I collect various items one being coins. While it is not militaria, I own a Washington cent from 1783. In regards to military, it would be a small verdun medal i own (without a ribbon)
Thanks GreekMilitaria !
I also have this Roman coin I bought from a Bedu woman when travelling through Jordan 3 years ago. I think it is an antoninanus from the time of Emperor Aurelian, struck following the defeat of Zenobia around 271 AD. It seems too corroded to tell for sure but I think it was minted at Antioch.
For me is a 19th century flintlock pistol and a Napoleon medal from 1821.
Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377
Certainly not my oldest but definitely the most treasured. My Grandfathers Queen Mary Christmas tin with original ration.
He was in the Royal Horse Artillery . Also have the silver headed bullet / pencil.
I love how this thread has developed . Thanks to all of you for contributing your oldest treasures in your collection. I know I have already made two posts here but every few months or so , I remember something I have buried away or I just stumble upon something in my collection that would be a nice addition to this fine thread.
That being said, I have this German leather cartridge pouch with a couple stamped dates on it, the oldest stamp being, "1882" and the other , "1889". It is also unit marked nice and clearly.
The condition is simply incredible considering its age. The leather is very supple and the black polish is nice and dark. I may have posted it on the forum some time ago, but I thought it had a place here as well. I keep the straps unbuttoned so it prevents any damage when opening and closing multiple times over the years.
The stamps read as follows..
(Black ink stamps under lid):11K 1889. H (circled)
(Leather is stamped on back): G.R.123. 1882 (in a rectangle)
(Stamps partially obstructed by buckle tab) A.D____ (and just below that..) BAB___.
(Below that, two large letters): FB
(And finally there are some very faint stamps almost invisible that are partially covered by the buckle tab that appear to be a large circle about the size of a document stamp with writing on the inside and under it a barely noticeable date, "1882".
Any suggestions are welcome
Last edited by Dean; 01-18-2014 at 03:23 AM.