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by b.loree
Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Another Garde Tschapka
Replies: 8
Views: 142

Re: Another Garde Tschapka

The work continues: https://photos.smugmug.com/Tschapkas/i-VxgfMRq/0/769b2731/XL/IMG_1630-XL.jpg The visor actually has three layers to it, a thin outer layer of very fine leather, a middle stiffer/thicker layer and finally, the typical green cloth/leather underside. In manufacture, the visor is tac...
by b.loree
Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Another Garde Tschapka
Replies: 8
Views: 142

Re: Another Garde Tschapka

There is a post in the restoration section showing the re stitch of another tschapka visor. However, I will be posting numerous pics and description of how it is done . The last photo in this post does show the unique visor stitch line. The re stitch does take two people though, two pairs of hands, ...
by b.loree
Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: General Site Information
Topic: American Thanksgiving
Replies: 3
Views: 48

American Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our many forum members in the USA! Stay safe!
by b.loree
Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Another Garde Tschapka
Replies: 8
Views: 142

Re: Another Garde Tschapka

Excellent point bob....the officer neusilber hook for the fangschnur. This confirms to me along with the other things mentioned....a private purchase helmet even though it does have OR’s visor trim and parade cords.
by b.loree
Wed Nov 25, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: JR 73 Officer's Helmet
Replies: 18
Views: 229

Re: JR 73 Officer's Helmet

Good to hear that you did not get hit with duty Jeremy! I really do think that much of it depends on what customs person reads the description. The USA-CN postal exchange works well, I have never lost a helmet on either side of the border....thank God! We always have that tracking number though...Al...
by b.loree
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Another Garde Tschapka
Replies: 8
Views: 142

Another Garde Tschapka

Another Garde Ulan tschapka sent for a visor re stitch and perhaps some finish work. This one like the last, belongs to Alan, the intrepid "Haube Hunter". I may fix a lot of them but he sure knows how to search/discover them. :thumb up: The before photos: https://photos.smugmug.com/Tschapkas/i-KXh8w...
by b.loree
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: JR 73 Officer's Helmet
Replies: 18
Views: 229

Re: JR 73 Officer's Helmet

I can only echo your questions Alan, I have no definitive answers. The spraying of paint and finishes was not invented until the 1880’s according to the internet. Prior to this our haube finish would have been brushed on, dried then polished. There is mention of using pumice as a polishing agent. I ...
by b.loree
Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: JR 73 Officer's Helmet
Replies: 18
Views: 229

Re: JR 73 Officer's Helmet

snaffles: I did have to pay $34 in duty when the pkg. arrived. I can not speak to charges that may have been levied on return post to the UK. J did use a private courier to bring the helmet to CN and I have found that even with helmets sent from the USA no matter what the declared value is...duties ...
by b.loree
Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: JR 73 Officer's Helmet
Replies: 18
Views: 229

Re: JR 73 Officer's Helmet

Well gentlemen my thanks for the compliments, all I can say is that I just try my best. Cudos also to member Sandy for tracking down the 1876 shellac formula from Germany. This solved a lot of problems and I will be using it from now on.
by b.loree
Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: A very neat ersatz helmet with interesting features
Replies: 9
Views: 207

Re: A very neat ersatz helmet with interesting features

They don’t get ant better than that Alex, a super example! Congratulations!
by b.loree
Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Ersatz Pickelhauben
Topic: Prussian Pioneer Ersatz Felt Helme
Replies: 20
Views: 2462

Re: Prussian Pioneer Ersatz Felt Helme

One thing I just noticed after revisiting these helmets and our discussion.....both Alan’s and Alex’s examples have a molded rear spine ie. the felt and leather strips sewen on were shaped to the profile of a regular metal spine. Very interesting that even this small detail was not overlooked.
by b.loree
Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Info on a 1895 model
Replies: 5
Views: 104

Re: Info on a 1895 model

Yes , size 56 cm.
by b.loree
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Gendarme à cheval, crest helmet.
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: Gendarme à cheval, crest helmet.

Excellent helmet! Even I would look good in that. 😊 Style wise, I see more of an Alexander the Great influence, at least from my perspective.
by b.loree
Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Info on a 1895 model
Replies: 5
Views: 104

Re: Info on a 1895 model

Any markings on the rear visor or inside the shell? Usually, the black tin spike base support disc is on the inside of the shell. However, we often see it as here non regulation.
by b.loree
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Ersatz Pickelhauben
Topic: Prussian Pioneer Ersatz Felt Helme
Replies: 20
Views: 2462

Re: Prussian Pioneer Ersatz Felt Helme

It does look good to me as well. One thing that I have never seen though is a solid spike support disc....no hole to allow air flow from the spike vents. Very unusual.
by b.loree
Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Welcome to Pickelhaubes.Com
Topic: Hello
Replies: 8
Views: 121

Re: Hello

Welcome Olaf.
by b.loree
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Argentine Officers helmet
Replies: 9
Views: 163

Re: Argentine Officers helmet

Very cool James! I love the Phrygian Revolutionary cap in the centre of the wappen, also worn by the French in their revolution.
by b.loree
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: CRUSHED !!!
Replies: 5
Views: 225

Re: CRUSHED !!!

