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by Peter_Suciu
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Op-Ed: Is It Always Wrong To Buy And Sell Nazi Memorabilia?
Replies: 2
Views: 27

Op-Ed: Is It Always Wrong To Buy And Sell Nazi Memorabilia?

Given the state of the world today I wrote this op-ed on the collecting of certain military items, but also questioned the context of how it is suddenly OK to play as the Germans in a video game if they are the "bad guys." This is for the political news website TheFederalist.com: Is It Always Wrong ...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Early French Indo-Chinese Salacco
Replies: 3
Views: 42

Re: Early French Indo-Chinese Salacco

Their hair is grown out and tied up then the salacco (conical hat) is worn over and tied to the head with a scarf - typically red scarf. This could explain why the hats evolved into the sloped version that could be more easily worn.
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Early French Indo-Chinese Salacco
Replies: 3
Views: 42

Early French Indo-Chinese Salacco

Here is my recent "find" from the French auction. This is the earliest pattern Salacco, which was worn by colonial soldiers from French Indo-China.
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by Peter_Suciu
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Aussie Digger Hat and WW1 Tea Tin
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: Aussie Digger Hat and WW1 Tea Tin

Very cool hats and little changed in the past 100 years. Like everything these travel around the world - either a soldier sold these or these were surplus items. The sad truth is that like Canada the future of "surplus" is a thing of the past. Very little current Canadian militaria is being offered ...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: 100 Years Ago Today - Kaiser Wilhelmet II abdicated
Replies: 0
Views: 34

100 Years Ago Today - Kaiser Wilhelmet II abdicated

All aboard for neutral Holland! http://www.centenarynews.com/article/kaiser-wilhelm-loses-throne---9-november-1918 Germany’s Emperor, Wilhelm II, was forced to quit two days before the end of the First World War, his abdication unilaterally announced by Chancellor Max von Baden. Wrangling over the K...
by Peter_Suciu
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Website
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: Website

Well, that was good for a laugh this morning. A British lancer helmet is included, and if you look at the other sections it gets worse! Yes, it gets WAY worse. The site calls all Japanese WWII swords, "samurai swords" - something they aren't and never were! A summer cork helmet is described as being...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2019 Update
Replies: 12
Views: 227

Re: SOS 2019 Update

Does anyone know what the economic impact of SOS is for Louisville? Ultimately money will make the decision for them. The economic impact of SOS for Louisville is minimal at best. The show maybe draws 3,000 people, which pales to most other shows. The hotels around the Kentucky Expo Center do sell ...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2019 Update
Replies: 12
Views: 227

Re: SOS 2019 Update

in a Nutshell people protesting Third Reich items etc. There was a big Gun Show at the venue a week or so ago, and some dealers had some Nazi stuff and KKK on their tables, and somebody posted pictures on social media and it went from there.. Now famous athletes etc. protesting It was a reporter fr...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2019 Update
Replies: 12
Views: 227

SOS 2019 Update

I don't want to spread any rumors, misinformation or say anything I shouldn't. However, the future of SOS in Louisville is unclear at this moment. I'm rather upset as I have non-refundable hotel rooms. At last week's OVMS Show in Wilmington, Ohio Bill Combs (business manager for OVMS) said there wil...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Gus and Maggie visit
Replies: 15
Views: 314

Re: Gus and Maggie visit

Looks like a fine visit!
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Untouched Model 1891 Württemberg
Replies: 13
Views: 430

Re: Untouched Model 1891 Württemberg

Tony, you always find the greatest gems! Top notch indeed.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: Happy Sgt York Day
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Happy Sgt York Day

It was 100 years ago today that Corporal Alvin York captured "the whole damn German Army!" Also, it was on this day that the Lost Battalion were relieved after six days cut from American lines.
by Peter_Suciu
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Lewis Gun
Replies: 7
Views: 220

Re: Lewis Gun

Very cool photos. I wonder how many of those young men made it back to Canada 100 years ago?
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: A sad M 1860
Replies: 37
Views: 6868

Re: A sad M 1860

That is a fantastic restoration! It is great to see it come together.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Lewis Gun
Replies: 7
Views: 220

Re: Lewis Gun

pickelhauben wrote:
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:29 am
That is something that I would like to have as well.

