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by b.loree
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Home Service Helmet to an Inspector of Army Schools
Replies: 4
Views: 102

Re: Home Service Helmet to an Inspector of Army Schools

Excellent helmet Nicholas, that is a beautiful piece! :thumb up:
by b.loree
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Original or collectors edition?
Replies: 9
Views: 141

Re: Original or collectors edition?

Yes, very nice...I have also seen split pins on officer stars before, so no problems. The condition of this piece is excellent! :thumb up:
by b.loree
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Bayern M15 helmet.
Replies: 9
Views: 144

Re: Bayern M15 helmet.

Very nice Coert, congratulations! In my experience, no markings is typical of the M15's
by b.loree
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Welcome to Pickelhaubes.Com
Topic: Hello
Replies: 10
Views: 103

Re: Hello

Welcome to our forum Nicholas. I live in Canada so we are very familiar with the Brit HS helmets. On rare occasions, they do show up at our militaria shows here.
by b.loree
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: General Site Information
Topic: Photos working again
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Photos working again

So, regarding the photo issue here, this is the latest news....the server we use to host photos (in France) had some major problems. Joel our tech guy, migrated the forum to another server until they iron out everything in France. Something must have broke during this transfer, Joel is looking into ...
by b.loree
Fri Feb 26, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Steel Combat Helmets 1916- 1918
Topic: M18 Ear Cut out
Replies: 11
Views: 159

Re: M18 Ear Cut out

Yes the pick axes here in N Am. have squared points as well. Obviously, no dug WW1 artifacts here, although some do show up at the militaria shows. Dug things here....Civil War (USA), War of 1812 (Some Brit, FR, CN and US) and Indigenous Peoples. The Native artifacts....metal European trade goods an...
by b.loree
Fri Feb 26, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Steel Combat Helmets 1916- 1918
Topic: M18 Ear Cut out
Replies: 11
Views: 159

Re: M18 Ear Cut out

Good question. De milling, “Demilitarization “. We have photos taken after the war of these steel helmets having holes punched in them with pick axes. The Treaty of Versailles required that German war materials and machines like aircraft be destroyed. So the suggestion here about this piece is that ...
by b.loree
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:23 am
Forum: Donate to the Forum Server Fees
Topic: First Donation 2021
Replies: 15
Views: 548

Re: First Donation 2021

Thanks Pete for your generous donation and your kind comments above. We will get this sorted. Unfortunately, it does not help that I am of an older generation and lack computer skills. Consequently, I have to rely on others ie. tech support to solve problems. Tony has been a great help and also my y...
by b.loree
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Donate to the Forum Server Fees
Topic: First Donation 2021
Replies: 15
Views: 548

Re: First Donation 2021

Thanks Pete for you comments.....things are going to have to change here on our forum. I had a recent PM from a member alerting me to the fact that photos are disappearing on posts. I have noticed that photos that I resubmitted months ago are yet once again not there. This seems to happen every time...
by b.loree
Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:56 am
Forum: Wappen/Helmet Plates
Topic: Adler
Replies: 17
Views: 253

Re: Adler

Yes, we do have a language problem sometimes here on the forum especially with the Slavic/ Russian languages translations but knowing this, we collectors can still communicate. If you are an English/French/ German speaker, then simplify your phrases, do not use slang. Sorry Amy, I have never had a p...
by b.loree
Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:36 am
Forum: Donate to the Forum Server Fees
Topic: First Donation 2021
Replies: 15
Views: 548

Re: First Donation 2021

My thanks to John S. for his recent donation to the forum costs. Thank you John, as always,... very much appreciated, especially during this covid 19 crisis where so many good folks are hurting. Then we can also go to Texas where I heard today, that the province of Saskatchewan is sending power down...
by b.loree
Sat Feb 20, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Wappen/Helmet Plates
Topic: Adler
Replies: 17
Views: 253

Re: Adler

Well in truth the gilding done on our helme wappen is “mercury” gilding so yes, beautiful but not so good for the health of the people who made it.
by b.loree
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Ersatz Green painted Cuirassier helmet
Replies: 10
Views: 266

