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Old 26th July 2021, 05:44 PM   #1
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I have this kind of iron soldier front cover.

It has been found in a swamp on the southern Estonian / Latvian border.

Does anyone know what time this could be. And which army used.

Notice the difference in the shape of the hand openings. Was it a form required to use a weapon? Sword? Or maybe a spring?

Long time away I saw similar- and there was I stamp- circle and inside cross- similar to a card deck cross.

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Old 26th July 2021, 06:18 PM   #2
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I think this is German, First Woldwar and used in the trenches.
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Old 26th July 2021, 07:01 PM   #3
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Hmm?

Looks diffrent?

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Old 26th July 2021, 09:41 PM   #4
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Armour used by machine gunners apparently. Perhaps it accounts for the enlarged arm opening on the right hand side? Otherwise I speculate it could be to swing and throw stick grenades.
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As soon as WW1 was mentioned I thought that was it. Local made rather than a factory job perhaps. A large arm hole to allow a rifle butt to fit on the shoulder.
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Old 27th July 2021, 07:20 AM   #6
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Maybe it's like that.

Those holes at the edge of the neckline and hand openings look like it had something riveted in it too- some kind of collar and sleeves?

Those metal fasteners are not original - this may have been stacked, perhaps with leather +rivets.

Well-was what was-an interesting piece of history this too.
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