I remember that helmet well Eric, a very unique piece, one of a kind! :D The 1876 formula works well but has the consistency of water , it will fill in a bit ie. cover the missing finish but it is impossible to get rid of those dents caused by the creases in the shell...at least with my skills.
by b.loree
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: CRUSHED !!!
Replies: 5
Views: 225

Re: CRUSHED !!!

The crushed top has now been put back into correct position using the method previously described. There was some finish loss in the creased areas but this will be filled in using the 1876 formula. https://photos.smugmug.com/Before-Helmet-Restprations/i-qZrsdF2/0/3dc66e47/XL/IMG_1585-XL.jpg https://...
by b.loree
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Mitre Parade Helmets
Topic: My grenadier mitres
Replies: 9
Views: 149

Re: My grenadier mitres

Very impressive Sergei, I have never seen so many in one collection. Congratulations!
by b.loree
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: The origin story of CRUSHED !!!
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Re: The origin story of CRUSHED !!!

Ha ha! Thanks for the link. I am not really convinced that this is a model 1871. There should only be one Prussian kokarde for example. Anyway, I already have the top back into position and will post pictures today. :thumb up:
by b.loree
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Prussian helm Mod. 1887
Replies: 6
Views: 102

Re: Prussian helm Mod. 1887

Excellent markings, congratulations ! I encountered one example back in the 1980’s but did not buy it.
by b.loree
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Steve's latest additions, part 2. 1 L K R 1 helmet, and a GFM strap.
Replies: 13
Views: 263

Re: Steve's latest additions, part 2. 1 L K R 1 helmet, and a GFM strap.

Fantastic new pieces added to a world class collection!!
by b.loree
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Steve's latest find, a KAGGR1 Fusilier Battalion Officer Miter.
Replies: 13
Views: 385

Re: Steve's latest find, a KAGGR1 Fusilier Battalion Officer Miter.

Wow!! They don't get any better than that!!
by b.loree
Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: CRUSHED !!!
Replies: 5
Views: 225

CRUSHED !!!

Here are some photos of a damaged helmet sent to me by the Heritage Arsenal a military museum consultancy organization based in Colorado. This officer haube was crushed in transit by a moving company :( . This is the worst case I have ever seen! Here are the "before pictures": https://photos.smugmug...
by b.loree
Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Is there BLUEPRINT for a Pickelhaube officer liners
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Re: Is there BLUEPRINT for a Pickelhaube officer liners

Not to my knowledge and I have been restoring these helmets for 30 years. There is a company from Poland on German Ebay that sells repro silk liners. The watered silk they use is not correct but this is the only source that I know of.
by b.loree
Sat Nov 07, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Brass visor trim on field grey Bavarian artillery
Replies: 8
Views: 209

Re: Brass visor trim on field grey Bavarian artillery

My JR 153 filz helmet also has brass fittings and wappen with neusilber visor trim. Brass was chemically darkened to stop shine. I agree with your decision to leave things as they are.
by b.loree
Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts Wanted
Topic: WTB enlisted Pickelhaube Cover
Replies: 5
Views: 225

Re: WTB enlisted Pickelhaube Cover

Quite rare and expensive these days unfortunately.
by b.loree
Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: M1915 Preussen - Unusual Unit Mark
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Re: M1915 Preussen - Unusual Unit Mark

Fantastic condition, congratulations! The first grouping is JR ?, 1916, II B. The date is the year when the helmet was accepted by the Regiment, II B is second Battalion. JR or IR stands for Infantry Regiment. Your only problem remaining, is the Regimental number which is almost gone. My advice....g...
by b.loree
Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Brass visor trim on field grey Bavarian artillery
Replies: 8
Views: 209

Re: Brass visor trim on field grey Bavarian artillery

My Hessen M15 has brass M91 posts.
by b.loree
Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: Reproduction Officer Stars
Replies: 34
Views: 1500

Re: Reproduction Officer Stars

A recent message from Coert who purchased 2 sets : Hi Brian, When I arrived home from work today, the stars were waiting for me on my doormat! They are great looking, and I immediately changed the stars on my Infantry officer helmet for the ones you sent me. (I didn't even change my work clothing fo...
by b.loree
Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Uhlans in the field
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Re: Uhlans in the field

Excellent photo! Note that officer in the middle of the group is wearing a pickelhaube.
by b.loree
Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Unique Meerschaum Pipe
Replies: 10
Views: 294