Re: Ersatz Green painted Cuirassier helmet

Very nice James, congratulations!
by b.loree
Tue Feb 16, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Small repair pickelhaube
Replies: 19
Views: 292

Re: Small repair pickelhaube

I failed to mention our member Sergei in my post, both of these gentlemen take helmets which have been in the ground for 100 years + and restore them back to the way they were. I have never had that opportunity, hopefully I might be able to figure that out? :? The Russians like all of Europe and the...
by b.loree
Tue Feb 16, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Small repair pickelhaube
Replies: 19
Views: 292

Re: Small repair pickelhaube

No offense taken, by me here in our discussion ...Suum Cuique, everyone has their own methods which they devise to solve problems and restore these helmets! :) Wojtek and I share a love of these old pieces and frankly "most normal people" would find us weird :-? for wasting so much time on...
by b.loree
Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Prussian 33rd or 34th Officer helmet
Replies: 17
Views: 243

Re: Prussian 33rd or 34th Officer helmet

Awesome helmet, congratulations James! :thumb up: :thumb up:
by b.loree
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Three Wartime Officer helmets
Replies: 15
Views: 271

Re: Three Wartime Officer helmets

Yes,...fantastic officer private purchase examples of what was done after the war began and we see those wide flat brads on the side posts used on kit helmets. Many times we continually find these "exceptions" things, which no one or at least us collectors here on the forum have ever seen ...
by b.loree
Sun Feb 14, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Small repair pickelhaube
Replies: 19
Views: 292

Re: Small repair pickelhaube

My response...I bought this product years ago and I still have this "black bar of wax" but I have never used it. To use it as shown in these pictures, you have to heat it because, it is wax. Yes, initially, it is very easy to fill in a puncture in this helmet as Naprawiacz has shown. Think...
by b.loree
Sun Feb 14, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Ersatz Pickelhauben
Topic: Yes I love ersatz pichelhaube.
Replies: 65
Views: 1797

Re: Yes I love ersatz pichelhaube.

That leather/fibre strip stitched around the inner rim of your helmet Zeb is a new one for me. I have seen thin strips of cork stitched like that on officer vulcan fibre helmets but never on a filz helme. There is always something new with these pickelhauben!
by b.loree
Sat Feb 13, 2021 2:12 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Chinscales restoration
Replies: 25
Views: 851

Re: Chinscales restoration

Very interesting how we collectors use different methods to achieve the same goal. I know that older chin scales used leather as a backing strip to which the brass scales were stapled. The older scales were thicker and heavier as a result. For me, I am rebuilding the chin scales of the 1890's and on...
by b.loree
Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Two Pickelhauben that need work. Here is #1
Replies: 25
Views: 1106

Re: Two Pickelhauben that need work. Here is #1

That is a great example of the typical Bavarian imprinted markings. I also noticed in my travels that the Bavarians usually put the number first then the letters. Other more unusual placement for ink stamp markings are on the flesh/rough side of the OR’s liners. We see this in Tschapkas, and sometim...
by b.loree
Thu Feb 11, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Two Pickelhauben that need work. Here is #1
Replies: 25
Views: 1106

Re: Two Pickelhauben that need work. Here is #1

I can only speak from my own experience John. Most prewar helmets have good inked Regt. marking but some are not . Then I have found these ink markings blotted out or ground / sanded off. This was probably done when the Germans realized that these could provide information to the enemy. Then there a...
by b.loree
Tue Feb 09, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Ersatz Metal Pickelhaube I’ve just won on Grenadier auctions...
Replies: 25
Views: 472

Re: Ersatz Metal Pickelhaube I’ve just won on Grenadier auctions...

