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Aug 9, 2022 - 8:46 AM
1672 posts since 10/12/2011

Recently I picked up some WWI & WWII items. I've been able to find most everything to establish a value but one item is eluding me.

It's a WWI US officers bed roll. It has a hand painted 78th Infantry insignia, and its stenciled to belong to 2nd LT James R. Tiffany of the Co. A 309 MG BN. The 309 Machine Gun Battalion, was in Meues- Argonne and Saint Mihiel in 1918.

I found an un-personalized one on ebay for $250 but would mine be worth more,less? Obviously the one on ebay has not sold, and I can't really find others to compare prices. It's missing a strap and has some rips. But it is over a hundred years old so that's to be expected. I can try and take some photos, to upload later.

I may sell it and want to be fair. I just don't think I can keep it preserved in our log cabin in woods, with out some critter getting after it.  I've unsuccessfully, tried to locate a similar forum like BHO but for WWI collectors.  Any one have an idea where I can find some resources?  

Edited by - buckholler on 08/09/2022 09:05:23

Aug 9, 2022 - 9:58:22 AM
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Wish I could help. I don’t have a clue.
But I do admire the appreciation you have for an amazing article of history.
Something will turn up.

Aug 11, 2022 - 9:11:34 AM
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heavy5

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2414 posts since 11/3/2016

Can't say I'm a WW1 collector but picked up this WW1 helmet long ago .
My yougest son was in 2nd grade (now 47) & needed something to enter the school hat contest so I mounted the deer rack on it & he won 1st place & its been hanging in my hangar/pole barn since along w/ a ww2 flyng jacket .
I thought of listing the helmet on Craigslist here during deer season calling it "the action hat" but , ah , maybe not ! :0)

not the greatest pic but u get the idea


 

Aug 12, 2022 - 6:54:59 AM

13369 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by heavy5

Can't say I'm a WW1 collector but picked up this WW1 helmet long ago .
My yougest son was in 2nd grade (now 47) & needed something to enter the school hat contest so I mounted the deer rack on it & he won 1st place & its been hanging in my hangar/pole barn since along w/ a ww2 flyng jacket .
I thought of listing the helmet on Craigslist here during deer season calling it "the action hat" but , ah , maybe not ! :0)

not the greatest pic but u get the idea


Bob .... the WW II flying jacket should have some value to it, even without any graphics painted or sewn on it.  I'm not sure the barn is the best place to store it.

Aug 12, 2022 - 7:19 AM

heavy5

USA

2414 posts since 11/3/2016

quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink
quote:
Originally posted by heavy5

Can't say I'm a WW1 collector but picked up this WW1 helmet long ago .
My yougest son was in 2nd grade (now 47) & needed something to enter the school hat contest so I mounted the deer rack on it & he won 1st place & its been hanging in my hangar/pole barn since along w/ a ww2 flyng jacket .
I thought of listing the helmet on Craigslist here during deer season calling it "the action hat" but , ah , maybe not ! :0)

not the greatest pic but u get the idea


Bob .... the WW II flying jacket should have some value to it, even without any graphics painted or sewn on it.  I'm not sure the barn is the best place to store it.


Aug 12, 2022 - 7:20:15 AM

heavy5

USA

2414 posts since 11/3/2016

Thanks, I will ck it out!

Aug 12, 2022 - 9:42:55 AM

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I’ve got an M1 Garand. It was made in January 1942. It definitely was used a lot.

Aug 12, 2022 - 2:44:07 PM
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heavy5

USA

2414 posts since 11/3/2016

Our company I think in 62 were the last ones at Fort Dix NJ to utilize the M1 before they went to the M14 in infantry training . The range there was 500 yds & those M1's were accurate allowing u to reach out & hit the target @ 500 yds if u knew how to shoot . M1's were 9.5 lbs verses the 14's 8.3 lbs to which Garand helped design . I'll never forget basic & some of the city dudes that didn't know a rifle from a water hydrant & some of the farm boys who didn't take showers . Ha , some of us sure corrected that !    

Edited by - heavy5 on 08/12/2022 15:01:01

Aug 12, 2022 - 4:29:46 PM
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rcc56

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4430 posts since 2/20/2016

My father was in Patton's infantry. He was in France, Belgium, probably Luxembourg, and eventually crossed into Germany. He never knew exactly where he was, because the officers wouldn't tell their troops. That was because if they were captured, it prevented the enemy from discerning their movements.

He landed in Marseilles in 1944. The next morning, he and 21 others were loaded into a DC-3 airplane and flown to a field somewhere in the interior of France. They got out of the plane and started to mill around the field. A non-com quickly spotted them and shouted, "What the hell's wrong with you? Take cover." They were somewhere in the outer margins of the Battle of the Bulge.

He later found out that of the 22 men on that plane, only he and 2 others got through the war without being killed, wounded, or captured.

When I was very young, he had a number of sharpshooter medals that he had earned in a frame on the wall.
By the time I was 10 or 12, those medals had disappeared, never to be seen again.

I didn't understand how much the war had affected my father until I was in my 40's. The experience haunted him throughout his life. He used to like to fish, but quit fishing later in life because he did not want to see any more blood and death.

Late in his life, he gave me a book by Bill Maudlin called "Up Front," which described the lives of infantry men in the war. He said that he didn't have it quite as hard as some of the boys in the book, but he had it hard enough.

I have nothing but respect for the men who were there.

Edited by - rcc56 on 08/12/2022 16:30:24

Aug 15, 2022 - 7:22 AM

1672 posts since 10/12/2011

quote:
Originally posted by Leslie R

I’ve got an M1 Garand. It was made in January 1942. It definitely was used a lot.


I have a 52 Garand.  But I was luck to pick up a Utica Cutlery WWII M1 bayonet, with all the stuff I bought.  That got well oiled and tucked away in the gun safe.  Also picked up a WWII M1 helmet with Westinghouse liner.  Along with varous other items.  Good score for the history buff in me.

Edited by - buckholler on 08/15/2022 07:24:39

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Aug 19, 2022 - 9:05:29 AM
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59447 posts since 12/14/2005

Just a suggestion to potential buyers of the Action Hat:

It is SELDOM  a  GOOD IDEA to have ANTLERS on your head during DEER SEASON!

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