Good going !
I have two! Send me a PM if you're interested.
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Lewis Gun
Replies: 7
Views: 220

Lewis Gun

Well, a live Lewis Gun at $30,000 is just a bit out of my budget and even the ones with a dummy receiver can be $10,000. So I opted to import a couple from a company in the UK that makes movie props. The results are good but obviously not perfect. I'm starting to do work on these to improve them. Fi...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: USMC Dress Helmet
Replies: 10
Views: 261

Re: USMC Dress Helmet

Rank has privilege, hence a better EGA.
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Max show
Replies: 4
Views: 380

Re: Max show

I was at the MAX Show. I posted some photos on my Plunderer Pete's Facebook page. I can try to post some photos later. It was a little slow this year, but I had a good time as always. I wouldn't want to see the show moved as that would break SOS in two. Honestly I'm beginning to wonder if we really ...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: German South West Africa Colonial Slouch Hat
Replies: 6
Views: 255

Re: German South West Africa Colonial Slouch Hat

The color is a dark blue/gray, which seems correct for South West Africa. I think it just faded after 100 years, which isn't really surprising. In person you can see the blue/gray but it gets washed out in the photos.
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: USMC Dress Helmet
Replies: 10
Views: 261

Re: USMC Dress Helmet

aicusv wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:22 pm
Another good fine. I may have posted this before, but here is my enlisted man's,
Nice example as well.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: German South West Africa Colonial Slouch Hat
Replies: 6
Views: 255

German South West Africa Colonial Slouch Hat

Here is my other big purchase from the MAX Show. As with the other recent purchases this is something I've long wanted but never bought one. I've seen a few over the years that I think are really veterans group hats, but I believe this is an absolute real deal. It has a side vent with holes in the c...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: American Pickelhaube
Replies: 12
Views: 386

American Pickelhaube

Joe knows a LOT more about these than I do, but now is a great time for me to learn. I picked this up on Friday at the MAX Show. The price was absolutely right and I'm blown away to even have this helmet. It came with the original storage tin too. Any information on this helmet would be appreciated....
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: USMC Dress Helmet
Replies: 10
Views: 261

USMC Dress Helmet

Well, I missed one of these at the Baltimore Antique Arms Show this spring, but a week ago at the Michigan Antique Arms Show a regular dealer offered this to me. I couldn't pass it up. He has collected USMC items of the 19th and early 20th century for years. The chinstrap might be a later replacemen...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upcoming Book: A Gallery of Military Headdress
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Re: Upcoming Book: A Guide to Military Headdress

Here are some of the articles this book will include. We have five more articles pending at this time that we hope to include.
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by Peter_Suciu
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upcoming Book: A Gallery of Military Headdress
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Upcoming Book: A Gallery of Military Headdress

I'm pleased to announce a new project that my colleague Stuart Bates and I have undertaken. We're compiling a short publication that will be around 120 pages that will feature numerous articles on the history of military headdress through the ages. Instead of a reference style book we're taking an a...
by Peter_Suciu
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Items For Sale
Topic: Cold War Helmets from Bob Clawson Collection
Replies: 1
Views: 159

Re: Cold War Helmets from Bob Clawson Collection

Prices: Dutch Cap $10 Hungarian Cap $30 Chinese Paratrooper Helmet $80 Saudi Tanker Helmet $60 Swiss Army Dispatch Rider Helmet $50 Israeli Helmet $50 Czech M53 with dark M31 style liner $15 Czech Para Helmet $40 Polish Military Police $50 Polish Soviet Army Reissue $20 Polish Wz67 $25 Bulgarian Hel...
by Peter_Suciu
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Items For Sale
Topic: Cold War Helmets from Bob Clawson Collection
Replies: 1
Views: 159

