UNITED STATES MILITARIA OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR AND EARLIER

#US1018 Early USMC Shelter Tent
Original pre-WWI U.S. Marine Corps depot made shelter tent. The USMC first began using shelter tents in the Spanish American War and by 1900 the USMC depot began manufacturing their own. This shelter tent is a depot manufactured example, it’s undated but features a USMC surcharge in the centre that is original and aged with the rest of the shelter tent, it has the remnants of an old tag and is also marked to the USMC “New York Depot”. All depot made USMC shelter tents are extremely scarce and missing from even advanced USMC collections. We have had several over the years and believe this example is pre-WWI and may have possibly been in service until the early years of WWII. The condition of this example is field used, with some small holes from snags and staining as shown in the photos. Scarce. $650

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#US1020 USMC DQP Leggings
Original WWI U.S. Marine Corps leggings manufactured by the USMC Philadelphia Depot. Top example without any damage, lightly worn if at all. Nicely marked with manufacturers in stamps on the interior. Scarce. $225

#EC23 U.S. Army Cotton Khaki Breeches
Original WWI U.S. Army ‘Breeches, Cotton, Khaki’ with an approximately 29-inch waist and 22-inch inseam. Intended to be worn with the cotton khaki service coat, they were made with a five-button fly (with the buttons marked ‘U.S. Army’ to the front), six belt loops, two front hip pockets, two rear pockets, a watch pocket in the waistband, an inside knee patch for wear, and laced knees. This style continued to be an issue item into WWII, but saw limited use. In issued but excellent condition. $100

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#EC97 U.S. Army ‘M1916 Pouch for Small Articles’
Original WWI U.S. Army ‘M1916 Pouch for Small Articles’. Manufactured by OMO in 1918. In excellent lightly used condition. $45

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#EC98 U.S. Army .30 Cal. Barrel Cleaning Rod Case
Original WWI U.S. Army .30 Caliber Barrel Cleaning Rod Case manufactured by R.H. Long in August of 1918. In excellent unissued condition. $25
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#EC46 U.S. Army Signal Corps Flag Kit Bag
Original WWI U.S. Army Signal Corps flag kit bag. Excellent example, likely unissued. $40

#VW4 WWI YMCA Letters From the Front
Original WWI collection of YMCA letters from the front lines home. Interesting content that is easy to read. Nice lot. $200
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#US1008 SONGS The Soldiers And Sailors SING
SONGS The Soldiers And Sailors SING. A small book of music and songs for soldiers to use in their down time and on the ships to and from Europe. Nice booklet, complete, good condition given the age. $20
 
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#US1006 Foot Powder, with contents
Original WWI U.S. military contract foot powder container still full with contents. $20
 

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#SB4 29th Infantry Division Camouflage and Flashed M1917 Helmet
Original 29th Infantry Division camouflage and flashed M1917 helmet. Original period applied camouflaged textured paint with 29th Infantry Division 'blue and gray' flash. Similar helmets are shown in Alexander F. Barnes book 'LET'S GO the history of the 29th Infantry Division 1917-2001'. The unit departed for the Western Front in 1918 to join the American Expeditionary Forces during WWI and spent 21 days in combat accomplishing their objectives in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive at a heavy cost taking approximately 30% casualties. The condition of the helmet is excellent, however typical with these M1917's the liner is loose inside the helmet. *Sold*

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#RG109 3rd U.S. Army Camouflaged and Flashed M1917 "Doughboy" Helmet
Original WWI 3rd U.S. Army camouflaged and flashed M1917 "Doughboy" helmet. Excellent example with period applied camouflage paint and markings with great colours and lots of genuine patina. Typically WWI "Doughboy" helmets have fallen apart liners, this one is pretty decent overall with one break to the chinstrap, but it is in much better than average condition. This is a great genuine helmet for any collection. *Sold*

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#US1002 USMC M1911 Eagle Snap Magazine Pouch
Original WWI United States Marine Corps leather double mag pouch for the M1911 with USMC eagle, globe and anchor snap.  From the pre-WWI era and would have been used in WWI as well. Inside the flap are some USMC Battery markings but they are not visible in the photos.  One of very few known surviving examples, the only one we've ever seen on the loose. *Sold*
 
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#US1017 USMC P1915 Complete Pack in Khaki Green
Original WWI era U.S. Marine Corps early depot manufactured P1915 pack in green khaki with khaki cloth tape edging. Superlative example that is in near mint museum grade condition that would be impossible to upgrade. Complete with original matching USMC depot manufactured pack tail and meat can pouch. All components feature the correct original USMC surcharge stamp. Scarce set, most of these packs saw hard use with the Marine Corps, this is the best example in existence that we are currently aware of. *Sold*
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#US1015 USMC EGA Eagle Snap M1910 Canteen Set
Original WWI United States Marine Corps (USMC) eagle, globe, and anchor (EGA) button snap M1910 canteen set. The canteen cover is in excellent condition without damage, the snaps are working properly and the hanger is the original USMC style wire hanger. The Marine Corps began production of the M1910 canteen carrier in 1912, with the main noticeable difference being the EGA eagle button snaps as opposed to U.S. Army eagle snaps. These canteens served with the Marines pre-WWI and well into the war. This set includes early M1910 canteen with flat top that is original to the set. Some of these early canteens were acquired by the Marine Corps. There is a canteen cup inside the cover, we did not make any effort to remove it as it seems deeply settled in place. Overall, an excellent and very scarce USMC canteen set. *Sold*
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#US1012 USMC Single Enlisted Droop Wing EGA
Original WWI single Enlisted Collar Droop Wing Eagle Globe Anchor (EGA) of the United States Marine Corps (USMC).  Background: The present EGA design was based on that established between 10 November 1775 and the date that the Marines were revised in 1798. In those days the buttons they wore had 13 stars around the top and an eagle with partially outstretched wings clutching an ardent fouled anchor.  It was not until 13 November 1868 that the globe, inspired by the British Royal Marines, was added. The eagle then clutched the globe which was centralized over the ardent fouled anchor and chain.  Since 1868 designs existed for officers dress uniforms in silver and gold, NCO’s and EM dress uniforms in brass and for other uniforms a black example. The officer’s examples tend to have a loose or separate piece of rope fouled in the anchor while that found on enlisted examples is part of the die of the entire badge.  In addition to the cap badge, a pair of collar badges were worn made in right and left facing designs. During WWII examples of the EGA were made in economy plastic and continued to be made in the US after the war. There are many different varieties of designs worn between the 19th and 20th Century. They can be differentiated by details of the eagle, positioning of head, wings and style of globe and anchor. They were mostly supplied with screw back fasteners. This is a nice example of a WWI USMC EGA. *Sold*
 
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#US1007 United States Rifle Caliber .30 Model of 1917
Original WWI United States Rifle Caliber .30 Model of 1917 original manual. This manually is fairly thick and contains a lot of information as well as drawings of the rifle and accessories. Condition overall is used with serial numbers written on the back, the staples holding it together have rusted but are still doing their job. Printed by Washington Government Printing Officer in 1918. Nice uncommon manual. *Sold*