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by b.loree
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: General bavarian pickelhaube
Replies: 6
Views: 140

Re: General bavarian pickelhaube

Welcome to the forum Paul, great to have you with us. Unfortunately, I have no expertise in this Bavarian area but I am sure that our resident Bavarian collector James Le Brasseur and others will help you out.
by b.loree
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Presentation-Frame Crown-Princess Victoria of Prussia
Replies: 13
Views: 142

Re: Presentation-Frame Crown-Princess Victoria of Prussia

Yes no wonder why the latest generation have married so called “commoners” or at least lesser nobility. Even the Crown seems to have read Genetics 101. It’s all good though, carry on!
by b.loree
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Wappen Loop
Replies: 6
Views: 119

Re: Wappen Loop

PS: For some reason I find that when I visit Festung Schnurr, I drink too much. When this covid shit storm is over I hope to be able to visit Das Bunker once again! :thumb up:
by b.loree
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Wappen Loop
Replies: 6
Views: 119

Re: Wappen Loop

I agree, the M15 wappen or spines were soldered first then the finish was applied. Regarding this loop issue, use a dremel tool to remove all oxidization-from the old solder. Apply flux to the legs of the loop place in position, apply heat using a small butane torch. The old solder should melt aroun...
by b.loree
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Presentation-Frame Crown-Princess Victoria of Prussia
Replies: 13
Views: 142

Re: Presentation-Frame Crown-Princess Victoria of Prussia

Yes truly a unique connection between the Germans and the Brits going back to George the 1st, can’t speak English, Geo.3rd. loses the Americans, Queen Vicky marries a Minor German Prince, has so many daughters and has to then marry them all off to European royalty and ends up with the Kaiser for her...
by b.loree
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Kürassier and JzP Lobstertail Helmets
Topic: Leib Kurassier Enlisted Helmet and Ringkragen
Replies: 8
Views: 152

Re: Leib Kurassier Enlisted Helmet and Ringkragen

A couple of comments regarding what I see....the screw posts seen on the back of the wappen are original and the reverse details look good to me. The front has been heavily polished over time. The scales to my mind are also original. Note that the scale ends match the unique M91 Cav posts.
by b.loree
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Happy Canada day!
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Re: Happy Canada day!

Many thanks Kris on behalf of my fellow Canadians and a Happy 4th to my many American friends and blood kin. :thumb up:
by b.loree
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Presentation-Frame Crown-Princess Victoria of Prussia
Replies: 13
Views: 142

Re: Presentation-Frame Crown-Princess Victoria of Prussia

Wow indeed! Congratulations Sandy, a very cool item. :thumb up:
by b.loree
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Chauchat was not the Worst Machine Gun
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Re: Chauchat was not the Worst Machine Gun

Yes we bought Leopards probably 40 years ago right T? German engineering at it’s finest and they were also shipped to Afghanistan as support for our troops if memory serves.
by b.loree
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Collector Stories
Topic: WW1 French Bertrand Gas Grenade
Replies: 4
Views: 498

Re: WW1 French Bertrand Gas Grenade

I have even “very carefully “ used this product to remove rust from a rare M15 wappen. You do have to watch closely and not leave it on too long but it does work.
by b.loree
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Tschapkas
Topic: M15 Prussian Tschapka with field cover
Replies: 13
Views: 240

Re: M15 Prussian Tschapka with field cover

Very nice I have never seen the two piece uberzug before.
by b.loree
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Medals, Badges, Awards
Topic: Kriegsdenkmünze 1870/1871 --- Complete Set
Replies: 3
Views: 373

Re: Kriegsdenkmünze 1870/1871 --- Complete Set

Excellent post John as always. This obviously took a great deal of time and effort, my thanks!
by b.loree
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Prussian Infantry officer M95.
Replies: 17
Views: 608

Re: Prussian Infantry officer M95.

