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Treasures Abound...
« on: November 23, 2006, 12:41:46 PM »
I like GAR/UCV memorabilia.

I collect the various Ladder Badges, pins, ribbons and medals, and the like.

I've even written about it in 'North-South Trader's Civil War' magazine - with a smattering of information here, as well - and have a couple of articles currently in the hopper - expanding on them as I find interesting things.

Consequently, I keep my eyes open for all manner of Veteran's memorabilia, since other folks also seem to find it interesting, and a piece or two can add to your Impression, since pretty much all men of the time had served, and even the women had their patriotic organizarions as well - with many variations on the theme of commemorating those sacrifices made by their families.

The other day - something surfaced...

Most Veteran's memorabilia consists of a badge or medal or other souvenir, and they're fairly common - especially around the larger cities that held Conventions.

This was different - it actually has a post-convention use beyond being worn at a local Post meeting.

It's a pocket flask...

One of the unifying phrases of the time was 'We Drank From the Same Canteen' - signifying the pure 'humanity' of soldiery.

This became even more evocative after the War, as those men aged, and feelings mellowed, and the souvenir sellers/sutlers exploited this with celluliod pins and buttons - but the Philadelphia firm of 'A.Ledig & Son' produced a truly 'usable' souvenir in the shape of an issue canteen - complete with correctly-made cork stopper and chain.

Helluva deal, when you think of it - a canteen whose contents could be shared with compatriots that could also be used as a personal flask later on, and in a time when a large portion of men enjoyed a 'wee taste of the crayture' - it was both handy to own and signified wartime service at the same time.

It's complete - made of pewter - with a tasseled Red,White and Blue braided cord that serves as the 'strap', and the boss on its center features an intertwined 'GAR' in brass.
It measures 4 1/2" across and is about 1 1/4" wide at the center.

Whether is was sold 'filled' is anyone's guess - though no doubt a purveyor of spirits was nearby - small funnel at the ready.

Keep your eyes open - treasures abound...

Vaya,

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Re: Treasures Abound...
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2006, 07:00:25 PM »
That's great. Sounds like a wonderful piece! I've started collecting 1916 Mexican Punitive Expedition pieces. Oftentimes mis-identified in antique shops, some bargains can still be had. :)
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Re: Treasures Abound...
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2006, 11:16:58 PM »
I've collected the Punitive Expeditionary stuff for over 40 years - and there are still interesting things coming to light.

What's harder to find though, are artifacts from the Mexican Revolution.

Most of that stuff was simply worn out.

Good Hunting!

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Re: Treasures Abound...
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2006, 08:26:56 PM »
Jeepers,  I'm all for collecting historically important and reasonably-priced militaria- Maybe I ought to give up collecting WWII American and German stuff (a literal mine field of reproductions and outright fraud). 

Nahh.... I've got too much $$$ and time tied up in it!

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Re: Treasures Abound...
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2006, 09:44:07 AM »
Somehow - I seemed to've missed the part about giving up a collecting interest to concentrate on another - though I do know that it happens.

I've collected, dealt, appraised and written about Post-Civil War American Mlitaria for a several decades, now - specializing in WWI SSI's and Collar Disks, along with Theater-Made insignia, and AAC/AAF, Airborne, Cavalry and Infantry material.

I started as a Great War collector in the early '60's, and something like that opens a lot of 'windows' (and trunks and closets and drawers) when you're actively looking, since a helluva lot of vets were alive and kicking - as were a couple of Spanish-American War guys.

To a young historian - it was a literal gold mine - both of militaria and of history, and those guys 'wanted' to relate their stories to an interested ear.

The thing is - a 'collector' collects...

It makes little difference 'what' he collects - as long as he's doing it.

He may be far, far removed from what his normal interests are - so he'll find other things that strike his fancies until he returns to his 'hunting grounds'.

Were he to be stranded on a deserted island - once he figured out warmth, shelter and food - he'd probably beach-comb for shells, or something of like matter - just to satisfy the need.

For example - I lived in Illinois for awhile - and they had some of 'the' best gun shows you'd ever want to attend.
'Then' - gun control legislation dropped across that world like a stone, and everything that shot was requiring paper and permits.

As a result - I started added the collecting of US-Issue Combat Knives, along with Gun Tools/Accouterments, since no one else did, and brand-new examples were leaking out of Rock Island Arsenal on a daily basis.

Good times, those.

There are a lot of 'niche' items that both flesh out an Impression, and if you know the field - they 'can' be had reasonably - unlike almost 'anything' from Deutschland.
The cachet of 'amazing value' to that materiel has risen steadily since the '60's, and there are far too many really well-done fakes extant to ever be of interest to me, so what Axis stuff that I do get is included with the American militaria I pursue, and is sold/traded quickly - often times paying for what I laid out.

Good Hunting.

Vaya,

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