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by ottodog8
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Kürassier Helmet ersatz
Replies: 49
Views: 4567

Re: Kürassier Helmet ersatz

Didn’t we have a thread about a felt Cuirassier helmet a few years ago?

Steve
by ottodog8
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: German Army Bands
Replies: 16
Views: 1589

Re: German Army Bands

Did bandsmen even carry weapons? I don't think so. Again, from memory, each company had a few drummers and buglers, these were regular soldiers. They would have worn the troddel of the company they were part of.

Steve
by ottodog8
Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: German Army Bands
Replies: 16
Views: 1589

Re: German Army Bands

Working from memory here, but I think band members were hired by contract and not technically soldiers. Buglers and drummers were soldiers however.

Steve
by ottodog8
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Salty M15 Baden JR 111
Replies: 12
Views: 1150

Re: Salty M15 Baden JR 111

Over the years I’ve seen a fair amount of material from the 111th, the doughboys must have overrun them. I have a German gas mask I picked up at a yard sale named and unit marked to the 111th on one of the straps.

Steve
by ottodog8
Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Holster markings
Replies: 4
Views: 666

Re: Holster markings

Are the markings faint or obscured? The regimental marking makes no sense as written. It may actually say 3FsAR which would be the 3rd Foot Artillery Regiment. There also may have been an A in front of the WM, reading AWM which is a Bavarian maker.

Steve
by ottodog8
Mon May 25, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Mitre Parade Helmets
Topic: Mitres KAGGR#1 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 1707

Re: Mitres KAGGR#1 2020

Love the mitres! Beautiful!

Steve
by ottodog8
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Good news, bad news
Replies: 7
Views: 1249

Re: Good news, bad news

Wow! Even in my fascist state they kept the liquor stores open. They even deliver. They did close the gun stores though. They also stopped processing firearms permits, and if yours happens to expire, you’re SOL.

Steve
by ottodog8
Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Kaiserliche Marine
Topic: SMS Konigsberg
Replies: 4
Views: 1107

Re: SMS Konigsberg

Very nice. I‘ve always had a soft spot for relics from ships. Neat to hold a piece with known history in your hands. At one time I had an extensive collection of relics from the USS Maine.

Steve
by ottodog8
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 14728

Re: SOS 2020

It’s been quite a while since I’ve bought a helmet. Between Amy and Steve’s hauls and Peter’s MG08, I’m starting to feel like a slacker.

Steve
by ottodog8
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: My new MG08
Replies: 18
Views: 4124

Re: My new MG08

No shooting, I’m crushed. And only slightly less jealous.

Steve
by ottodog8
Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: My new MG08
Replies: 18
Views: 4124

Re: My new MG08

Beautiful! Do you plan to shoot it?
by ottodog8
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: a bit of my collection, pickelhaube, soldiers and more
Replies: 43
Views: 7719

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

Wow! Pickelhauben, raupenhelme, miters, beskozirka, military miniatures and castles! Mirrors my own interests, and much of my own collection. I wonder if we're related?

Steve
by ottodog8
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Überrocking in the New Year #1: Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regt. Nr.1
Replies: 8
Views: 2251

Re: Überrocking in the New Year #1: Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regt. Nr.1

Beautiful set Tony. Only one problem: now you need an officer’s mitre. Of course knowing you, there’s probably one on the way.

Steve
by ottodog8
Wed Dec 25, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Very fine Prussian uhlan helmet M15
Replies: 23
Views: 4353

Re: Very fine Prussian uhlan helmet M15

I believe 90% or more of the M15s in existence were Bond helmets, especially those that are in excellent condition. The hay could also be excelsior, either of which could have been used in packing at some point in the helmet’s existence. Steve [quote=Francobritishcollect post_id=94215 time=157728291...
by ottodog8
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: Garde Grey Shako , Reserve, Bav and Garde EM Brass ALL SOLD
Replies: 26
Views: 4618

Re: Garde Grey Shako , Reserve, Bav and Garde EM Brass For Sale

This is exactly why I tell folks to not buy on eBay unless they know exactly what they are doing. And we know most why buy there do not know what they are doing. "I am not trying to hide anything the pictures tell all." That is a despicable statement! If you know something is wrong with an item, an...
by ottodog8
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Steel Combat Helmets 1916- 1918
Topic: M16 four colours camo
Replies: 8
Views: 4141

Re: M16 four colours camo

I will say one can never be 100% certain from even the best photographs, the helmet must be inspected in hand. The fakes today are very well done. I picked up my first camo in 1965 and have owned and looked at a fair number since then. I have pulled them out of attics, basements and barns in every l...
by ottodog8
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Steel Combat Helmets 1916- 1918
Topic: M16 four colours camo
Replies: 8
Views: 4141

Re: M16 four colours camo

I'm not seeing what you're seeing Amy. Looks OK to me. The paints used were generally gloss, and had a flattening agent (probably talc or something like it) added. The mixing was not always consistent, especially noticeable in the black lines, appearing as streaks of flat or gloss. It also thickened...
by ottodog8
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: BRASS ARTILLERY HELMET
Replies: 8
Views: 1385

Re: BRASS ARTILLERY HELMET

I know the dealer, BS are appropriate initials. He does get some nice things, and has a good reputation among inexperienced collectors. As far as I’m concerned, used car salesmen are more reputable. He is a smooth operator, not to be trusted.