Well...I weigh 35 pounds more on a good day from when I was 30, too much good food, good drink and a slower metabolism which comes with age.. Good for you aicusv, though probably, a loss of muscle which weighs more. Old age is ok but it really sucks when health problems arise. Getting back to WW2 an...
by b.loree
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Prussian Tschapka.
Replies: 20
Views: 1121

Re: Prussian Tschapka.

At this point in time, I should confess, that I have probably 20 years ago, made a repro of an OR's tschapka liner. It was not a great copy, as I had no original example to follow, I just had the tschapka in front of me that needed a liner. I used paper to make a template of the liner from the shell...
by b.loree
Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: Looking for a Prussian artillery With
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: Looking for a Prussian artillery With

James....best to specify here....brass fittings or grey steel M15. Officer or Ordinary Ranks? Welcome to the forum. :)
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by b.loree
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Prussian Infantry officer M95.
Replies: 17
Views: 608

Re: Prussian Infantry officer M95.

During WW2 when my father...RAF, RCAF was promoted to Flying Officer, he was given a special allowance to buy the appropriate custom tailored officer uniform and headdress. Fortunately, I still have these pieces. Many CN aircrew flew with the RAF until RCAF squadrons were built up in the UK.
by b.loree
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Prussian Tschapka.
Replies: 20
Views: 1121

Re: Prussian Tschapka.

You could install the silk part but not the calfskin sweatband which of course, has to be cut to match the shell.
by b.loree
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: Junemann Officer Helmet JR 160
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: Junemann Officer Helmet JR 160

Sold !
by b.loree
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Prussian Tschapka.
Replies: 20
Views: 1121

Re: Prussian Tschapka.

Great, thank you so much Bruno!! You have provided a beautiful example of what I was trying to describe. So...you can see how the stitching ends at the visor trim, you can also see how rounded the liner edge is, which is created by the cane strip inserts mentioned previously. The liner at the front ...
by b.loree
Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: Junemann Officer Helmet JR 160
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Junemann Officer Helmet JR 160

I bought this helmet at the SOS 2018 in order to restore it. I put it up for sale reluctantly, because it has the clearest marked named/ ownership on an officer helmet, that I have ever seen in 40 years of collecting. Most times, if there is any name at all on an officer or OR's helmet it is written...
by b.loree
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Prussian Tschapka.
Replies: 20
Views: 1121

Re: Prussian Tschapka.

PS...I did a repair on a Garde tschapka of Alan's which included a restitch of the liner, check that out in the restoration section if so inclined. Years ago, I also replaced a cardboard top on an OR's M95 tschapka mortar board bought from Manions. I used thin leather then lacquered it, the piece wa...
by b.loree
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Prussian Tschapka.
Replies: 20
Views: 1121

Re: Prussian Tschapka.

I can handle the front visor restitch, no problem as I have done three successfully but the liner is very complex. The rear part of the liner actually has cane srtips stitched in along the fold line to give a more rounded look. Then you have the curve in the shell which accommodates the ears...the l...
by b.loree
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Prussian Tschapka.
Replies: 20
Views: 1121

Re: Prussian Tschapka.

The tschapka liner is unique, to my knowledge,there is no other helmet liner like it. I have made replacement haube liners but would not even know where to begin on a tschapka. Anyway Coert keep us in the loop and good luck.
by b.loree
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: General Site Information
Topic: Isn't me dumb? I cannot find delete button
Replies: 12
Views: 523

Re: Isn't me dumb? I cannot find delete button

Very good Amy, please, never ever call yourself dumb, all of us guys are very lucky to have a female collector here with us, especially one who has such a large collection which can provide examples when we discuss things. I continuously make mistakes in my responses to certain posts here and I appr...
by b.loree
Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Cutting Visor Trim
Replies: 4
Views: 543

