ESTATE MILITARY SERVICE MEDAL COLLECTION

MEDAL

The medal or medallion, is strictly speaking, a small, flat, and round (or, at times, oval) piece of metal that has been sculpted, molded, cast, struck or stamped. A medal may be awarded to a person or organization as a form of recognition for sporting, military, scientific, academic, or various other achievements.

VINTAGE VIETNAM MILITARY ZIPPO LIGHTER DELTA RIVER PATROL SEC 521

ZIPPO

The classic metal flip top Zippo lighter was first manufactured in 1933 by the Zippo Manufacturing Company of Bradford, Pennsylvania. The lighters ability to stay lit in inclement weather, its ‘windproof’ reputation garnered it instant success and popularity within the ranks of the military. It played a large role in nearly every large war since its inception — warming bodies, lighting cigarettes, starting fires, and even acting as mementos, much in the same way dog tags were collected upon soldiers’ deaths in remembrance of their lives. In popular culture, the “clink” of the Zippo as its top is flipped open has become as iconic in Hollywood as its design and original function.

WORLD WAR 1 MILITARY FRENCH M15 ADRIAN HELMET

MILITARY HELMETThe M15 Adrian helmet was a combat helmet issued to the French Army during World War 1. It was the first standard helmet of the French Army and was designed when millions of French troops were engaged in trench warfare, and head wounds from the falling shrapnel generated by the new technique of indirect fire became a frequent cause of battlefield casualties. Introduced in 1915, it was the first modern steel helmet and it served as the basic helmet of many armies well into the 1930s. Initially issued to infantry soldiers, in modified form they were also issued to cavalry and tank crews. A subsequent version, the M26, was used during WW2