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*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'.

¡Muchas Gracias!

I am always buying Spanish military relics from the 1868 to 1898 period.







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.

Artifact courtesy Minnesota Military Museum

Unit Marked Painted Hat Bands

Artifact courtesy Minnesota Military Museum

Officer's Hat Cockades

Gold or silver cords with rank braid over the national colors

Artifact courtesy Chris Magewick.

Pith Helmet Badge Guardia Civil Veterana de Manila

Artifact courtesy Minnesota His. Soc.


Cartridge Box Plate Flank Company 2nd Light Infantry Battalion of Havana (Cuba)

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 want to know about it and get a photo if possible.


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.

Specialist Insignia 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.

Photo of a Soldier of the Intendencia - Administración Militar

(Supply or Quartermaster Corps of the Military Administration Service)

Sold on ebay a number of years ago. This is the only image I have come across that shows the collar insignia of this branch on a colonial uniform.  I would like an high resolution jpeg of this photo for use in the book.  Help please!

Photo of a Cuban Volunteer in Gala Uniform

A pre-1884 image of an officer, possibly from the 1º Batallón Ligeros de Habana, wearing a dress uniform with Ros.  This was sold on Spanish ebay a couple of years ago. If you own this image, please contact me. Thanks!


Cavalry Officer's Bandolier Cartridge Box

Artifact courtesy Minnesota His. Soc.

Knapsack Flags

Specifically those with solid colonial provenance.

Photo: Rock Island Auctions

A Special Request

I am looking for any period photographs of knapsack flags in use, particularly during the colonial period.  Images of American troops posing with captured flags would be especially interesting.  If you have anything that I may borrow, please contact me.



Original Uniform Regulation Books or Documents

Photocopies of the original documents are also acceptable!  Any information on both colonial or Peninsular uniforms, military, police and civil service, is always welcome.


Any Spanish Swords with the Proof Mark Crown over "RV"



Any Spanish Issue Firearms with the Crown Over "RV" Proof Mark

Usually found stamped on the barrel behind the sight. Will be found mostly on Remington Rolling Blocks but may also be found on other rifle and carbines such as the Peabody.


Cuban Hat Badges

Artifact courtesy Chris Magewick.


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