Re: Cutting Visor Trim

Well Alan, you are always quick off the mark!! :D You did guess the true meaning of the phrase but it is still a very cool song and worth listening to so please do. In some ways, it does explain the male existence :) particularly if one has a demanding partner. Wilcox, living the rock life, almost d...
by b.loree
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: General Site Information
Topic: Isn't me dumb? I cannot find delete button
Replies: 12
Views: 523

Re: Isn't me dumb? I cannot find delete button

Well, yet another reason for monetization so I can afford to pay to get these things fixed. Obviously, tech service for the forum will improve once we are paying a "professional" company to look after things. I am on pension folks as most of you know, so give me a month and we will get things rollin...
by b.loree
Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Cutting Visor Trim
Replies: 4
Views: 543

Re: Cutting Visor Trim

PS: The Baden private purchase bought at the SOS also needs to have the trim cut to make it fit so I will post pics of this as part of this thread. Last, I had tunes on while doing this..a great song by a CN artist..David Wilcox called "Laying Pipe" was in my head...check it out! :D
by b.loree
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Cutting Visor Trim
Replies: 4
Views: 543

Cutting Visor Trim

When looking at the fittings on our pickelhauben, the two weak points are the front visor trim and the rear spine. The worst is the visor trim, a thin strip of metal which wraps around the front visor to protect it. Most of our helmets of course, are made of leather and as such they react to humidit...
by b.loree
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: General Site Information
Topic: Isn't me dumb? I cannot find delete button
Replies: 12
Views: 523

Re: Isn't me dumb? I cannot find delete button

Thanks everyone, I will give advance notice when this is going to happen.
by b.loree
Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: General Site Information
Topic: Isn't me dumb? I cannot find delete button
Replies: 12
Views: 523

Re: Isn't me dumb? I cannot find delete button

Ok Amy, we need to clarify a bit with this issue....are you saying you can not delete PM's? Email me the problem and I will see what we can do. To other members: The platform upon which the entire forum is based is a phpBB program. Whoever created this, posts upgrades every so often and naturally, w...
by b.loree
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Braunschweig Hussar Regiment nr 17 Officer's Sash
Replies: 9
Views: 436

Re: Braunschweig Hussar Regiment nr 17 Officer's Sash

Incredibly rare items, congratulations! Thank you for posting.
by b.loree
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Steve's Helmet of the Day 6/18/2020
Replies: 4
Views: 236

Steve's Helmet of the Day 6/18/2020

Another example from Steve's collection:
Garde Fuss Artillery officer.jpeg
Officer Garde zu Fuss Arty, 4th Komp.
by b.loree
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: a bit of my collection, pickelhaube, soldiers and more
Replies: 43
Views: 5654

Re: a bit of my collection, pickelhaube, soldiers and more

Massive Armies Sergei!! Your modelling and painting skills are obviously equal to your pickelhaube restorations. My congratulations to you. Coert, I watched an ex US Secretary of Defence on TV today, a man who had served both Republican and Democrat presidents. When asked what advice he would give t...
by b.loree
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Pickelhaube spike
Replies: 5
Views: 309

Re: Pickelhaube spike

Well, at least I had the Kurassier, JzP part right! :)
by b.loree
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Collector Stories
Topic: WW1 French Bertrand Gas Grenade
Replies: 4
Views: 498

Re: WW1 French Bertrand Gas Grenade

I second Alan’s recommendation, in my experience, the safest rust remover for any Historical piece.
by b.loree
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Pickelhaube spike
Replies: 5
Views: 309

Re: Pickelhaube spike

Officer spike from either a Kurassier helmet or Jaeger zu Pferde helmet. It is Officer because the OR’s tips are smooth not crimped. It appears to be white metal so it came from a helmet that had a white metal (neusilber) helmet plate.
by b.loree
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Help with ID on Firemans helmet
Replies: 10
Views: 645

Re: Help with ID on Firemans helmet

Black felt.....softer on the skin. I could perhaps look at a chin scale rebuild :wink:
by b.loree
Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Help with ID on Firemans helmet
Replies: 10
Views: 645

