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Forum: Imperial Militaria Forum Yesterday, 06:54 PM
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Posted By phild
That is interesting information to know. Full...

That is interesting information to know. Full disclosure here, I have never personally handled any other Pollath type badge than the pilot version. I would assume based on the information in the...
Forum: Imperial Militaria Forum Yesterday, 01:28 PM
Replies: 19
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Posted By phild
IMO the rayed back as used on the observer badge...

IMO the rayed back as used on the observer badge served 2 purposes. The most obvious is that it provided an attractive and striking background for the the enamel korps command flag, maybe...
Forum: Imperial Militaria Forum 02-22-2020, 03:57 PM
Replies: 19
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Posted By phild
Please understand that I’m NOT saying that rayed...

Please understand that I’m NOT saying that rayed back pilot’s example are not more desirable as I think they probably are in that they are far less seen, but I don’t think they are a special deluxe...
Forum: Imperial Militaria Forum 02-22-2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 19
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Posted By phild
IMO whenever a pilot’s badge is encountered with...

IMO whenever a pilot’s badge is encountered with a ray back we are seeing an observers badge back being utilized, nothing more nothing less. Since the observer badge was adopted at the beginning of...
Forum: Photos and Paper Items Forum 02-21-2020, 09:52 AM
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Posted By phild
If it is it is surely heavily criticized and...

If it is it is surely heavily criticized and doubted by expert collectors as it is not “correct”. It is an M43 type with faux box pleats added to the 4 pockets to dress it up. Often seen in photos...
Forum: Firearms Forum 02-20-2020, 08:50 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By phild
Agree with above, the grips certainty look to...

Agree with above, the grips certainty look to have been cleaned. That does not bother me much price wise but others will differ.
Forum: Firearms Forum 02-19-2020, 09:38 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By phild
I think that the grips and rods are pre 45. Many...

I think that the grips and rods are pre 45. Many years and types of Lugers had unmarked and non numbered grips. Funny collectors often don’t know that and insist everypart be numbered so good pieces...
Forum: Imperial Militaria Forum 02-18-2020, 10:33 AM
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Posted By phild
I agree with Mike. I’d go further and say this...

I agree with Mike. I’d go further and say this one probably dates from 1915-1916 based on marking location and stamp characteristics. The amount of honest service wear further supports a badge worn...
Forum: U.S. Militaria Forum 02-11-2020, 06:12 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By phild
I don’t know what all variations were Australian...

I don’t know what all variations were Australian made, perhaps others know this is one of them but it is not like the ones that I know from there. Other characteristics of this one lead me to believe...
Forum: Firearms Forum 02-11-2020, 03:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 251
Posted By phild
I’m going to change my opinion written above. I...

I’m going to change my opinion written above. I have what I think is a better sense of the size and have relooked the photos.

I now tend to think this is for a smaller pistol, likely an automatic...
Forum: Firearms Forum 02-11-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 251
Posted By phild
I have no sense of size or scale in these photos....

I have no sense of size or scale in these photos. For sure Revolver, 19th century possibly as early as Civil war. Very high quality private made not military contract maybe English as closure,...
Forum: Daggers and Edged Weapons Forum 02-11-2020, 12:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 555
Posted By phild
Yes as shown there seem to have been a small...

Yes as shown there seem to have been a small number dated in 1940, but after November 1939 they suspended the award process until after the war. The number of SS personnel added from the end of 1935...
Forum: Luftwaffe Flying Corps: Uniforms, Traditions, and Equipment 02-07-2020, 09:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 233
Posted By phild
I think it probably was/is a LW Officers coat. It...

I think it probably was/is a LW Officers coat. It is not the strictly regulation style with rear half belt, but I have seen some with the full coat belt being worn in period photos. Most key features...
Forum: Daggers and Edged Weapons Forum 02-05-2020, 08:44 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By phild
The last year of the SS dagger presentations.

The last year of the SS dagger presentations.
Forum: Wehrmacht Equipment Forum 02-05-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By phild
I tend to agree with comment above. I will revise...

I tend to agree with comment above. I will revise my original comment about it being a reproduction as it does not copy anything. I still think they the leather is an usual texture but probably not...
Forum: Wehrmacht Equipment Forum 02-04-2020, 09:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 223
Posted By phild
Sorry to preempt the other photos but I can tell...

Sorry to preempt the other photos but I can tell you with near certainty that the holster is a recent reproduction made from Asian buffalo leather.
Forum: Fallschirmjäger Forum 02-02-2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By phild
Hard to tell which knife I’m looking at in most...

Hard to tell which knife I’m looking at in most photos but at least one of them is an SMF and maybe both. It would be interesting to know if both or either are RBn on the base of the spike. If not, I...
Forum: British and Commonwealth Militaria 02-01-2020, 07:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Posted By phild
I can not read the maker mark and it would be...

I can not read the maker mark and it would be important to know if it has British military inspection marks or not.
In the US this pattern is often sought due to their wide import during the...
Forum: Optics Forum 01-31-2020, 04:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 424
Posted By phild
I understand what you are saying about cross wind...

I understand what you are saying about cross wind factors on bullet strike, but even with no wind a right hand rifling twist will cause a bullet strike to be more and more right of the target as the...
Forum: Optics Forum 01-31-2020, 10:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 424
Posted By phild
I agree with what you stated above. I have read...

I agree with what you stated above. I have read both of their books as well and gleaned the same thing. Stukus basically gave the data on every shot in his book. I recall most of them were between...
Forum: Wehrmacht Equipment Forum 01-31-2020, 12:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 509
Posted By phild
I wonder if half of those who post on a thread...

I wonder if half of those who post on a thread bother to read any other post after the opening one.

When these showed up they were all (that I saw) new old stock. I never saw one with any markings...
Forum: Firearms Forum 01-30-2020, 09:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 280
Posted By phild
Always a lot of different opinions whenever Luger...

Always a lot of different opinions whenever Luger and value is mentioned in the same sentence, so here is one more.

There are 6 possible date/maker combinations possible with WWI LP08.

There...
Forum: Heer Uniforms and Insignia Forum 01-30-2020, 01:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 586
Posted By phild
Officer shoulder boards have been well reproduced...

Officer shoulder boards have been well reproduced for a long time. One contributing factor to this fact may be that board’s made in the same general style were made by many companies (some no doubt...
Forum: Optics Forum 01-30-2020, 09:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 424
Posted By phild
I think your description of the zero process that...

I think your description of the zero process that you provided above is exactly correct. I base my knowledge on the turret mount and I know that there would not normally be time to adjust windage...
Forum: Wehrmacht Equipment Forum 01-29-2020, 10:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 509
Posted By phild
These have existed since at least the late 1960s...

These have existed since at least the late 1960s (I owned them then and they were not brand new then) and I doubt if 50 people in the US much knew or much less cared what a MP43/44 pouch was then.
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