If you've just signed up as a member, feel free to stop in here and post an introduction about yourself, your collection, or any other information you wish to share with this community. *Posts in this forum do not increase your content count
"What is it?" This is the place to ask that question about all unknown military items. Once satisfactorily identified, topics will be locked for further replies. *Please note that this board is for IDENTIFICATION HELP ONLY. Once an item has been IDed, please post a new thread in the item's appropriate board and refrain from further discussion in this board.
For HISTORICAL DISCUSSION ONLY pertaining to the Military, Military Life, Tactics, People, and Military Actions of the United Kingdom, British Empire and Commonwealth countries. All militaria threads should be posted in the appropriate board/sub-board and not here.
Looking for assistance with researching an individual veteran or military unit of the United Kingdom, British Empire or Commonwealth? Post here. Found a great reference/research source for UK military or militaria information? Feel free to share that information here, too.
For other European nations not listed above, including Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Malta, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, The Baltics (Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia), etc.
Historical and topical discussion concerning all things military in India, the Dutch East India Company, and the French East India Company. Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the "INDIA" board.
Anything that doesn't fit the above categories, feel free to post here - and that even includes movie reviews, social chat, etc. Just make sure you keep it clean though!
Type donation amount in box below.
IMPORTANT! If you donate via PayPal using an e-mail address different than the one you are currently using on WMF and would like a 2021 Donor Icon added to your account, you MUST CONTACT vintageproductions or stratasfan and let them know what email address was used for the donation.
Yes. My Dealer who I saw today knows a lot more than I do about the Britains. I was looking at the Conte figures and noticed it had almost the same set of three American Civil War Iron Brigade as the Britain did. He said it was the same sculpturer who made both.
I wonder when there is no "LIKE" button for me to use??
And to you Old Marine!
Custerman: Britains can be divided into three eras: Ancients (1893-1918),pre war (20’s and 30’s) and post WWII thru1966. Each period has a identifiable painting style. All Britain’s were manufactured in England thru the three periods lead figures were produced. Obviously, Ancients are rarer and harder to find. Each period has their fans. The earlier thread on the Whitejackets was one of my posts, this set shown here is slightly earlier and still has its original box. This style of box is called a Printer Label style. An artist named Fred Whisstock produced a series of boxes that were more appealing and so are sought by some collectors. Probably this set was produced between 1897 and 1910. While the figures posted in a earlier thread were probably made between 1910 and 1920. You can tell this by modifications the factory made to its casting around 1910. The Queens Bay figures are less rare and continued to be produced into the 1950’s, but in a slightly different painting style. What I liked about these was the price and the condition. I hope this helps .
This is the Banner my Dad brought home. I call it a banner as I assume it was hung on the wall.
It measures approximately 50 X 38 INCHES. It is really thin material. The first image posted just looks like thicker cotton but I can't tell.
Would this one be used on a vehicle? I always wondered if that was blood stains on it.
Picture of his banner taken on May 10, 1945. near Bulluno, Italy.
Yes---he is wearing a Police Helmet with a chicken sitting on top.
The other guys are the drunk ones.
Sorry--- I wish the photo was clearer. I have seen at least 3 photos of this gun and crew. The family lost his scrapbook---maybe in a closet or an attic. I did salvage some negatives and sent them out for digital scanning. These digital photos have some great resolution and you can pick out a lot of detail.
Here is an example.
He took this photo of a passing truck convoy from a position below the road. It wasn't until I got the digital images, could I make out Italian Alpini troops riding in the back of the truck.
This shows how much of the image was used for the above image.
I think the label has the artist's name, Dan Patterson, and the name of the manufacturer, Scruby. At least that is what I understood the dealer to mean.
I have been successful in googling and finding photos of Winter's collection. I couldn't find it this time.
Always equate toy soldiers with Christmas from my early years when I would visit Polks Hobby’s, the Soldier Shop, and later Burlington Antiques in NYC before Christmas to spend my hard earned allowance on Old Britain’s….Well with colder weather upon me, these followed me home today. A very clean pre-war set #44 (pre-1937)The Queens Bays with a Fred Whisstock box, and original packing paper….and set #80 Royal Navy at Running Slope pre WWI (considered by collectors Ancients era) with early printers box.