Personally, I would like everyone to "cut Michael some slack" for our Euro members...."hold/stop judgement". Let's wait until he receives the helmet, has it in hand and can take additional photos. You know, I gut these helmets in my restorations, I take them apart.....disassemble...
by b.loree
Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Two Pickelhauben that need work. Here is #1
Replies: 25
Views: 1106

Re: Two Pickelhauben that need work. Here is #1

I think helmet number two simply represents an older collector trying to upgrade a helmet or in the case of the officer wappen, provide something that was missing. We could also be dealing with the results of some dealer messing with the piece to charge more money. There were many pieces in this auc...
by b.loree
Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Ersatz Metal Pickelhaube I’ve just won on Grenadier auctions...
Replies: 25
Views: 472

Re: Ersatz Metal Pickelhaube I’ve just won on Grenadier auctions...

Very nice example, congratulations. I would agree, the chin strap looks to be a reproduction.
by b.loree
Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Ersatz Pickelhauben
Topic: Yes I love ersatz pichelhaube.
Replies: 65
Views: 1797

Re: Yes I love ersatz pichelhaube.

Yes I can echo that comment, I have never seen or handled one of these. I did however, get suckered into buying one of those 1970’s Brit copies years ago....a Prussian version with M 15 wappen. A lesson learned. :)
by b.loree
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: My favorite piece of my late Brothers collection
Replies: 17
Views: 4896

Re: My favorite piece of my late Brothers collection

The SOS will never be the same without Paul, even once we get back to normal and can all attend. However, I think I can speak for everyone of the forum gang that gathers there...he will always be in our thoughts.
by b.loree
Fri Feb 05, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: General Site Information
Topic: Photos working again
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Photos working again

Joel is our tech support and he is a Master at his craft! Thanks for your comment Bob. :thumb up:
by b.loree
Fri Feb 05, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: M1915 prussian sommermütze
Replies: 5
Views: 434

Re: M1915 prussian sommermütze

I like it, I would look very good wearing that! :thumb up:
by b.loree
Fri Feb 05, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Wurttemberg M15
Replies: 3
Views: 877

Re: Wurttemberg M15

I have never seen such a major "period repair" done on any pickelhaube in all my years of collecting!
by b.loree
Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: 1LKR1 OR's Schabrunke
Replies: 4
Views: 135

1LKR1 OR's Schabrunke

Posting this for Steve...I knew Napoleonic versions of these existed thanks to my friendship with a First Empire Reenactor but I have never seen an Imperial German one. https://photos.smugmug.com/Kokarden/i-N5j9f9C/0/d301fcda/S/1%20L%20K%20R%201%20%20enlisted%20man%20Schabrunke%20%20circa%201902-S.j...
by b.loree
Tue Feb 02, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Prussian Artillery Officer Lion-Head Säbel
Replies: 7
Views: 2348

Re: Prussian Artillery Officer Lion-Head Säbel

Good Evening to you Clovis. No problem understanding your message here on the forum, very good. You have given us the answer. Thank you,
by b.loree
Tue Feb 02, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Welcome to Pickelhaubes.Com
Topic: Hello from France :D
Replies: 13
Views: 561

Re: Hello from France :D

I always wanted a French girlfriend.....I tried on several occaisions to attract a Quebecoise but no luck. Unlike you Europeans, we are limited in our contacts here due to distance. I did have some pleasant conversations with women of Slovakian heritage but again they were second generation and did ...
by b.loree
Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Are the forums having problems?
Replies: 12
Views: 246

Re: Are the forums having problems?

Ok I have previously contacted tech support but will do so again.. last weekend for some reason, the forum went down, then Joel fixed that issue but we still have problems with photos being seen. I will email him.
by b.loree
Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Permanently banned - what did I do?
Replies: 36
Views: 4419

Re: Permanently banned - what did I do?