Cold War Helmets from Bob Clawson Collection

I'm selling a number of helmets from the collection of Dr. Robert Clawson. These are the last of his helmets and I'm trying to make these affordable. Here is your chance to add some cool Cold War era helmets to the collection. Better photos upon request. HelmetCache (1).jpg HelmetCache (2).jpg Helme...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: 100 Years Ago Today - Czar Nicholas and Family Murdered
Replies: 12
Views: 528

Re: 100 Years Ago Today - Czar Nicholas and Family Murdered

As I often say, "politics and religion aren't something to discuss amongst friends -- really because you are all wrong!"
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: 100 Years Ago Today - Czar Nicholas and Family Murdered
Replies: 12
Views: 528

Re: 100 Years Ago Today - Czar Nicholas and Family Murdered

Well, I see my FYI on the 100th anniversary of a notable event has spiraled into something else!
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Trip to Idaho Cancelled
Replies: 19
Views: 676

Re: Trip to Idaho Cancelled

Heal up. You only have seven months until SOS!
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Posting Photographs
Topic: Photobucket Images Back!
Replies: 7
Views: 680

Photobucket Images Back!

I missed this back in May, but Photobucket has restored its images on many servers!

https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news ... lions.html
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: 100 Years Ago Today - Czar Nicholas and Family Murdered
Replies: 12
Views: 528

Re: 100 Years Ago Today - Czar Nicholas and Family Murdered

A really sad story ... especially because the english crown has planned a secrect escape of the tsar and his family. I think IF King George V and the government in London knew that the Czar would be killed they might have accepted them into exile. In 1917 with Ireland still in turmoil following the...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: WWI
Topic: 100 Years Ago Today - Czar Nicholas and Family Murdered
Replies: 12
Views: 528

100 Years Ago Today - Czar Nicholas and Family Murdered

In Yekaterinburg, Russia, Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks on July 16, 1918, bringing an end to the three-century-old Romanov dynasty. Crowned in 1896, Nicholas was neither trained nor inclined to rule, which did not help the autocracy he sought to preserve among a peo...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Rarest of All Pickelhaubes
Replies: 48
Views: 1789

Re: Rarest of All Pickelhaubes

Peter- lovely cork helmet, and very interesting article! Do you have one of the Ludwig Bordfeldt-made Chilean pith helmets in your collection? The Madagascar helmet is unfortunately not mine however. It is the only known one to exist and is in the Musee d'Armee in Paris. I do not have that style Ch...
by Peter_Suciu
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: My Wife's Grandfather - What Unit
Replies: 5
Views: 305

My Wife's Grandfather - What Unit

Here is a photo of my wife's grandfather. His name was Ernest Levy I believe. Would this be the 152nd (1st Alsasian) Infantry "Teutonic Order"? Would this be Prussian Army?
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by Peter_Suciu
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Rarest of All Pickelhaubes
Replies: 48
Views: 1789

Re: Rarest of All Pickelhaubes

Here is the Hawaiian Pickelhaube of which I was speaking, although the one above is of great interest to me as well. Was the Madagascar spiked helmet in the German style, or of German manufacture? These are really the only ones that interest me. No, the Madagascar helmet would not have been of Germ...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Rarest of All Pickelhaubes
Replies: 48
Views: 1789

Re: Rarest of All Pickelhaubes

Here is a photo of the Hawaiian HelmetRoyalGuard3.jpg Yes, that is the one. These are American helmets - I'm not sure who makes the current ones but the old ones were apparently surplus American Model 1887 helmets with a badge added. I did try to reach out to the Honor Guard, which is part of the s...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Rarest of All Pickelhaubes
Replies: 48
Views: 1789

