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by b.loree
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: helmet m -15 for restoration
Replies: 7
Views: 73

Re: helmet m -15 for restoration

Ha ha! I already know that Sergei can restore this no problem! I will be interested to see the new liner he puts into it. :thumb up:
by b.loree
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts Wanted
Topic: Looking for Gardes Du Corps helmet (Mannschaft)
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Re: Looking for Gardes Du Corps helmet (Mannschaft)

Welcome aboard C, that is an excellent reason to start collecting GdK!
by b.loree
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: General Site Information
Topic: New Member Activation
Replies: 9
Views: 3855

Re: New Member Activation

Just a reminder to all members or potential ones. The registration is no longer "automatic" due to excessive spamming here. All new members need to send me their user name and I will activate them manually or Tony will. Here is my email once again: [email protected]
by b.loree
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Field cloth ersatz
Replies: 10
Views: 287

Re: Field cloth ersatz

Excellent pieces, all !! Great helmets. That chin strap Amy is the "ersatz of all ersatz" I have never seen one like it before. :thumb up:
by b.loree
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: A seasoned one
Replies: 10
Views: 162

Re: A seasoned one

Very cool and very rare, excellent markings. Congratulations Bruno!
by b.loree
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Groupings
Topic: Grouping Prince Alfons of Bavaria, Chevaulegers Regt. Nr.7
Replies: 46
Views: 18840

Re: Grouping Prince Alfons of Bavaria, Chevaulegers Regt. Nr.7

My thanks also Karel for all your work in reposting these pictures!
by b.loree
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Picture of Emperor Wilhelm II with firegilt Crown and Monogram on the Frame
Replies: 3
Views: 79

Re: Picture of Emperor Wilhelm II with firegilt Crown and Monogram on the Frame

Excellent, I love the crown and monogram, I have never seen that before. :thumb up:
by b.loree
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Kaiser's Bunker Resurrection - Wappens
Replies: 16
Views: 288

Re: Kaiser's Bunker Resurrection - Wappens

Not a bad little collection T. :D :D
by b.loree
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Items Wanted
Topic: Long Shot
Replies: 6
Views: 171

Re: Long Shot

It boils down to what you as the collector can live with.
by b.loree
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Items Wanted
Topic: Long Shot
Replies: 6
Views: 171

Re: Long Shot

In 40 years of collecting, I have never seen one of these for sale.
by b.loree
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Help needed with Friend's I.R. 92 Braunschweig enlisted Helmet
Replies: 12
Views: 213

Re: Help needed with Friend's I.R. 92 Braunschweig enlisted Helmet

Thanks Philippe for some great fotos and an education on fakes and originals! :thumb up:
by b.loree
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: M1915 Bavarian
Replies: 18
Views: 308

Re: M1915 Bavarian

So true...I was educated in Imperial measurement...Feet, inches, fahrenheit but my country Canada, switched to metric probably 20 years ago. Despite this, I still think in the old system, when I am in the US, I totally identify with their use of the old cumbersome measurement of length and temperatu...
by b.loree
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Help needed with Friend's I.R. 92 Braunschweig enlisted Helmet
Replies: 12
Views: 213

Re: Help needed with Friend's I.R. 92 Braunschweig enlisted Helmet

Great markings but where can one ever find an original wappen to complete the helmet ? :(
by b.loree
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: General Site Information
Topic: Bogus Phishing On Our Site
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: Bogus Phishing On Our Site

Another recent attempt:71ukty_3 wrote:25 May 2019 12:28 pm Hello. We are glad to inform you that your E-mail address is selected as a prize, you can get a reward by clicking on this link https://bit.ly/2JCKecL Best regards and congratulations again on your win Again, this is completely bogus, we do ...
by b.loree
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: The Leather Chin Strap
Replies: 81
Views: 41266

Re: The Leather Chin Strap

Great pics of a classic example of the Officer M15 helmet. Excellent! :thumb up:
by b.loree
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: JR 119 & 126
Replies: 26
Views: 529

Re: JR 119 & 126

All I know Bill, is that George Birringer told me years ago that he used the natural shellac flakes and that was good enough for me. I saw examples of crap finish jobs using the pre made box store “jug” sh.t which basically in my opinion, ruined helmets. I have never used it. As a long time bar band...
by b.loree
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: JR 119 & 126
Replies: 26
Views: 529

Re: JR 119 & 126

The fill in process has begun:
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by b.loree
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: JR 119 & 126
Replies: 26
Views: 529

