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by Peter_Suciu
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Schwarzlose Maschinengewehr M. 7
Replies: 0
Views: 33

Schwarzlose Maschinengewehr M. 7

I ended the year with this new addition to the collection: a Schwarzlose Maschinengewehr M. 7. This was the standard issue machine gun in the Austro-Hungarian Army throughout World War I. This example was later reissued to the Romanian Army, and the water jacket extended (the gun was repainted too a...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Musee d'Armee
Replies: 1
Views: 122

Musee d'Armee

I wrote a piece on the visit to the Musee de l'Armee in Paris:
https://www.gunpowdermagazine.com/milit ... de-larmee/
by Peter_Suciu
Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: My favorite piece of my late Brothers collection
Replies: 14
Views: 718

Re: My favorite piece of my late Brothers collection

Truly a spectacular piece and one I know will be special to you.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Sea Battalions
Replies: 12
Views: 507

Re: Sea Battalions

James, very nice shakos but the connection to Paul is of course priceless. I'm sure you'll treasure these the rest of your life.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Best Shows in America Article
Replies: 2
Views: 196

Re: Best Shows in America Article

Excellent read Peter. Very useful and informative. It's always fun to go to a US Gun Show even though I know I cannot buy any firearms. That is funny as I find it frustrating to go to shows in Canada and not be able to buy the guns! I regularly make it to the Toronto Show (was there this past Satur...
by Peter_Suciu
Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Best Shows in America Article
Replies: 2
Views: 196

Best Shows in America Article

While many of the members attend SOS, I thought my piece on the best shows for guns and antique arms might be of interest:

https://www.range365.com/gun-collecting ... -treasure/



I do put in the miles hitting a lot of shows each year.
by Peter_Suciu
Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Toronto Show Saturday December 7
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Toronto Show Saturday December 7

See you guys at SOS then!
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Toronto Show Saturday December 7
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Toronto Show Saturday December 7

Will anyone be going to the Toronto Show on Saturday? I'll be there - hoping for good weather for the three hour drive each way.
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: My (all original) German Collection
Replies: 12
Views: 429

Re: My (all original) German Collection

That is a great start. But a piece of advice -- start the research when you are young. Buy and read the books. Collecting the knowledge of these items is as important as the objects.
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Facebook and Military History
Replies: 1
Views: 148

Facebook and Military History

This week I tried to promote the sale price of my book, "A Gallery of Military Headdress" on my Facebook business page and it was rejected by Facebook. In the past my attempts to boost a post for the book have been rejected on the grounds that it violates various standards - probably related due to ...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Imperial German Regimental Flags
Topic: Does anybody know what this is?
Replies: 4
Views: 434

Re: Does anybody know what this is?

I've seen tea towels this size.
by Peter_Suciu
Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Colombian Sun Helmet - Circa Thousand Days' War
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Colombian Sun Helmet - Circa Thousand Days' War

Here is a helmet I bought this summer. It was sold to me as a "Bolivian" helmet, but the seller probably didn't realize that Colombia is one of the Bolivarian nations in South America. This confuses people who don't understand that Bolivar is referred in several nations and that Bolivia wasn't actua...
by Peter_Suciu
Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: WWI Ottoman Uniform and Bashlyk
Replies: 1
Views: 372

WWI Ottoman Uniform and Bashlyk

This isn't original, but it displays well. The Ottoman uniform and bashlyk were made for the 2015 Australian mini-series Gallipoli , not to be confused with the 1982 Mel Gibson movie. It is likely as close as I can get to an original, and it displays quite well. I should have bought the trousers but...
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: A new home for my collection
Replies: 30
Views: 1921

Re: A new home for my collection

Think about a good HEPA air purifier to remove some of the dust. I'm sure you could tuck it away somewhere and that will do a great job of controlling the dust.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Spanish Navy Sun Hats
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Spanish Navy Sun Hats

These were a recent addition - I bought these from Bill Combs (of course) at the MAX Show. A pair of Spanish Navy sun hats from the 1920s to early 1930s. What is fascinating is that Spain had been among the earliest to adopt sun hat/helmets in the Philippines in the early 19th century and those were...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Belgian Congo Force Publique Fez
Replies: 11
Views: 573

Re: Belgian Congo Force Publique Fez

Great stuff! Thank you for sharing.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Historic Clothing
Replies: 3
Views: 353

Historic Clothing

For something a bit different -- 3D printed clothing with historic uniforms are now available: https://gearhuman.com/collections/famous-ancient-costumes?page=1 There is even one for Kaiser Wilhelm II: https://gearhuman.com/collections/famous-ancient-costumes/products/3d-gh-wilhelm-01?variant=3029559...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: New York City WWI Victory Parade 100 Years ago today
Replies: 1
Views: 241

New York City WWI Victory Parade 100 Years ago today

My article on the history of the victory parade in New York City:
https://news.clearancejobs.com/2019/09/ ... great-war/

Who knew a huge victory arch was constructed on 5th Avenue for the parade?
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Kaiser's Bunker Resurrection - Wappens
Replies: 22
Views: 1763

Re: Kaiser's Bunker Resurrection - Wappens

Top notch display. Well designed and executed!
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Minor Disaster!
Replies: 13
Views: 892

Re: Minor Disaster!