Steve
by ottodog8
Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Selling up
Replies: 11
Views: 2413

Re: Selling up

Sorry to hear this. Remember though, that the world does turn, this will pass, you will come out the other side and be OK.

Steve
by ottodog8
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Camouflaged M17
Replies: 32
Views: 3848

Re: Camouflaged M17

Thanks Ed. I think Ludendorff might have been a bit surprised to see the diversity of colours and patterns apparent in the helmets above, given his directive. Availability of materials obviously played a part, as already mentioned, but I wonder how much individual creativity was allowed/tolerated. ...
by ottodog8
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Camouflaged M17
Replies: 32
Views: 3848

Re: Camouflaged M17

I don’t get too hung up on the colors. They used what they could get. I believe paints were glossy in those days, so they flattened it when they painted the helmets. The gloss of the paint was determined by how much flattening agent they mixed into the paint, I believe they used talc or something li...
by ottodog8
Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Kugelhelme/Artillerie
Topic: M15 Garde Field Artillery
Replies: 19
Views: 4500

Re: M15 Garde Field Artillery

I’m jealous. Very jealous.

Steve
by ottodog8
Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Rental comparison
Replies: 11
Views: 3714

Re: Rental comparison

Joe, The Sharps was not a repeater, but a single shot breechloader. Perhaps you are thinking of the Spencer, which was a repeater with the magazine being a tube loaded through the buttstock. I've fired the Sharps but not the Spencer. Both the Sharps and Spencer are essentially lever actions. I own a...
by ottodog8
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Collector Stories
Topic: Price List 1974
Replies: 6
Views: 2371

Re: Price List 1974

I find these prices quite high for the time. Of course in the pre internet days helmets were a lot harder to find, but even allowing for that this is a very expensive price list. $300 for an M15 tschako? I bought an identical one in 2000 for $350. When I started working in the trades in 1974 a good ...
by ottodog8
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Steel Combat Helmets 1916- 1918
Topic: Garde M16 Helmet Surprise
Replies: 7
Views: 3111

Re: Garde M16 Helmet Surprise

Steve, I’m with you, I think only the one regiment wore them. Most of the ones I’ve seen have the company number on them. Also, if they were worn by an entire division, I would think they would be more common than they are. In my 50 years of collecting I have pulled many, many M16s out of attics, ba...
by ottodog8
Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Collector Stories
Topic: A Different Perspective
Replies: 4
Views: 2044

Re: A Different Perspective

I do love my helmets, but to me they are accessories for the Gewehrs, Lugers, and Broomhandles.

Steve
by ottodog8
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Collector Stories
Topic: The Hartmann Collection
Replies: 29
Views: 6329

Re: The Hartmann Collection

Steve, I have some of the old Soldier Shop catalogs but never managed to make it to the store. I lived out on Long Island in those days. Used to take day trips into the city once in a while and roam around. Saw the biggest rat I’ve ever seen lying dead in the gutter in the garment district. Got ejec...
by ottodog8
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Collector Stories
Topic: The Hartmann Collection
Replies: 29
Views: 6329

Re: The Hartmann Collection

The pics of the Foster collection, a few helmets at a time displayed with the steins also had a huge impact on me. I’ve arrived at the conclusion that less is more. I was in a shop called Globe Militaria in New York City, must have been around 1970. They mostly did mail order and ran their business ...
by ottodog8
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Collector Stories
Topic: The Hartmann Collection
Replies: 29
Views: 6329

Re: The Hartmann Collection

Great to see these. I always enjoyed the beautiful photographs in the Rankin book, in fact I still do. When that book came out in 1965 it was the only game in town, at least in English. A tip of the hat to Walter Hartmann, Colonel Rankin, and Norm Flayderman.

Steve
by ottodog8
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: A question to Joe
Replies: 4
Views: 1094

Re: A question to Joe

I believe the tag indicates a duty assignment to the Recruit Depot, as what we would call cadre or permanent party.

Steve
by ottodog8
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Chauchat
Replies: 13
Views: 3188

Re: Chauchat

Very nice piece, I’m envious. Do you plan to shoot it?

Steve
by ottodog8
Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: film ''look whos back'' Adolph Hitler
Replies: 4
Views: 1695

Re: film ''look whos back'' Adolph Hitler

Great movie! I think it’s the best film portrayal of Hitler ever done. A very dark comedy.