Re: JR 119 & 126

Here is a what I use Bill, unfortunately there is no list of chemical contents on the label: https://photos.smugmug.com/Before-Helmet-Restprations/i-9sD85BK/0/5494ff5b/L/IMG_0692-L.jpg Lee Valley is a widely respected company up here in the North, they produce two or three catalogues of their wares ...
by b.loree
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: JR 119 & 126
Replies: 26
Views: 529

Re: JR 119 & 126

The work on the outside finish of the 126th helmet was begun today. First, a light sanding of visors and shell then a cotton ball wet with lacquer thinner is used to melt the dust into the crazings and smooth things out. https://photos.smugmug.com/Before-Helmet-Restprations/i-6CBV4qv/0/6d9a1f48/L/IM...
by b.loree
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: JR 119 & 126
Replies: 26
Views: 529

Re: JR 119 & 126

Thank you Amy, I have only had one major catastrophe....involving a Hessen officer helmet that was left too long hydrating in the plastic bag. I forgot about it and came back to a real mess! There was mold growing on the calfskin liner, missing finish, collapsed shell. :( Fortunately, the master res...
by b.loree
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: JR 119 & 126
Replies: 26
Views: 529

Re: JR 119 & 126

Replacing missing finish would be up to the owner Sandy. It could be done but would take time and added cost.
by b.loree
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: JR 119 & 126
Replies: 26
Views: 529

Re: JR 119 & 126

No problem Sandy. John, thank you for your praise and trusting me to work on your helmets! Both visors are now back on the 126th helmet: https://photos.smugmug.com/Before-Helmet-Restprations/i-vTSPDMb/0/e16456a5/XL/IMG_0675-XL.jpg I will be cleaning fittings in the next few days. The helmet was very...
by b.loree
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: JR 119 & 126
Replies: 26
Views: 529

Re: JR 119 & 126

The JR 126 helme is small , a size 54cm. fittings were very oxidized, brown in colour. Both visors on this piece had been glued on by a previous owner. Fortunately, the glue was only applied in 2 spots and not along the whole width of the visors. Glue residue was removed before restitch. The rear of...
by b.loree
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: JR 119 & 126
Replies: 26
Views: 529

Re: JR 119 & 126

Here are the markings: https://photos.smugmug.com/Before-Helmet-Restprations/i-XLBTWrP/0/1844cd60/L/IMG_0647-L.jpg 119.R 1905 Completed visor stitch. The process always has to be finished off with black shoe polish along the stitch line, primarily because stitching causes finish to break off and the...
by b.loree
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: JR 119 & 126
Replies: 26
Views: 529

JR 119 & 126

As I have mentioned previously, one of the very cool things about restoration is that for some reason, people send me their helmets to work on. As such, unlike most of you, I get to work on some pretty rare and expensive leather hats. I take them apart and that can be pretty scary at times because I...
by b.loree
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Saxon IR reserve officer
Replies: 11
Views: 209

Re: Saxon IR reserve officer

Yes, this one is similar, a true original Saxon.
by b.loree
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Minor Disaster!
Replies: 13
Views: 340

Re: Minor Disaster!

My condolences Pete but at least you did not lose any of the collection...books will dry out. The main thing is that the collection was spared! My small collection is in a room a storey and a half up. So unless we have a Biblical flood I will be ok. My house was built in 1920...a hand dug basement s...
by b.loree
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: General Site Information
Topic: Bogus Phishing On Our Site
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: Bogus Phishing On Our Site

Ha ha! No freebies here!
by b.loree
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: French dragon officer helmet and képi
Replies: 10
Views: 190

Re: French dragon officer helmet and képi

True but if you look at period photos they wore cloth covers on these helmets to prevent the “shine”.
by b.loree
Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 172

Re: SOS 2020

We booked yesterday using Hotels. Com and saved $140 CN.
by b.loree
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Finally found a metal haube
Replies: 11
Views: 371

Re: Finally found a metal haube

Excellent, congrats! Yet another variation on this style helmet. They usually have the undyed liner in my experience.
by b.loree
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 172

Re: SOS 2020

Yes indeed Bill, you have been away far too long, great to have you back with us! :D
by b.loree
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: General Site Information
Topic: Bogus Phishing On Our Site
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Bogus Phishing On Our Site

I just received a PM from a member who received a bogus email supposedly from Admin: Important message from the forum administration! https://bit Delete message Report private message Quote message Sent: Sat May 25, 2019 6:25 am From: Is8ihfhen Recipient: MG34NZ Hello. We are glad to inform you that...
by b.loree
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: A new home for my collection
Replies: 16
Views: 299

Re: A new home for my collection

Looks great! A very innovative use for shipping containers, well done 👍
by b.loree
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: A beautiful old dog just out of the woodwork
Replies: 4
Views: 105

