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 Post subject: Model 1915 Steel Erzatz
PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:06 pm 
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I found this helmet several years ago and decided that it needed to be in my collection. I thought it was ugly when I bought it and my opinion has not changed. This helmet is condition III, or worse, and other than a mild cleaning, it remains the same as the day I found it.

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There is substantial surface rust on the shell and the spike is rusted to a point where no "gray" remains.

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The steel that this helmet is produced from is very thin. It seems that, if hit, this helmet would produce more shrapnel than it would protect from.

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The steel also bends fairly easily and can distort the shape of the helmet. This would seem to make the helmet terribly uncomfortable to wear.

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The leather is in very poor condition, and when I pick this helmet up I always find "crumbles" of the liner sitting on the shelf beneath where it sat. I have no idea how to stop this degradation.

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The issue stamp is unreadable. I can make out "BJA" but that is all. There is a handwritten number or letter on the neck guard which could be either a "4" or an "A".

All-in-all, if I were issued this helmet for use on the front, I would eagerly be searching for a replacement.

John :)


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 Post subject: Re: Model 1915 Steel Erzatz
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:36 pm 
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It might be ugly but I still like it, :thumb up: Here's mine,in a bit better state,but still has been used,and messed with..It has a large 3 impressed in the steel behind the wappen,has yours? Maker's stamp seems to be Albert Schaub,Kronfeld (?) LW.
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 Post subject: Re: Model 1915 Steel Erzatz
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:04 pm 
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John: The condition of your liner is known as "red rot". I do not know of any cure but perhaps you could ask a museum curator type person. I have read that it is caused by extreme dehydration of the leather, all natural oils are gone and the fibres turn to a red dust. Thus anytime you move the helmet you see dust and flakes.

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 Post subject: Re: Model 1915 Steel Erzatz
PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:08 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Model 1915 Steel Erzatz
PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:00 pm 
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Nice helmets with a lot of character =D>

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 Post subject: Re: Model 1915 Steel Erzatz
PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:01 pm 
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The original post has been updated using picorator.com.

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