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4thGordons

I was having a bit of a sort out and needed to stand these outside for a moment so I took a couple of pictures....no idea what the neighbours think! (actually yes I do...:ph34r:)

 

I have been working on a couple of French uniforms for several years - they are getting closer to completion (or at least as close as they might get!) - its a little harder to find stuff on this side of the Atlantic and it seems quite a few French online sellers require bank transfers which seems to send my local bank into all sorts of confusion.

 

I'm still looking for a ARS (or other) French Gas mask tin for the Horizon Blue display. I am not happy with the Musette on it either - it was sold as original but I have my doubts. Holster contains a Lebel revolver on the early war mannequin and I have a "Ruby" automatic for the later display. I would like to add a map case to the early war mannequin. Neither of the boots shown are original - they are just rough approximations (ie boots)

 

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The mannequins are very cheap Chinese produced fiberglass ones - they are "Teenagers" so 5'8" and narrow waist/chest so fits the smaller uniforms ok.

 

Chris

 

 

 

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CROONAERT
1 hour ago, 4thGordons said:

...I am not happy with the Musette on it either - it was sold as original but I have my doubts. ...

 

 

I'd agree with you on that, Chris. I can't see what the strap is made of from the image, but, generally, the issue musette strap was the same colour as the bag itself (white for the early ones, and a range of beiges, browns, creams and even almost red for later wartime issues... green were all post war by quite a few years) and yours strikes me as quite an odd shape. Presumably, the buttons are the standard 'equipments militaire' stamped alloy/aluminium  buttons?

 

Below is illustrated one of my standard issue musettes of the mid-war period for illustration (on a mixed set of repro and genuine 1914 illustrative equipment). I have another couple (most French soldiers carried two), and they are identical to this one.

 

(Incidentally, 'Relics From the Front' has, what looks like a decent enough , 1918 dated, ARS canister at the moment if you're still looking (though, when I got mine, you could get 2 or 3 for that price!). I've used them a couple of times and they seem  pretty reputable (pretty cheap Adrians for renovation... a little sideline of mine at the moment!)... just take the descriptions with a pinch of salt! The link for the ARS tin is here... https://relicsfromthefront.co.uk/products/rare-french-ww1-2nd-pattern-gas-mask-tin-dated-1918-found-on-the-somme    There is another on there ('found on the Somme'), but it's post war.)

 

Dave

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear Chris,

That sword must have been a damned nuisance when involved in any sort of military operations, surely.

As far as the mannequins are concerned, all soldiers are young-looking, so just fine - but why not apply a fair moustache to one of them?

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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4thGordons

Thanks, Dave.

Here are a couple of close-ups of the bag. Its dark here now so a bit difficult to get colours accurately represented.

The body of the bag is a rather pinkish sandy colour and the strap is reddish brown.

There are two stamps on the inside of the flap but I cannot make them out.

The buttons are indeed equipments militaire. 

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This is a pretty good rendition of the colour

 

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The colour is off on this one but it shows the strap buckle (the strap is much more red as shown above)

 

Here is the stamping:

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If it is indeed 100 years old it is in REMARKABLE condition. I am not convinced.

Chris

 

 

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GRANVILLE

My figure is currently doing his bit with the British Legion in Bakewell who have taken over a vacant unit in an arcade in the town from which to raise monies for the Poppy Appeal.

 

David

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gordon92
22 hours ago, 4thGordons said:

The mannequins are very cheap Chinese produced fiberglass ones - they are "Teenagers" so 5'8" and narrow waist/chest so fits the smaller uniforms ok.

 

Chris,

 

Great displays.  The mannequins are not bad at all.  Could you give details on the supplier?

 

Mike

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gordon92

Glad to see that this thread has been re-initiated.  I will add my most recent uniform display.  This is Captain (later Brigadier) Hector Robert Hume Greenfield, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders as he would have appeared in a uniform that has a tailor's label dated May 1918 but was clearly worn beyond that date.  He served in WW1 and WW2.  The medal ribbons above the left breast pocket are Great War trio, 1937 Coronation, and Serbian Order of the White Eagle.

 

Some bio info through WW1 and beyond: b. 21-6-1893 - d. 19-2-1975; Eaton 1909; Sandhurst 1911-12; 2nd LT 4-9-1912; with 1st Bn A&SH India 1912-14; France 19-12-1914 through 30-11-1915 with 1st A&SH; Lt 12-12-1914; Capt 1-10-1915; Salonika 1-12-1915 through 30-11-1916 with 1st A&SH; Wounded probably November 1916; Specially employed War Office 9-7-1917 through 16-11-1918 and 21-10-1919 through 13-10-1921; various staff jobs through 27-9-1937 at home and abroad; Major 20-3-1930; Lt Col 19-2-1938; CO of 2nd Bn A&SH 1938-40 in Rawalpindi and Singapore; CO 15th Brigade 1940-43; temp Brigadier 25-1-1941; Col 19-2-1941; CO Staff School Haifa 1943-44; CO 2nd Sudan Defence Force Brigade 1944-45; CO Eritea District 1945-46; retired mid-1946.

 

The uniform jacket in the photo below is of light gabardine material with staff gorgets on collar containing buttons with Geo V cypher.  He is wearing a WW1 glengarry of OR's pattern with leather bordering; it is unclear if Greenfield actually wore the glengarry or if it was added by the previous owner of the uniform.

 

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear gordon92,

I commend you on the excellent presentation of Capt Greenfield.

Most clever of you to have found his portrait, too. One wonders where his medals are...?

You will be interested to see the latter-day59d2b64d36669_HaifaStaffCollege9thWarCourseCmdtBrigGreenfield.jpg.f1f57c26c4296b52ddee78f18ab53b12.jpg Greenfield, as Commandant, Haifa Staff College (my AIF officer father attended 6th War Course).

Kindest regards,

Kim.

 

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leibregiment

Here is my little display corner

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear leibregiment,

One cannot do it any better. 

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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leibregiment

Thanks Kim...best regards back

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Muerrisch

leibregiment

German Militaria is/are not my scene, but what an impressive collection!

 

WOW factor 10/10

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gordon92
20 hours ago, Kimberley John Lindsay said:

Dear gordon92,

I commend you on the excellent presentation of Capt Greenfield.

Most clever of you to have found his portrait, too. One wonders where his medals are...?

You will be interested to see the latter-day59d2b64d36669_HaifaStaffCollege9thWarCourseCmdtBrigGreenfield.jpg.f1f57c26c4296b52ddee78f18ab53b12.jpg Greenfield, as Commandant, Haifa Staff College (my AIF officer father attended 6th War Course).

Kindest regards,

Kim.

 

Kim,

I am most grateful for this post.  This will be a highly welcome addition to my Greenfield file.

 

The whereabouts of his medals are an interesting point.  I have the address of Captain Greenfield's son.  Greenfield was married twice, and his still surviving son was not born until 1949.  When I write him, I will include a query on that.  In your photo, it appears he has ribands for the same 5 medals as on the uniform in my possession.

 

Mike

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gordon92
1 hour ago, Muerrisch said:

leibregiment

German Militaria is/are not my scene, but what an impressive collection!

 

WOW factor 10/10

I also add my applause to your displays.

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robins2
6 hours ago, gordon92 said:

I also add my applause to your displays.

very impressive display

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