1885 Shovel

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    ypres
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    1885 Shovel

    Post by ypres on Sun May 31, 2015 5:54 pm

    Hi Guys,

    I thought the members may find this interesting. The shovel is rare but can be found from time to time. The real rarity is the carrier. The loop on the shovel and the carrier are for the bayonet scabbard.

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    Ypres



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    Re: 1885 Shovel

    Post by sixxpackjack on Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:07 pm

    What an ingenious handle. Great piece!

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    Re: 1885 Shovel

    Post by jholl72 on Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:18 pm

    Wow, great find!! Never seen one before!


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    1885 Shovel

    Post by edstorey on Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:10 pm

    That is certainly a very rare shovel combination.

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    Re: 1885 Shovel

    Post by Bill on Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:12 am

    Was this piece of kit for engineers or pioneers? Though not all that familiar with the different pre-1914 equipment, I don't recall line infantry or riflemen wearing such kit.

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    Re: 1885 Shovel

    Post by ypres on Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:24 am

    Bill,

    I believe they were carried by pioneers. I'll double check though

    Ypres

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    Re: 1885 Shovel

    Post by GrantRCanada on Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:37 pm

    Should I be seeing an image of the shovel in the original post? (Nothing there for me ....)

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    Re: 1885 Shovel

    Post by jholl72 on Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:44 pm

    Hi Grant,
    The pics are not showing anymore, perhaps Ypres could repost them for us? It's a great piece and I would say rare.


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    Re: 1885 Shovel

    Post by ypres on Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:35 am

    Let me know if you would like any specific photos

    Ypres


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    Re: 1885 Shovel

    Post by GrantRCanada on Mon Jun 29, 2015 2:14 pm

    Thank you sir! Very interesting ....

    (British kit? Canadian?)

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    Re: 1885 Shovel

    Post by ypres on Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:39 pm

    Grant,

    I believe this is of British origin but was used by Canadians, possibly, in the Boer War. I have had difficulty finding references for this. I have seen many examples in the possession of Canadian Museums. They have been displayed in WWI dioramas, which is not correct, but their presence in the buildings would lead me to the hypothesis that they were in Canadian "Hands" at some point .... more research needed on this one. Thanks for your interest.

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