There are some superb well established collectors in Europe, and here in the US and Canada, so I am still trying to find a fraction of what they already have 😀 but having been away for so long I thought I might offer some images for interest.
and here are some 'relic' examples of 08 and 08/15. These were purchased in various shapes and forms and then re-built with other relic parts. So all original but once the damage and rust have been halted, I have painted them in black rust proof paint to preserve. Not a proper military WWI paint colour (althought the Belgian Army after WWI used captured Imperial MG items and painted them black) they still look rather good.
Yes Sir all dug up or the old barn finds. All my relics so far have been auction or flea market purchases, all incomplete. The 08/15s for example had no woodwork left so they now have good condition stock and pistol grips so in some respects look a bit odd.
However some of the museums I have seen still have a great deal of 'stuff' in storage in reserve collections etc but they are stored beautifully and look as if they have just been placed on the shelf.
My sled mount is too awkward for me to get up from the basement, so I made some gadgetry to attach the one to a Finn Maxim tripod. Real handy, certainly easier to handle. Other gun came on what I think is a Swiss mount. My sled has the crank (???), lock boxes, barrel mounting but no grease boxes. It has a place for another gadget, but that one is missing.......
Donna & me doing it together, 10/15
Donna & her pal, Roger, he is a hospital rehab acquaintance.....he helps her get from place to place at these events.
Donna getting ready to pick up the empties......10/16