Quick update - I cleaned up the basement. I painted the floors, built a new gun rack and everything actually looks better. We then had two days of heavy rain and because I also repaired the gutter and moved the water away from the house and added lava rocks to help keep the water off the exterior wa...
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: 2018 de-activation laws
Replies: 9
Views: 881

Re: 2018 de-activation laws

Thanks for clarifying Gus. It is very confusing and this is why I'm careful when I buy "dummy guns" as we call them in the USA. I've seen Sten Guns and others where someone built them and they are "too good." I made a guy really nervous at SOS when I saw he had a Sten Gun that had the entire bolt as...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: 2018 de-activation laws
Replies: 9
Views: 881

Re: 2018 de-activation laws

The only part on a MG that is regulated is the side plate. Just my two cents, and I hope I am not stepping on toes, but that is only partially accurate. This is true for belt-fed machine guns, but for other automatic weapons it is the receiver that makes it a "machine gun." This is why the receiver...
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Minor Disaster!
Replies: 13
Views: 892

Re: Minor Disaster!

Thanks everyone for the kind words. I had everything dried out and moved everything from that half of the "bunker." I used an oil-based floor/patio paint that will seal it too. I will put a second coat tonight, move stuff back this weekend. I'll do the other half of the bunker come this fall. Honest...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Minor Disaster!
Replies: 13
Views: 892

Re: Minor Disaster!

My condolences Pete but at least you did not lose any of the collection...books will dry out. The main thing is that the collection was spared! My small collection is in a room a storey and a half up. So unless we have a Biblical flood I will be ok. My house was built in 1920...a hand dug basement ...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Minor Disaster!
Replies: 13
Views: 892

Re: Minor Disaster!

There are only two kinds of basements, those that have had water in them and those that will have water in them, and the first group is also in the second group. You are lucky, I have friends who were away from home for a week and had a waterline in the second floor break putting 4 feet of water in...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Minor Disaster!
Replies: 13
Views: 892

Minor Disaster!

Well, I've written a couple of articles in the past about preparing a basement to house a collection. My bunker has air purifiers, dehumidifiers and is pretty secure. I painted the walls to reduce moisture coming in, and the floor was sealed. However, last night after a light drought with no rain fo...
by Peter_Suciu
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2020
Replies: 7
Views: 1149

Re: SOS 2020

Look on Hotels.com for room rates, but look SOON. There is the gun show, flea market and I believe other events going on as usual so rooms fill up fast and can get very expensive. And while SOS will likely go on as usual after last year's issues I've started to book refundable rooms for all the show...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: A new home for my collection
Replies: 30
Views: 1921

Re: A new home for my collection

Hi, Gus--
I was already thinking how this could be easily loaded on a truck. The best part is if you move you have containers ready for the collection.

This looks really good. What is the source of lighting? LED?
by Peter_Suciu
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: A beautiful old dog just out of the woodwork
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Re: A beautiful old dog just out of the woodwork

Very nice example. I'm never against light cleaning. Dust and dirt from storage aren't really history. If it sat on your shelf you'd regularly dust it.
by Peter_Suciu
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: WWI
Topic: 1917
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Re: 1917

That looks very cool...one wonders why the sudden interest in WW1 by movie makers?? God knows WW2 has gotten the most attention. I would venture to say Peter Jackson's interest sparked other filmmakers. I think the problem with WWI is that filmmakers don't know what to do - in the U.S. it is just t...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Loss of a Forum member, my brother
Replies: 24
Views: 1580

Re: Loss of a Forum member, my brother

James, I echo Brian's sentiments. While I never had long deep conversations with Paul at SOS I always enjoyed chatting with him. He will truly be missed. The world is diminished by his departure from it.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: French general caps WW1
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: French general caps WW1

Fantastic examples. Any idea who wore these caps?
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: Remebering the Treaty of Versailles
Replies: 3
Views: 369

Re: Remebering the Treaty of Versailles

My article on the Treaty of Versailles:
https://news.clearancejobs.com/2019/06/ ... s-a-price/
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: WWI
Topic: Remebering the Treaty of Versailles
Replies: 3
Views: 369

Remebering the Treaty of Versailles

100 years ago the First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Mystery Busby
Replies: 9
Views: 2179

Re: Mystery Busby

Thanks for the information. Well, the Mallory Hat company was around from 1823 and was sold in 1952.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Toronto Militaria Show June 1, 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 776

