Now for Something Different - What is it??????

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    qsamike
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    Now for Something Different - What is it??????

    Post by qsamike on Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:23 am

    Good Morning Everyone......

    Saw this at last nights meeting of the C.M.H.S. and had to borrow it so that I could get some pictures and show on this forum.....

    Now everybody do you know what it is?????

    I have never seen it before......

    Mike

    P.S. Members of C.M.H.S. who were at the meeting and are members here are not allowed to guess..... LOL




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    Post by Tankermike on Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:30 am

    Horse feed bag?

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    Post by 48th on Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:09 am

    Hard to tell from the picture but I have a pair of artillery mans mitts for handling hot shell casings that look similar in shape and color to the item in the picture you posted.

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    Re: Now for Something Different - What is it??????

    Post by qsamike on Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:54 am

    Damn.....  

    I thought it would last more than a couple of hours.....

    Yes they are artillery mitts, I have never seen them before, and they are brand new.....  Still fastened at the bottom what are the chances.....

    Found at a Garage Sale......

    Here are some pictures......

    Marked Continental Glove Co. Ltd. 1943.......

    Mike





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    Re: Now for Something Different - What is it??????

    Post by 48th on Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:15 am

    Sorry Mike,
    Thanks for starting the post, was funny I should have sent you a private message with the answer so more people could have a guess. I know better for next time.
    I thought they were fairly common, I see them at shows from time to time, always in mint condition. Strange, come to think of it I have yet to see a used pair.

    I am ready for the next round if any one has any thing.

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    Re: Now for Something Different - What is it??????

    Post by qsamike on Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:20 am

    No Problem......

    There is another forum that has a quiz thread but it is for world wide military items.....

    Mike

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    Re: Now for Something Different - What is it??????

    Post by vinver on Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:07 pm

    Princess Auto Supply had these in their surplus section recently. Very rare to find anything really old there anymore, they must have come across a stash of them somewhere. I'll have to check and see if they still have any more next time I go in.

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    Artillery Mitts

    Post by edstorey on Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:24 am

    Does anyone have any documentation that can confirm that these are indeed 'artillery mitts'?

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    Re: Now for Something Different - What is it??????

    Post by 48th on Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:48 pm

    Hi Ed,

    No I do not have any documentation that the mitts were used for artillery. Might be what Bill A. Refers to as collector's conventional wisdom and I might be guilty of it.
    I took a look at David Gordon's uniforms book in his series and although he does not mention them specificly but does refer to leather mitts used to cover wool gloves for furthur warmth and to protect the wool gloves.

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    Post by Infanteer on Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:27 pm

    I always thought they were cold weather mitts, similar in form and function to the current issue arctic mitts. Never heard the artillery theory before.

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    Re: Now for Something Different - What is it??????

    Post by pylon1357 on Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:33 pm

    Infanteer wrote:I always thought they were cold weather mitts, similar in form and function to the current issue arctic mitts. Never heard the artillery theory before.

    I thought the same thing Steve. But then if I remember correctly, were the Arctic mits not seal skin?


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    Re: Now for Something Different - What is it??????

    Post by Infanteer on Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:46 pm

    pylon1357 wrote:
    Infanteer wrote:I always thought they were cold weather mitts, similar in form and function to the current issue arctic mitts. Never heard the artillery theory before.

    I thought the same thing Steve. But then if I remember correctly, were the Arctic mits not seal skin?

    Cliff, I don't know what 1940's vintage arctic mitts were made of. To be clear, I'm not saying that these brown leather mitts are "arctic mitts", but rather relating them to a similar item in modern terms to explain how they might be used. I haven't seen much reference for SWW vintage cold weather gear so my knowledge is lacking in this area. It's my understanding that cold weather gear was held by the Regimental Quartermaster (or equivalent)  and it was only issued when required, such as for a winter exercise and then returned at the end of the training.

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