Re: Rarest of All Pickelhaubes

A Hawaiian Pickelhaube! There is also the discussion of rarest vs. what one wants. I still want a USMC dress spike helmet and I'm kicking myself for not jumping on the one that was for sale at the Baltimore Show in March. That is an uncommon helmet but not especially rare. You mean like this? marin...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Worst "Militaria" Expert Ever
Replies: 9
Views: 536

Worst "Militaria" Expert Ever

Ok, anyone in need of a laugh:
http://www.timesonline.com/news/2018062 ... llectibles

Value This With Dr. Lori offers a look into military collectibles.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1670

Re: SOS 2019

We're already booked at the Super 8. Not a great hotel, but the price is right. I'd suggest booking early as there is the Gun Show and other events again the same weekend. The prices are likely to go really high again.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Rarest of All Pickelhaubes
Replies: 48
Views: 1789

Re: Rarest of All Pickelhaubes

A Hawaiian Pickelhaube! I don't know if you are serious or not, but the Hawaiian militia did wear a sun helmet with a spike! I've been trying to obtain one for years! There is also the discussion of rarest vs. what one wants. I still want a USMC dress spike helmet and I'm kicking myself for not jum...
by Peter_Suciu
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: WWI
Topic: The German Failure in Belgium, August 1914
Replies: 14
Views: 707

Re: The German Failure in Belgium, August 1914

WOW! I didn't realize that was your co-author. I guess he picks up the tab the next time you go to dinner!
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: WWI
Topic: The German Failure in Belgium, August 1914
Replies: 14
Views: 707

Re: The German Failure in Belgium, August 1914

Joe, one point I've longed wondered is what would have had happened had the Germans invaded sooner than August? Much has been made that the British government may not have agreed to go to war had Germany not invaded Belgium. If France had instead the British may have remained neutral - they wouldn't...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Steel Combat Helmets 1916- 1918
Topic: 1916 Square Dip
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: 1916 Square Dip

Maybe more than one photo would have helped too. I would add that the simple point that you asked for value may also be why you didn't get a response. Many members on this forum have spent years researching, studying and trying to learn about these objects. These members have a passion not only abou...
by Peter_Suciu
Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Steel Combat Helmets 1916- 1918
Topic: Canadians Are Issued Their Brodies
Replies: 11
Views: 546

Re: Canadians Are Issued Their Brodies

I always thought these corrugated helmets were Portuguese and had no clue they had been issued to and BEF or CEF troops. I also believed that the Brodie was based on a Medieval design. A design worn by archers and foot soldiers. These were designed by the British - but were generally rejected in fa...
by Peter_Suciu
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Steel Combat Helmets 1916- 1918
Topic: Canadians Are Issued Their Brodies
Replies: 11
Views: 546

Re: Canadians Are Issued Their Brodies

If it was that early I would say it was the corrugated helmets. I don't know if these were actually "miner's" helmets however. From what I have read these were made in Birmingham as private purchase helmets at first, but then issued for field tests. It sounds like the firm that made miner's helmets ...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue May 29, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Steel Combat Helmets 1916- 1918
Topic: Canadians Are Issued Their Brodies
Replies: 11
Views: 546

Re: Canadians Are Issued Their Brodies

Was he issued a Brodie or a MkI? Private Fraser would have had no way of knowing!
by Peter_Suciu
Sat May 19, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: British Royal Gibraltar Regiment Helmets
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: British Royal Gibraltar Regiment Helmets

Now at first glance the helmet plates - notably the one on the left - could almost pass for Victorian Queen's Crown other ranks helmet plates. However, there was no Royal Gibraltar Regiment and the unit actually only dates back to 1958! These helmets were produced more recently for ceremonial duties...
by Peter_Suciu
Sat May 19, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: British Royal Gibraltar Regiment Helmets
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: British Royal Gibraltar Regiment Helmets

The helmet plate to both:
by Peter_Suciu
Sat May 19, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: British Royal Gibraltar Regiment Helmets
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: British Royal Gibraltar Regiment Helmets

Here is the second one.