How to make Bill a very happy soldado.
*New wants to be added regularly*
*I want it all!*
As a collector, naturally, I want it all! I am often reminded by some of my good and well intentioned friends that you cannot be your own best customer and stay in business for very long. They are right, of course, but I am an hopeless collector at heart so I will continue to try and prove them wrong. As many of you know, my collecting interests have evolved. I am now exclusively collecting Spanish militaria. My primary focus is on the the Spanish colonial army from 1868 to 1898. Please have a look at the items below.
*Naturally, anything related to this subject could be of interest*
However, what I will list on this page will be specific items I need to fill a gap in the collection, complete a group of things like a set of accoutrements or a piece of braid or button needed to restore a uniform. Each item on the wants list will be something I have searched high and low for without success. Your help in locating these artifacts will be very much appreciated!
If you have an item on the list or think you can help locate one, please contact me at:
You will truly make me 'one happy soldado'.
I am always buying Spanish military relics from the 1868 to 1898 period.
Teresiana: a kepi-like cap with a leather visor. Most are of dark blue wool branch colored piping except for cavalry units which differ in color by branch
Philippine colony issue "straw" hat. The brim edge will be bound in natural hemp or linen fabric. The black band is painted canvas with a unit designation painted in yellow letters.
1860s - 1880s officer's garrison cap. Can be of blue wool or white cotton.
I am looking to purchase almost any colonial era uniforms, military, police, or civil service. Below are some specific wants, but let me know what you have to offer. I often can't live without items I didn't know existed only 5 minutes ago!
Spanish Issue Boots and Shoes
Shoulder Strap Rank Insignia (Philippines)
In 1897 officers in the Army of the Philippines began to display their rank in removable shoulder straps instead of on their cuffs as had been the previous practice. This shoulder strap rank insignia system was unique to officers in the Philippines, officers stationed in the other colonies continued to wear cuff rank. I am looking for examples of this insignia. They are made of wool in branch of service colors (green for infantry, light blue for cavalry, red for artillery, etc.) with metallic braid rank devices on a rayadillo backing with a tab and button that slip through loops on the tunic. I would like to buy an original pair (or a single) but clear Hi Res photos will do. Please let me know if you have or know of any original examples of these shoulder straps.
Illustration from "El Ejército Español en Ultramar y África (1850-1925)" by José Manuel Guerrero Acosta
Button of the Regimiento de Caballería Voluntarios de Camajuaní (Cuba)
Button of a Volunteer Grenadier Company (Cuba)
Militia Infantry Button (Cuba)
Stamped Metal Cockades as Issued in the Philippines
Generally made of zinc or gray metal. Both pin back and sew-on examples exist.
Coll: Minnesota Military Museum
Any Unit Marked Painted Hat Bands
Coll: Minnesota Military Museum
Pith Helmet Badge Guardia Civil Veterana de Manila
Coll: Minnesota His. Soc.
Belt and Cartridge Box Plates
1886 Pattern Infantry Belt Plates
Currently, I need the following unit numbers:
Peninsular Infantry in Cuba
1, 2, 4 thru 9, 11-13, 16, 18-23, 25, 26, 31, 35, 37-40, 42-47, 49, 50, 52, 53, 55, 56
Permanent Garrison of Cuba
63 thru 67, 75
Permanent Garrison in the Philippines
68, 69, 71, 72, 74
Cazadores (Light Infantry) Belt Plates
2, 4, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 - this last may have the number in the horn's center as found on other Cazadores plates or possibly the royal cypher "A XIII" in place of the number.
Artillery Belt Plates
Cut out numbers 4, 11, 12
Sanidad Militar (Medical Corps) Belt Plate
Rectangular plate engraved or embossed with letters "SM." Even if it is not for sale, I would like to know about it and get a photo if possible.
Cartridge Box Plate Flank Company 2nd Light Infantry Battalion of Havana (Cuba)
Specialist Insignia and Photos
Any images of colonial troops wearing specialist badges or marksmanship badges. Most of these will be worn on the upper left sleeve. I prefer original images but can use high resolution jpegs (600 dpi or larger) well be useful. Images of Peninsular troops wearing specialist badges are also of interest.
Spanish Military Images
Specifically looking for clear, sharply focused photos with good contrast that show insignia, full equipment or weapons. Need photos taken in the colonies of soldiers and public servants in less common units. Most interested in photos of the Havana Hussars, Captain General's Guards, Public works employees in uniform, Firemen, etc.
Cavalry Officer's Bandolier Cartridge Box
Artifact courtesy Minnesota His. Soc.
Specifically those with solid colonial provenance.
Period Uniform Regulation and Weapons Manuals
Photocopies or digital copies of the original documents are acceptable! I just need the information Any primary source imformation on both colonial or Peninsular uniforms, military, police and civil service of the pre-1898 period is always welcome.
Any Spanish Swords with the Proof Mark Crown over "RV"
Marking on the guard of a Modelo 1860 cavalry saber captured at Santiago de Cuba.
Model 1843 Gastador Machete for Marine Infantry
Identical to the standard infantry pattern distinguished by an anchor on the crossguard.
Any Spanish Issue Firearms with the Crown Over "RV" Proof Mark
Usually found stamped on the barrel behind the sight. So far this mark has been found only on Remington Rolling Block pattern rifles and carbines but may also be found on other firearms such as the Peabody rifle, etc.
Belgian made 1893 Spanish Mauser rifle
The Belgian contract rifles are the same in appearance as all other 1893 German and Spanish made Mausers. The have no Spanish or German markings and the receiver is marked only with the FN name as shown above.
Cuban Hat Badges
Coll: Chris Magewick.
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