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by Maple Creek
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: The Hessen Family of Helmets and Their Characteristics
Replies: 78
Views: 42104

Re: The Hessen Family of Helmets and Their Characteristics

I thought it was good, but had never seen this type (Hessian infantry M15 w/round spike base). Thanks!
by Maple Creek
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: The Hessen Family of Helmets and Their Characteristics
Replies: 78
Views: 42104

Re: The Hessen Family of Helmets and Their Characteristics

I can't figure out how to post photos of the piece, but maybe that's not necessary to get my question answered.

-Mark
by Maple Creek
Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: The Hessen Family of Helmets and Their Characteristics
Replies: 78
Views: 42104

Re: The Hessen Family of Helmets and Their Characteristics

Is this configuration possibly correct - Hessian M15 infantry helmet with a round base? It is marked to the correct army group: BAR18 and wappen hole spacing seems correct for a Hessian helmet plate. The wappen is missing an attachment loop on the back and I know this can be evidence of monkeying, b...
by Maple Creek
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts Wanted
Topic: Baden EM Kokarde - trade for pickelhaube dodads
Replies: 0
Views: 749

Baden EM Kokarde - trade for pickelhaube dodads

I'm looking for a Baden EM Kokarde which I would happily buy for a reasonable price, or which I would be willing to trade for other pickelhaube doodads from my parts drawer (Prussian or Reich EM Kokarden, M15 brads, chinstraps, chinstrap hardware, M15 spike, etc)

Mark D.
by Maple Creek
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Steel Combat Helmets 1916- 1918
Topic: New Austrian Helmet
Replies: 6
Views: 616

Re: New Austrian Helmet

Nice piece. Part of the charm of the thing is that it appears to be not messed with. You won't be improving the value by adding a reproduction liner and/or chinstrap. There is also a high likelihood that the spit pins could break as has already been pointed out. I'd leave it as is.
Mark D.
by Maple Creek
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts Wanted
Topic: M17 -18 Helmet liner drawstring
Replies: 0
Views: 716

M17 -18 Helmet liner drawstring

Looking for an original helmet liner drawstring of the type found on M17/18 German steel helmets. These were white with a sort of herringbone pattern woven around a core. They are very similar to German WWII helmet drawstrings but are slightly thinner and sometimes a bit flat rather than perfectly r...
by Maple Creek
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts Wanted
Topic: Bavarian officer's kokarde - have parts to trade
Replies: 1
Views: 629

Bavarian officer's kokarde - have parts to trade

I'm looking for an Bavarian officer's pickelhaube kokarde. I'm happy to pay a reasonable price, but also have a few pickelhaube parts to trade (Prussian and Reich EM kokarden, chinstraps, split pins, and a few other doodads)

Mark D.
by Maple Creek
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Cameron Laughlin
Replies: 5
Views: 1592

Re: Cameron Laughlin

The collector community has lost a great craftsman/restorer - maybe the best. He worked on half a dozen projects for my father and me. The results were amazing. Some of you may recall the GdC restoration he did for me. He brought an IR 116 back from the dead with great skill. He was generous to me w...
by Maple Creek
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: MAX Show
Replies: 12
Views: 2547

Re: MAX Show

Sorry to miss you. I'll report back. It will be my first time going. The location works for me because I can drive there in a day. -Mark D. Sadly I am not, gave up on Max years ago, not of big fan of location and expensive to fly to from Midwest. Last couple times I went, very little Imperial. I hop...
by Maple Creek
Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: MAX Show
Replies: 12
Views: 2547

MAX Show

Yesterday I received confirmation from the Ohio Valley Military Society that I've got two tables at the MAX show. Is anybody else from pickelhaubes.com going?
Mark D.
by Maple Creek
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Finally complete
Replies: 29
Views: 3802

Re: Finally complete

James, Congratulations! Beautiful piece. It's nice the way the patina of the wappen matches the rest of the trim. I can really empathize with this particular project. I bought a wrecked IR 115 pickelhaube and then launched a parts search. The most difficult thing was the rear visor. I got lucky with...
by Maple Creek
Wed May 24, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: French 1st Empire Officer's Shako
Replies: 6
Views: 2372

Re: French 1st Empire Officer's Shako

The shako is no longer available here. I've sent it to Herman Historica where it will be auctioned in this fall.

Thanks for the flattering comments. This was a favorite piece of my father's. It was hard to send it away.