Re: Toronto Militaria Show June 1, 2019

It was great seeing you Brian. It is a three hour drive each way, and always longer to get back in to the USA, but we find the show well worth the visit. We found some treasure as usual. I highly recommend more "Yanks" join us in frequenting this show. There is so much stuff you simply don't see in ...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri May 17, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Qing Dynasty Seven Level Officials Hat
Replies: 5
Views: 510

Re: Qing Dynasty Seven Level Officials Hat

Thanks guys. It is all about developing a network of dealers and other collectors. My bank account has suffered this year however!
by Peter_Suciu
Mon May 13, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Qing Dynasty Seven Level Officials Hat
Replies: 5
Views: 510

Qing Dynasty Seven Level Officials Hat

Conical hats such as this one were worn by the Imperial Chinese Army under the Qing Dynasty as well as by the insurgent "Boxers" during the Boxer Rebellion. This particular style of conical hat could accurately be called a “helmet” as it is produced in a way that would provide some protection from b...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri May 10, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Collector Stories
Topic: Favorite Flea Markets?
Replies: 11
Views: 3508

Re: Favorite Flea Markets

I recently moved back to New York... kind of. I wasnt collecting when I was originally living here, and now since its about to get warmer, Im wondering if there are any flea markets in the NYC/Long Island/Northern NJ area worth my time. Do any of you have experience with flea markets in the area? I...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: New mail box stand.
Replies: 8
Views: 472

Re: New mail box stand.

That beats the cannon on my front porch!
by Peter_Suciu
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: WWI
Topic: In Vlaamse Velden - Netflix
Replies: 7
Views: 658

Re: In Vlaamse Velden - Netflix

Netflix will be evolving. The reason is that by the end of this year it will lose much (if not all) of its Disney content. That means no Star Wars, no Marvel, etc. I just wrote about Disney+, another streaming service: https://www.technewsworld.com/story/Disney-Goes-Over-the-Top-How-Does-Its-Streami...
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: In Vlaamse Velden - Netflix
Replies: 7
Views: 658

Re: In Vlaamse Velden - Netflix

Does anyone know does NETFLIX shows vary by country you are in? I tried finding this show with no luck in USA?? Yes, Netflix does offer some shows by region. Netflix actually produces less true "originals" but instead licenses foreign shows, hence the number of Swedish murder mysteries! It is hit o...
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: My man cave
Replies: 25
Views: 1794

Re: My man cave

Very nice. Congrats on such a nice display.
by Peter_Suciu
Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Small M15 collection
Replies: 16
Views: 970

Re: Small M15 collection

Nice find James. Congrats!
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: MAX Show 2020 Moving to York, Penn.
Replies: 5
Views: 525

Re: MAX Show 2020 Moving to York, Penn.

Utz.jpg The Official OVMS word: The MAX show is moving in 2020. Here’s the official story. The rumor mills have been buzzing with the news that the MAX show is moving from Monroeville to York, PA. Is this true? Well, yes, but fear not and please carefully read the following. First of all, relax, no...
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: MAX Show 2020 Moving to York, Penn.
Replies: 5
Views: 525

MAX Show 2020 Moving to York, Penn.

This is from our friend Jeff: The worst-kept 'secret' in the OVMS has burst forth, and rumors are flying about the MAX Show. Some are TRUE, others not so much. Rather than let it swirl, Bill wants to catch up with the runaway wagon and keep it headed in the right direction. Why keep it a secret in t...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Wappen/Helmet Plates
Topic: B Loree's Folly SOS 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 641

Re: B Loree's Folly SOS 2019

Sorry to hear that you both bought bad items. It happens to everyone one time or another. Yes, SOS remains full of fakes, and when in doubt it is good to ask a second opinion. I know many collectors don't like to do it because they think they spotted something everyone else has missed. I know too so...
by Peter_Suciu
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Book: A Gallery of Military Headdress
Replies: 17
Views: 1488

Re: New Book: A Gallery of Military Headdress

The only thing that is a semi negative for me is the American Pickelhaube chapter. I wish it was a little more in depth . Maybe there is no info out there , I do not know . Maybe a future project for you to do ? If so I will be first in line !!!! I will admit the American Pickelhaube chapter was a ...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: WWI
Topic: My WW1 camo helmet
Replies: 15
Views: 820

Re: My WW1 camo helmet

I had to mail the spikes for British Home Service helmets when flying home from SOS years ago. The American TSA said they could be a weapon. Of course my wife was allowed to bring knitting needles. Dumb rules are still rules unfortunately.
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: New Helmet: British Other Ranks Home Service Helmet – Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles
Replies: 3
Views: 350

New Helmet: British Other Ranks Home Service Helmet – Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles

Here is a rare Victorian Era British Other Ranks Home Service Helmet to the Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles. That was an infantry regiment of the Volunteer Force and Territorial Force of the British Army from 1798 to 1921; it saw active service in the Boer War and World War I as part of th...