Re: Unique Meerschaum Pipe

Truly an unusual piece of art. Congratulations John!
by b.loree
Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Scarce saxon
Replies: 8
Views: 318

Re: Scarce saxon

Congratulations on a very nice Saxe Haube. JR 100 wore a black parade trichter as did PB 12 so unfortunately, I do not see any way of specifically nailing this down/identifying it. Extremely rare to have the proper M91 neusilber flat chin scales on this helmet. :thumb up:
by b.loree
Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: Bavarian Bing spiked helmet - SOLD
Replies: 15
Views: 485

Re: Bavarian Bing spiked helmet - 950 €

No problem Bruno....we are all " Boys with Toys" in reality!! :thumb up:
by b.loree
Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Fall Harvest of Haubes Part 1, Oldenburg Dragoon M15 Enlisted Helmet
Replies: 16
Views: 279

Re: Fall Harvest of Haubes Part 1, Oldenburg Dragoon M15 Enlisted Helmet

I need to admit my ignorance here regarding the issue of Alan's painted Oldenburg fittings. My impression of many years, is that the M15 grey finish is that it is not "paint". After 100 years it doesn't look like paint, to me it looks like some sort of finish that was baked on. More specifically I w...
by b.loree
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: Reproduction Officer Stars
Replies: 34
Views: 1500

Re: Reproduction Officer Stars

Ok friends, I received the square nuts sourced by Amy so we are good to go on the reproduction sets of stars. If interested, please email or PM me with how many sets you want and your address so I can get postage cost to your location. A reminder: $25US for one set of stars and square nuts plus post...
by b.loree
Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Grenadier Officer Helmet to Restore
Replies: 7
Views: 179

Re: Grenadier Officer Helmet to Restore

Congratulations on the recent harvest Alan, it never ceases to amaze me what treasures you manage to discover! I look forward to working on this helmet. :thumb up:
by b.loree
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 21
Replies: 21
Views: 1159

Re: SOS 21

I have followed your lead Gus at every SOS that I have attended and left our tables when I wanted to. There is a certain collector/friend of ours from the great state of MN (even though he and his family are all from Quebec!!) who tends to complain about our absence from the forum tables! What he ne...
by b.loree
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Pickelhaube M15
Replies: 25
Views: 843

Re: Pickelhaube M15

One last comment before we beat this post to death.....these helmets were mass produced which means at the turn of the century, a semi standardization of production.... fittings should fit the size of the helmet shell. The spike top and M91 posts are common to all helmets BUT ALL other fittings........
by b.loree
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Pickelhaube M15
Replies: 25
Views: 843

Re: Pickelhaube M15

One can not strictly rely on measurements of the wappen holes. This ignores the size of the helmet..54...60cm and half sizes in between. I maintain faith in the wappen shadow which indicates what was truly on there. Smaller size helmets obviously, necessitated a smaller wappen of any type. A wappen ...
by b.loree
Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 21
Replies: 21
Views: 1159

Re: SOS 21

Yes Gus, no surprise, I am very "Odd" :) and unlike many, I know about the hazards of "Grain Dust" and the other health problems which can arise after working for decades on the land. Total Respect to all of those who work to produce food for the rest of us! I hope your test is negative and look for...
by b.loree
Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Wappen/Helmet Plates
Topic: Wappen of the Imperial Duchies
Replies: 6
Views: 685

Wappen of the Imperial Duchies

Recently, Tony S. asked me for photos of the "Duchy Wappen" that I have managed to acquire over 40 years of collecting. I took the pictures yesterday and thought why not post them on the forum as well? Unfortunately, I have not been able to find them all :) so I would invite members who have the the...
by b.loree
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Pickelhaube M15
Replies: 25
Views: 843

Re: Pickelhaube M15

Personally, my vote goes for "Prussian Garde" wappen. If you look closely at the front of the helmet, (tape measure photo) you can see the shadow of the swept wing Model 1915 Garde wappen. Last, welcome to our forum Marc! :thumb up:
by b.loree
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 21
Replies: 21
Views: 1159

Re: SOS 21

Hmmm...glad I am not going to be at this 2020 Show with Gus already coughing! Lucky you James!! Of course it could be only a mild case of TB due to all of the "grain dust" that he has inhaled during his life as a farmer. :D
by b.loree
Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Stunning Wappen
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: Stunning Wappen

I feel very lucky just to have the OR’s version purchased back in the 90’s. Even then I never thought I would Find one.
by b.loree
Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Welcome to Pickelhaubes.Com
Topic: Hello from Germany
Replies: 8
Views: 508

Re: Hello from Germany

Welcome Matthias!
by b.loree
Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: General Site Information
Topic: Canadian Thanksgiving
Replies: 3
Views: 547

Canadian Thanksgiving

A Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Canadian members! :D Stay safe until this covid scourge has been defeated.