Mark D.
by Maple Creek
Wed May 24, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: A Visit to Military Antiques Toronto
Replies: 4
Views: 1812

Re: A Visit to Military Antiques Toronto

Brian, Thanks for posting these photos. Great place! I've noticed this dealer on eBay and have been watching some of his sales. It's cool to see the shop and the man behind the business. Militaria stores with a brick and mortar store front are a vanishing breed, no?
-Mark D.
by Maple Creek
Wed May 10, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: French 1st Empire Officer's Shako
Replies: 6
Views: 2372

Re: French 1st Empire Officer's Shako

Thanks! Even if nobody among the pickelhaubes crowd wants to buy it (not a pickelhaube after all), it's still a cool thing to look at, no? My father always wanted a Napoleonic piece for his collection and this was his last major purchase before he more or less retired from the hobby. It was the cent...
by Maple Creek
Mon May 08, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: French 1st Empire Officer's Shako
Replies: 6
Views: 2372

French 1st Empire Officer's Shako

This is an item from my father's collection. I'm planning on having Herman Historica auction it in their Fall 2017 auction. Before shipping the piece out, however, I thought I'd offer it here for below the estimated value. This makes sense because I can avoid paying auction fees if I sell directly. ...
by Maple Creek
Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Tschapkas
Topic: Drafter of the Serbian ultimatum Tschapka? ID Help Sought
Replies: 5
Views: 2922

Re: Drafter of the Serbian ultimatum Tschapka? ID Help Sough

Hi Glenn, Thanks very much for this information, even though it seems to conclusively disprove the Musulin connection. It's still a nice piece, no? :) Mark D. Mark, it is not an officers' tschapka, rather that of a private soldier. Tschapkas of both officers and NCOs were further distinguished by ra...
by Maple Creek
Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:40 am
Forum: Tschapkas
Topic: Drafter of the Serbian ultimatum Tschapka? ID Help Sought
Replies: 5
Views: 2922

Drafter of the Serbian ultimatum Tschapka? ID Help Sought

This helmet was given to my father and we think it may have belonged to Baron Alexander von Musulin. Musulin was the Austro-Hungarian diplomat who drafted the ultimatum to Serbia in 1914, so this would be an interesting connection to confirm. Unfortunately the written communications and oral history...
by Maple Creek
Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: Garde du Corps Officer's Helmet
Replies: 1
Views: 1802

Garde du Corps Officer's Helmet

http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/af204/maple_creek/GDC/GDC_Select_zpsda0n6uae.jpg I thought I'd offer this helmet to the pickelhaubes.com group before I make it available elsewhere. This is the same helmet that was the subject of this discussion thread a while back: http://www.pickelhaubes.com/b...
by Maple Creek
Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2017
Replies: 41
Views: 8738

Re: SOS 2017

I just got the news that I'll have two tables at the SOS! I'll have some pickelhaubes to peruse, so please stop by. I don't know my table location yet.

Best Regards,

Mark D.
by Maple Creek
Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2017
Replies: 41
Views: 8738

Re: SOS 2017

Keith and I did share a table last year and that was huge fun. Unfortunately, I was only a table helper, and apparently being a table helper doesn't give you any kind of seniority. Keith didn't apply for a table this year, so it's the end of the cue for me, or wherever the end of the cue was in mid-...
by Maple Creek
Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2017
Replies: 41
Views: 8738

Re: SOS 2017

I'm looking forward to going to the show myself. For boarding I'm doing something different - an AirBnB place in Germantown. I'm renting a car, which I haven't done before for the SoS. This will enable me to see sights in Louisville. I'm on the wait list for tables. If I get tables, then I'll bring ...
by Maple Creek
Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: What's a train battallion?
Replies: 7
Views: 2190

Re: What's a train battallion?

Hi John and Francis, Thank you. I had been wondering about this. Now I know! I gather the German train battalions would be equivalent to the French indendance units.
Mark D.
by Maple Creek
Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: What's a train battallion?
Replies: 7
Views: 2190

What's a train battallion?

What's a train battalion? I've been meaning to ask. Does they always involve choo-choo trains, or were these just units that brought materiel to troops by any means?

Mark D.
by Maple Creek
Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Stirnpanzer for Christmas
Replies: 27
Views: 4444

Re: Stirnpanzer for Christmas

Hi Gus, Great piece. I've thought of adding one of those to my collection, but haven't seen the right one at the right price. Unlike, your wife, my wife never buys me helmets! :( I recall when Maggie plucked the Portuguese M16 off a dealer shelf right in front of me. That's still the best Portuguese...
by Maple Creek
Tue Dec 27, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are pickelhaube prices collapsing?
Replies: 6
Views: 2040

Re: Are pickelhaube prices collapsing?

Hi Tony, Thanks for this advice. Could be that some of the lower priced items were put together pieces or otherwise flawed. It's hard to tell from a single photo of the item or from the description, which in any case I don't fully grasp not being fluent in German. I do think prices are down, though....
by Maple Creek
Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are pickelhaube prices collapsing?
Replies: 6
Views: 2040

Are pickelhaube prices collapsing?