Steve
by ottodog8
Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: At last! EM M95 Garde helmet.
Replies: 19
Views: 2584

Re: At last! EM M95 Garde helmet.

Beautiful untouched piece.
Steve
by ottodog8
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: my small collection
Replies: 13
Views: 1743

Re: my small collection

Raupenhelme, mitres, and small armies. Outstanding!

Steve
by ottodog8
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Raupenhelm
Replies: 14
Views: 4618

Re: Raupenhelm

WOW! Outstanding work!

Steve
by ottodog8
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Minneapolis show
Replies: 17
Views: 4991

Re: Minneapolis show

First it was Confederate battle flags, now it's the Hakenkreuz. What's next? True. We are descending to mob rule. Having said that, I have no sympathy for those who glorify the Nazis. I grew up surrounded by veterans, and they all had stuff they brought back. I always thought of it as a more civili...
by ottodog8
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Just picked up these 2 Pour Le Merite pictures need help
Replies: 4
Views: 2347

Re: Just picked up these 2 Pour Le Merite pictures need help

Second is Werner Voss, a very famous ace,
by ottodog8
Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Current Price - MG08/15
Replies: 5
Views: 3108

Re: Current Price - MG08/15

7-12k depending on originality, condition, matching numbers, accessories, bipod, etc.. Lots of variables.

Steve
by ottodog8
Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Colonel Hogan's Right! A Preußen Kürassier Officer
Replies: 33
Views: 8046

Re: Colonel Hogan's Right! A Preußen Kürassier Officer

Tony, an Officer's helmet for you? O tempora o mores!

Steve
by ottodog8
Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Cockades for your opinion
Replies: 7
Views: 2862

Re: Cockades for your opinion

Norm Flayderman had the dies made up in the late sixties early seventies. He had acquired a cache of Prussian M95s that were missing the cockades. I'm guessing he also had dies made for the chinstrap fittings as well, but am only sure of the cockades. I knew a dealer in New Hampshire in the eighties...
by ottodog8
Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Amoskeag and Julia Auctions
Replies: 5
Views: 3380

Re: Amoskeag and Julia Auctions

Didn't look too closely at the Julia auctions just noticed some were described as restorations. The Amoskeag auction is more interesting to me because I will be there. Here are some thoughts: #302 Prussian M1889 Uhlan Officer's Tshcapka.... with a M1915 shell? #304 Prussian enlisted man's 6th Line H...
by ottodog8
Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Amoskeag and Julia Auctions
Replies: 5
Views: 3380

Amoskeag and Julia Auctions

I hope everyone has seen the upcoming Amoskeag and Julia auctions. Julia has the Douglas Buhler collection and Amoskeag has Craig Brown's collection. Some very interesting helmets. Craig was more of a weapons guy as am I, but he had some decent helmets. In both auctions, there are helmets I would ha...
by ottodog8
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2017 B Loree #2
Replies: 34
Views: 9754

Re: SOS 2017 B Loree #2

Leone wrote:Grenadier on the right looks at fake!
Wondered that myself. The shape of the shell and spike says "India" to me.
by ottodog8
Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: My collection
Replies: 14
Views: 4192

Re: My collection

I think I warned you about this when you announced your third child was on the way. The same thing happened to me. Raising three children I had neither the time nor the resources, and my collecting activities went into hibernation for some years. I had to part with some very nice toys. But at the en...
by ottodog8
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Kugelhelme/Artillerie
Topic: Okay, I admit Defeat
Replies: 14
Views: 6187

Re: Okay, I admit Defeat

Maybe I'm missing something here, but why couldn't it be the 1. Unter-Elassisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 31 stationed at Hagenau?
by ottodog8
Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Prussian Enlisted Garde Grenadier
Replies: 24
Views: 6990

Re: Prussian Enlisted Garde Grenadier

The Kaiser Alexander miter has its own unique chinscales, not readily removable and not interchangeable with the pickelhaube. The First Foot Guard miter did utilize the same scales as the pickelhaube.

Steve
by ottodog8
Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:38 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Ross M-10 Mk III Rifle
Replies: 11
Views: 3215

Re: Ross M-10 Mk III Rifle

Good to see you back Chas. Nice Ross, the military models are scarce in presentable condition. I've always kept an eye out for one but they always seem to go for a little more than I want to pay. I do have an M-10 sporting Ross in .280, a very beautiful rifle. Maybe someday I'll work up the courage ...
by ottodog8
Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Holes in Pickelhaube Body
Replies: 16
Views: 5287

Re: Holes in Pickelhaube Body

I once owned a Bavarian M15 that had extra holes for the wappen very nicely plugged and refinished. I'm sure it was original, and the helmet was in unissued condition. Wish I still owned it.

Steve
by ottodog8
Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:00 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Lange Pistole 08 DWM 1917
Replies: 9
Views: 5592

Re: Lange Pistole 08 DWM 1917

Nice piece! Always nice to see weapons here. Have you fired it yet?

Steve