Re: A beautiful old dog just out of the woodwork

Congratulations, I agree with Pete, just a light cleaning to remove anything that could possibly create problems in the future.
by b.loree
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: 1917
Replies: 4
Views: 152

Re: 1917

That looks very cool...one wonders why the sudden interest in WW1 by movie makers?? God knows WW2 has gotten the most attention.
by b.loree
Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Selling up
Replies: 11
Views: 215

Re: Selling up

Been there and did that 12 years ago. At one time, I had 53 hauben, I am down to 24 now. I had a complete mannequin to a named CEF WW1 48th Highlander everything from Bonnet right down to parade spats, kilts, red argyle socks, housewife and medals, purchased from a family member. A cuff ranked Capt ...
by b.loree
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Loss of a Forum member, my brother
Replies: 24
Views: 649

Re: Loss of a Forum member, my brother

James: Most times I have no problem expressing my thoughts but this loss of Paul is so shocking, so unimaginable, we were all together as usual, having fun at the SOS in February, now this and he is gone! Whenever I think of this I just shake my head in disbelief, life can be so cruel sometimes. Car...
by b.loree
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: This Aint No Popeye Tug Boat
Replies: 12
Views: 213

Re: This Aint No Popeye Tug Boat

Fantastic detail, very impressive! You are obviously a master modeller! :thumb up:
by b.loree
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Prussian crusher visor
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: Prussian crusher visor

New Old Stock, fantastic condition! :thumb up:
by b.loree
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: French general caps WW1
Replies: 10
Views: 188

Re: French general caps WW1

Wow!! Those are fantastic, I have only seen these in the WW1 black and white movies of Joffre, Petain etc. Congrats! :thumb up:
by b.loree
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Restoration?
Replies: 38
Views: 858

Re: Restoration?

Yes Mathew, like George, I make my own shellac from flakes and I dye it. I do not use store bought shellac. Years ago there was another collector in my area who tried to do refinishing using the commercial stuff and he made a real mess of a couple of helmets....it ran everywhere! Good idea about the...
by b.loree
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Restoration?
Replies: 38
Views: 858

Re: Restoration?

Some photos of where we are at now on this restoration: https://photos.smugmug.com/Before-Helmet-Restprations/i-4xVSjCH/0/2ca5f9d8/L/IMG_0629-L.jpg The rear visor has been straightened successfully. https://photos.smugmug.com/Before-Helmet-Restprations/i-CmWNB7n/0/5b5f8e80/L/IMG_0630-L.jpg This helm...
by b.loree
Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Toronto Militaria Show June 1, 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 402

Re: Toronto Militaria Show June 1, 2019

Yes, there was a brief trade war between ourselves and Uncle Sam, fortunately cooler heads prevailed and we are back to normal now. Yes we will have some Wisconsin cheese in our grocery coolers...big whoop! The state of Wisconsin produces more cheese than all of Canada combined.....MAGA.
by b.loree
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Mint, unworn Pickelhauben with Talcum Powder
Replies: 37
Views: 714

Re: Mint, unworn Pickelhauben with Talcum Powder

Hmmm......"Fatty Spue" a new phrase to add to my vocabulary! I wonder though, how I will be able to work that into "cocktail conversation" over a nice glass of Merlot or Cab Sauv?? :D Mike, your avatar reminds me to announce here that I am in need of an officer Garde Stern to complete a neusilber of...
by b.loree
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Mint, unworn Pickelhauben with Talcum Powder
Replies: 37
Views: 714

Re: Mint, unworn Pickelhauben with Talcum Powder

I would just like to add here that with lacquer/shellac, we are dealing with a natural product produced by an insect, the female Lac bug largely found in a special type of tree growing in India. Consequently, I tend to think that we are talking about some sort of chemical reaction, a clouding of the...
by b.loree
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Mint, unworn Pickelhauben with Talcum Powder
Replies: 37
Views: 714

Re: Mint, unworn Pickelhauben with Talcum Powder

Very interesting, I have learned something new. There are always surprises in this hobby. I suppose the talc was used to absorb humidity much like those small packets of crystals which we always find in new electronics, cameras etc. I have never encountered an as new helmet.
by b.loree
Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Mint, unworn Pickelhauben with Talcum Powder
Replies: 37
Views: 714

Re: Mint, unworn Pickelhauben with Talcum Powder

I have never heard that story before and I have been collecting hauben since the 1980’s. There are private purchase Officer helmets where the shell is made of lacquered felt and the visors stitched on. Any talc powder in my opinion might be some sort of chemical reaction after 100 years. At the same...