I haven't been tracking value very closely, but today looked closely at the realized prices from Jan Kube's 24 September 2016 Special Auction. I was alarmed at the low hammer prices for some items. I did a little analysis comparing the estimated values for some items in our family collection and the...
by Maple Creek
Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: 2016 SOS Table Layout
Replies: 50
Views: 17135

Re: 2016 SOS Table Layout

At the 11th hour I managed to wrangle a pair of tables with a friend. We don't have any pickelhaubes this time around, but do have a few WWI steel helmets and uniforms in case anybody wants to take a looksee and talk shop. I'll look for folks at the LeBrasseur table. Mark D. The Lebrasseur bros Jame...
by Maple Creek
Sun Jan 24, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: 2016 SOS Table Layout
Replies: 50
Views: 17135

Re: 2016 SOS Table Layout

Does anybody have a table they might be willing to share? Anybody interested in having a table helper? I'm on the wait list for a table, but I think the prospects of actually securing a spot look slim at this stage. I'm committed to going to the show and will fly in Wednesday PM and fly out Saturday...
by Maple Creek
Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Baden DR M1871 Officer's - value?
Replies: 13
Views: 3857

Re: Baden DR M1871 Officer's - value?

Thanks. It's fun to have something like this that hasn't been in a real collection before. I decided to leave it as is and not attempt to polish it. I like the overall patina. In hand, I see that I was wrong about it being an 1871 model. More like an 1891 maybe. There is a very similar helmet on the...
by Maple Creek
Sat Jun 27, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Baden DR M1871 Officer's - value?
Replies: 13
Views: 3857

Re: Baden DR M1871 Officer's - value?

After a long wait the owner of the Baden dragoon helmet decided to accept my offer. Apparently nobody was willing to pay four times what it is worth - surprise, surprise! I'm really happy to have this one on my desk. It has an early style liner, so would date from before 1897 I gather. At some point...
by Maple Creek
Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Baden DR M1871 Officer's - value?
Replies: 13
Views: 3857

Re: Baden DR M1871 Officer's - value?

Hi Brian et al, I made a very reasonable offer, but the owner decided not to sell. It was an exciting thing to find, but it's value is not infinite! Oil patch folks are hurting on this side of the border as well. Yes, eBay keeps claiming a larger pound of flesh from their customers. I noticed the fe...
by Maple Creek
Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Baden DR M1871 Officer's - value?
Replies: 13
Views: 3857

Re: Baden DR M1871 Officer's - value?

Hi James and Allan, Thanks for this feedback/advice. As I said, I haven't been paying attention to the values of pickelhaubes and it was a bit of a shock to realize that prices have tumbled so much. The same thing is happening with steel helmets (my main interest), so I shouldn't have been surprised...
by Maple Creek
Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:37 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Baden DR M1871 Officer's - value?
Replies: 13
Views: 3857

Re: Baden DR M1871 Officer's - value?

I noodled around on the internet and found some comparables. Now I'm thinking this is a $2400 helmet. I haven't really been paying attention to prices, but it seems like values are down sharply. Due to the decline of the Euro I presume. I might have to let this one go. The seller thinks its worth a ...
by Maple Creek
Mon Apr 13, 2015 5:38 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: WWI German Guards Officer Helmet
Replies: 46
Views: 9731

Re: WWI German Guards Officer Helmet

The elongated spike base is the strangest element of this helmet. It looks like an original, 100 year part, no? My best guess is that it is original and original to the helmet given the provenance and the fact that the rest of the helmet appears correct, but I've never seen one like this. Does anybo...
by Maple Creek
Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Baden DR M1871 Officer's - value?
Replies: 13
Views: 3857

Baden DR M1871 Officer's - value?

Here's an amazing, out-of-the-woodwork thing that has been offered to me. It was brought home from Europe by the seller's father who was a WWII vet. Although the seller has little idea of what it is (offered as a "WWI officer's helmet), she has an inflated idea of what its worth. I'm trying to offer...
by Maple Creek
Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: More Adrians
Replies: 37
Views: 17832

Re: Greek Adrian

Does anybody know who posted these photos of this rare Greek M15 and how to get in touch with him?

Thanks,

Mark D.
makedon wrote:Hello!
here is a greek Adrian helmet fro my collection. One of the rarest adrians.
by Maple Creek
Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2015 countdown
Replies: 23
Views: 7345

Re: SOS 2015 countdown

James, I love the helmet room! I'm jealous that Gus and Maggie found their way to this inner sanctum. I'll have to dig my way in myself one of these days.

See you all soon.

Best Regards,

Mark D.
by Maple Creek
Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: see you soon at the SOS
Replies: 0
Views: 2160

see you soon at the SOS

see you all soon at the SOS!

