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    Boolit Bub
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    Another "What is it?" thread

    Just came across this today, and never saw anything quite like it before. Blued metal box about 5 x 9", stamped "US" on the lid. There are no other markings on the box or contents.
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    Contains a brass oiler, a brass container for - patches? (There is nothing in it now.) and 10 each cleaning rods, brushes, tools. The brushes are .50 diameter, and have an unusually short thread. The L shaped tools have a screwdriver blade on the short end. The long end is cylindrical, .097 dia. and flat on the end.
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    My first thought was that it was a cleaning kit for 10 .45 cal pistols, but the brushes are wrong for that use, and the L tool seems to serve no purpose on a .45 pistol or revolver.

    Does anyone know the purpose of this kit?
    Last edited by DuaneH; 08-14-2019 at 11:02 AM.

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    You found yourself a very expensive cleaning kit worth about $600

    https://picclick.com/US-Army-M1912-S...173351443.html


    https://www.gunauction.com/buy/9602218 2010 $270

    US Army M1912 Squad Pistol Cleaning Kit Colt 1911 Sold - Jun 30, 2019, 6:27 PM $598.97+ $14.90 Shipping

    This is an active auction right now 7 bids $224.50 and climbing with close to 3 days left


    World War One era US Army M1912 pistol squad cleaning kit for the Colt Automatic Pistol. Consists of blued steel transport case embossed "US", wooden bed w/ brass ends, ten brass cleaning rods, ten bristle brushes, ten takedown tools, brass oiler, and brass grease pot.
    Last edited by Pressman; 07-28-2019 at 05:31 AM. Reason: Not Allowed, eBay links

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    I have a couple of the same boxes, but mine are empty. Any value except for storing small parts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mazo kid View Post
    I have a couple of the same boxes, but mine are empty. Any value except for storing small parts?
    Everything is worth something.

    On ebay, empty cardboard boxes for different things go for 20-40 bucks.

    I'd keep it just for the novelty of it.
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    Wow! Got my question answered in less than a day. The depth of knowledge and experience on this forum is amazing. Thanks NyFirefighter357.

    Yes, I will be keeping this, not for sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuaneH View Post
    Wow! Got my question answered in less than a day. The depth of knowledge and experience on this forum is amazing. Thanks NyFirefighter357.

    Yes, I will be keeping this, not for sale.
    I just have good Google Fu. I Google searched US Army pistol cleaning case & searched images and went from there.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=us+a...iw=832&bih=643

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    Good find indeed, my vote is to wipe it down good and display it.

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    The L tool is the disassembly tool it is a unit cleaning kit way good find in the case and all!!!

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