Re: Help with ID on Firemans helmet

Generally, I try not to "rip off" little old local ladies but I know things can be different in MN. Just kidding BG :D ! My mind also went Masonic when I saw this wappen. Likewise, whenever I look at the reverse side of Uncle Sams' $1 bill. Perhaps there is also Masonic symbolism in the 3 hearts?? M...
by b.loree
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: General Site Information
Topic: Logan Loree, new member
Replies: 11
Views: 7999

Re: Logan Loree, new member

Deleted. :x
by b.loree
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: General Site Information
Topic: best online dating sites free
Replies: 9
Views: 1006

Re: best online dating sites free

Thanks for being a good sport on this post Amy, feel free to post a photo of your favourite male escort! :D
by b.loree
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Bavarian Lifeguard Regiment One Year Volunteer
Replies: 5
Views: 319

Re: Bavarian Lifeguard Regiment One Year Volunteer

Very nice, congratulations, excellent condition. You are very lucky to have the original chin strap with those neusilber fittings. One thing about wetting the leather top....the process does leave a white water stain on the inside of the shell. I have even tried distilled water but to no avail. Prob...
by b.loree
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Kürassier and JzP Lobstertail Helmets
Topic: Enlisted GdC or GKR helmet
Replies: 14
Views: 1151

Re: Enlisted GdC or GKR helmet

I like to deal with this cleaning discussion by simply saying....if you own it then you decide whether to clean or not to clean. For myself, if I have the fittings off then I like to clean everything once. I agree that originally, they were meant to shine and impress people.
by b.loree
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: The Leather Chin Strap
Replies: 87
Views: 47528

Re: The Leather Chin Strap

Great photos Coert, thanks for posting. Obviously, a very rare type of strap,like you, I have never seen one like it.
by b.loree
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Württemberg Pickelhaube
Replies: 40
Views: 1093

Re: Württemberg Pickelhaube

Very good PG, you have dodged a bullet, well done! One of the foundation stones of this forum is for more experienced collectors to give advice to fellow collectors on "helmet purchases". I have been doing this for 40 years and I have made some mistakes, mostly by giving into "collector fever" :( . ...
by b.loree
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Württemberg Pickelhaube
Replies: 40
Views: 1093

Re: Württemberg Pickelhaubeeati

Personally, I would cancel this purchase. The helmet is an M15 with polished/chromed fittings, the stag antlers are gone. None of this is correct, why waste your money? By buying something that has been messed with, you are just creating problems for yourself !
by b.loree
Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: The Old Way of Buying a Helmet KAGGR#1
Replies: 7
Views: 865

Re: The Old Way of Buying a Helmet KAGGR#1

I had a Manions subscription and used to pour over their catalogs. Unfortunately, the quality of their militaria slowly deteriorated.
by b.loree
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Tschapkas
Topic: Need a shell
Replies: 7
Views: 585

Re: Need a shell

Any tschapka that I have ever worked on, handled or seen, has always had the traditional stitchless front visor. This piece already has problems as noted, so stay clear of it.
by b.loree
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Kürassier and JzP Lobstertail Helmets
Topic: Enlisted GdC or GKR helmet
Replies: 14
Views: 1151

Re: Enlisted GdC or GKR helmet

Very nice, the tall spike would certainly suggest a private purchase helmet. However, we have an OR's liner...another haube mystery?
by b.loree
Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Sachsen M15, a very large one.
Replies: 15
Views: 689

Re: Sachsen M15, a very large one.

Yes I am back up to 35 now....sigh! :? Still a ways to go before my high tide mark of 53! Small potatoes compared to your collection James. :) There is no known cure for Haubeitis. :(
by b.loree
Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Sachsen M95.
Replies: 15
Views: 752

Re: Sachsen M95.

That is a very unusual chin strap Coert I would appreciate you posting photos of it in our leather chin strap thread in the Pickelhaube Discussion Area. :)