Mark D.
by Maple Creek
Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:13 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: The Mexican Haubes
Replies: 73
Views: 15087

Re: The Mexican Haubes

John, Many thanks for posting the illustrations from Uniformes del Ejercito Mexicano - certainly a rare publication. This is a big help to collectors. It's great to finally get a positive ID on the Mexican cavalry officer's pickelhaube in my father's collection. For anybody wanting to take a deeper ...
by Maple Creek
Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: The Mexican Haubes
Replies: 73
Views: 15087

Re: The Mexican Haubes

Hi Henry and John, Thanks for your posts. I really enjoyed reading through this discussion thread. I was not aware that there was the 1906 Mexican uniform regulations were published and available. It would be wonderful to see additional pages relevant to pickelhaubes. My previous understanding was t...
by Maple Creek
Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Württemburg Dragoon Regiment Königin Olga OR Pickelhaube
Replies: 17
Views: 4013

Re: Württemburg Dragoon Regiment Königin Olga OR Pickelhaube

Thanks. That makes sense. So, this is most likely a DR25, even if made before 1905. Thanks Bruno. How could you detect if it were a pre-1905 piece? I would think being a private purchase thing might complicate dating. A great, rare helmet, Mark! Note that it may also be a pre-1905 DR26 helmet. Congr...
by Maple Creek
Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Tony Schnurr - contact?
Replies: 0
Views: 1992

Tony Schnurr - contact?

Anybody know how to reach Tony Schnurr? The email I had for him is not working. Send a PM if you can help.

Thanks!

Mark D.
by Maple Creek
Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Württemburg Dragoon Regiment Königin Olga OR Pickelhaube
Replies: 17
Views: 4013

Re: Württemburg Dragoon Regiment Königin Olga OR Pickelhaube

Thanks Joe. I hope to make it and maybe spend a little more time this year. Last year I was only able to be there for the set up. I've had a lot of fun at the SOS.
Mark D.
joerookery wrote:Nice private purchase! You going to SOS this year?
by Maple Creek
Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Württemburg Dragoon Regiment Königin Olga OR Pickelhaube
Replies: 17
Views: 4013

Re: Württemburg Dragoon Regiment Königin Olga OR Pickelhaube

Thanks Bruno. How could you detect if it were a pre-1905 piece? I would think being a private purchase thing might complicate dating.
911car wrote:A great, rare helmet, Mark!
Note that it may also be a pre-1905 DR26 helmet.
Congratulations, Bruno
by Maple Creek
Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:27 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Württemburg Dragoon Regiment Königin Olga OR Pickelhaube
Replies: 17
Views: 4013

Württemburg Dragoon Regiment Königin Olga OR Pickelhaube

This helmet came from a small, old collection from my native state of Oklahoma. It surfaced at an antiques mall. It’s a Württemburg Dragoon Regiment 25 other ranks helmet. This was one of two dragoon regiments in Württemburg. It was also known as the Queen Olga Regiment. The helmet is a private purc...
by Maple Creek
Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Items For Sale
Topic: French Model 1845 Dragoon Helmet
Replies: 0
Views: 2084

French Model 1845 Dragoon Helmet

This is a little out of my normal area of interest, but it was such an unusual relic to be offered, I couldn’t resist buying it. It’s a Model 1845 French dragoon helmet. The helmet was found in an antique store in Mexico City in 1989 and kept by the previous owner until recently. According to the or...
by Maple Creek
Wed May 07, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: French Dragoon from Mexico - need some help with this one
Replies: 2
Views: 2022

Re: French Dragoon from Mexico - need some help with this on

I've learned that it's a Model 1845 Dragoon helmet. I haven't figured out if French dragoons were sent to Mexico during the French Intervention period. Research on...
by Maple Creek
Mon May 05, 2014 10:18 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: French Dragoon from Mexico - need some help with this one
Replies: 2
Views: 2022

French Dragoon from Mexico - need some help with this one

This came in the mail today. The seller bought it in an antique store in Mexico City in 1989. It's supposed to be a relic from the Cinco de Mayo battle at Puebla. It's probably not that, but I thought there was at least a chance that it was something from the French Intervention period. Can anybody ...
by Maple Creek
Mon May 05, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Belgian M15 Adrian and a Belgian Shako
Replies: 8
Views: 3512

Re: Belgian M15 Adrian and a Belgian Shako

I really like the M15 - a good honest piece with a nice patina. It displays nicely with the shako. Congrats.

Cheers,

Mark D.
by Maple Creek
Mon May 05, 2014 9:54 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: WW2 American helmet help
Replies: 2
Views: 2160

Re: WW2 American helmet help

Not WWII - post war.