I intend putting a few more items on this thread so keep watching!!!!!
With thanks, regards and best wishes Michael R
07-24-2016, 09:21 PM
Will look for them. Can't wait. Glad you like the lighter. Just one of those items sitting on the table that caught my eye...
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