In a recent conversation with Tony, he alerted me to the fact that I may have caused this problem. In getting rid of SPAM, I have been banning IP addresses (whatever that is :o ??) My apologies. :(
by b.loree
Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Donate to the Forum Server Fees
Topic: First Donation 2021
Replies: 15
Views: 548

Re: First Donation 2021

Received, with thanks Coert , I should have posted earlier here but got caught up in everyday life. Thank you very much for your support. Stay safe everyone!
by b.loree
Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts Wanted
Topic: Wurttemberg M15 wappen
Replies: 10
Views: 538

Re: Wurttemberg M15 wappen

When I first met Tony years ago in person, even he did not have this M15. I bought mine 20+ years ago along with a Bavarian M15 at the MAX Show in Pittsburgh. I sold the Bavarian during a divorce but kept the Wurtt. I knew I could get another wife and a Bavarian :D but not the Wurtt. M15!! Yes Amy, ...
by b.loree
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts Wanted
Topic: Wurttemberg M15 wappen
Replies: 10
Views: 538

Re: Wurttemberg M15 wappen

Yes for some reason the M15 Wurtt pickelhaube is very hard to find. Locating the wappen alone will be a challenge.
by b.loree
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Welcome to Pickelhaubes.Com
Topic: Hello from France :D
Replies: 13
Views: 561

Re: Hello from France :D

Welcome Clovis , great to have you with us. No worries on the language issue, we can work that out.
by b.loree
Thu Jan 28, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: General Site Information
Topic: Spam
Replies: 5
Views: 1198

Re: Spam

I am on it.
by b.loree
Wed Jan 27, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Chinscales restoration
Replies: 25
Views: 851

Re: Chinscales restoration

I ordered male and female scale ends from the Polish dealer a couple of years ago. The quality is very good in my opinion.
by b.loree
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Grenadier Officer Restoration
Replies: 9
Views: 224

Re: Grenadier Officer Restoration

Yes, I can confirm that Steve.... 100% and have the spare bits of trim, rear spines in my parts drawer to back you up. Buying trim or spines or even wappen to complete these 100 year old helmets is a total crap shoot. The leather parts of these helmets have a life of their own which is determined by...
by b.loree
Tue Jan 26, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Hussar group photo...maybe HR 8
Replies: 8
Views: 483

Re: Hussar group photo...maybe HR 8

Perhaps this is a job for our resident colourist...one who has the computer program to analyze black and white photos??
by b.loree
Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Grenadier Officer Restoration
Replies: 9
Views: 224

Re: Grenadier Officer Restoration

One of the hardest things to do in this restoration process, is removing the front visor trim and then putting it back in place. I would suspect that there was some sort of mechanical crimping that went on in the manufacturing process. We have also seen punched holes on the back side of trim to secu...
by b.loree
Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: New Book 'Traditions of the Imperial German Infantry Regiments'
Replies: 15
Views: 354

Re: New Book 'Traditions of the Imperial German Infantry Regiments'

Just purchased mine from Amazon, looking forward to reading it.
by b.loree
Tue Jan 26, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Grenadier Officer Restoration
Replies: 9
Views: 224

Re: Grenadier Officer Restoration

More photos: https://photos.smugmug.com/Before-Helmet-Restprations/i-PpJgNxM/0/511583f4/X3/IMG_1695-X3.jpg Stitching on a sunny day, the natural light, "lights" up the stitch line. :D In this case we see the situation after the "first pass" along the line where every other stitch...
by b.loree
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Grenadier Officer Restoration
Replies: 9
Views: 224

Re: Grenadier Officer Restoration

Yes Sandy stitching in a torn, separated silk liner is not fun. :( So many are in this condition. The ersatz wartime ones have often just disintegrated.
by b.loree
Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Grenadier Officer Restoration
Replies: 9
Views: 224

Re: Grenadier Officer Restoration

The original silk will be stitched back in but there is no way that I know of to repair it.
by b.loree
Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Colorized B/W-Photos
Replies: 8
Views: 167

Re: Colorized B/W-Photos

However you do it Sandy, the results look awesome! Keep up the good work.
by b.loree
Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Grenadier Officer Restoration
Replies: 9
Views: 224

Re: Grenadier Officer Restoration

https://photos.smugmug.com/Before-Helmet-Restprations/i-zbzjnNP/0/1a2e22cb/XL/IMG_1670-XL.jpg The helmet size is.....54 1/2 cm. The tattered liner had to be taken out as this makes stitching much easier and my efforts would have caused even more damage to the silk. The interior of the helmet also d...

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