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Travis B

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Has anyone seen something like this before? My Great Uncle brought it home from the Pacific, he served on PT 380 RON 28.

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That is very cool Travis, I've never seen anything like that. Thank you for sharing!


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Pretty cool!

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Shaneo2

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Shaneo2  Posted on: Jan 6, 2020 - 7:36pm
Really neat, was it for the PI? The shell is a "Horned Helmet" and as a kid I always hoped to find one for my shell collection. I found one in the New Hebrides, but it was not a good specimen really.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassis_cornuta


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Travis B

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I know my Uncle brought it home from the pacific but I never asked just where he got it from. I am going to ask some of my family members about it.


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Travis B

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Doing some research this morning and found this https://www.ebay.com/itm/World-War-II-Era-Army-Military-Painted-Philippines-Souvenir-Conch-Shell-/263919668090

My guess is the locals hand painted the shells and sold them to the U.S. Soldiers.



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Drew Cook

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We sold large, brown conch shells at my Dad's tour boat ticket booth on St. Thomas's waterfront when my family lived in the Virgin Islands from the mid-'60s to the early '80s.

We polished them with baby oil, but didn't paint them.


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Travis B

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Spoke with a family member last night, my great uncle purchased the conch shell while in the Philippines from a local villager who hand painted them. The shell was a Christmas gift he sent to my great grandmother who kept it in her sun room.


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