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by Peter_Suciu
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 41

Re: SOS 2019

The van is packed and I'm heading out Tuesday as well. I'll be setting up on Wednesday. Once again I'm looking forward to a great show!

Safe travels to everyone headed to the show.
by Peter_Suciu
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: German South West Africa Colonial Slouch Hat
Replies: 10
Views: 484

Re: German South West Africa Colonial Slouch Hat

A couple of years ago I visited the old German fort in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Formerly this was the capital of Deutsch Ost Africa. In the museum was the tunic and hat of Wilhelm Buch, of the Schutztruppe. This man was very well respected in Tanzania, and he donated his uniform to the museum in 1975. T...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: WWI
Topic: German-used British Tanks in Photos
Replies: 2
Views: 61

German-used British Tanks in Photos

Great article on newly discovered photos of captured British tanks put in service by the Germans: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6677783/British-tanks-charge-lines-newly-unearthed-photos.html A newly unearthed photograph from shows one of the earliest British tanks charging at its own line...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: North American weather
Replies: 28
Views: 299

Re: North American weather

Most of the news people have only been reporting for the past 5 to 10 years and do not remember that this type of weather happens about every 20 years. They always report the wind chill which makes it sound even worse. Wind chill only is a problem to exposed skin and does not really make it that ba...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2019 Update
Replies: 26
Views: 865

Re: SOS 2019 Update

Looks like the "hot streak" at SOS may be over this year. The last two years we had a very mild weather, but this year could be rainy and a bit cooler but at this point doesn't look like snow or extreme cold. I'll take 40s and rain over 20s and snow! I'm sure I won't be the only one in shorts in the...
by Peter_Suciu
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: North American weather
Replies: 28
Views: 299

Re: North American weather

Those of you in Europe need to be aware that the American news outlets are always reporting in a way to make the weather look much worse than it really is. Fake news has been around for a long time. -33F is about the same as -37C, it is cold, but not uncommon. Most of the news people have only been...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: North American weather
Replies: 28
Views: 299

Re: North American weather

It has been cold, but the snow storm earlier in the week worried me more. I was in Las Vegas for work last week and my wife, my father and I opted to drive home from Denver, Colorado to Michigan on Sunday/Monday straight through. That was 22 hours but we got home just hours before the snow came in! ...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: North American weather
Replies: 28
Views: 299

Re: North American weather

It has been cold, but the snow storm earlier in the week worried me more. I was in Las Vegas for work last week and my wife, my father and I opted to drive home from Denver, Colorado to Michigan on Sunday/Monday straight through. That was 22 hours but we got home just hours before the snow came in! ...
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2019 Update
Replies: 26
Views: 865

Re: SOS 2019 Update

A positive story on Show Of Shows in the Milwaukee hometown newspaper:
https://www.jsonline.com/story/travel/w ... 712144002/
by Peter_Suciu
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: brodie helmet construction video
Replies: 6
Views: 77

Re: brodie helmet construction video

Many years after this film was shot, I had an office no far from the location shown. The paint oven was still there, but a scapulas bailer had been installed where the liners were assembled. The stamping dies for the helmets still sat on s rack outside my office. While I was employed there I was di...
by Peter_Suciu
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: brodie helmet construction video
Replies: 6
Views: 77

Re: brodie helmet construction video

Interesting videos, but these are NOT Brodie helmets. These are American M1917 helmets, which are based on the British MkI. The Brodie helmet and the MkI are not one in the same, even if collectors use the term Brodie for all British/American helmets from WWI. The Brodie was the first helmet and had...
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Unknown helmet
Replies: 6
Views: 115

Re: Unknown helmet

I agree it is a MkIII, which differed from the later MkIV as noted by the rivet placement for the chinstrap. It is higher on the MkIII and this pattern has a liner that can't be as easily removed. This was changed with the MkIV, which allowed the liner to be removed and kept the helmet "watertight" ...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Some British helmets
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: Some British helmets

Nice Home Service Helmets. I do like these a lot.
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: U.S. Pickelhaube
Replies: 9
Views: 326

Re: U.S. Pickelhaube

Tony without Kaiser wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:30 pm
Hopefully in the USA. That helmet should never leave the United States.
The helmet went to the best possible collection honestly. I know the new owner will love and enjoy more than I possibly ever could.
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: U.S. Pickelhaube
Replies: 9
Views: 326

Re: U.S. Pickelhaube

SOLD
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: U.S. Pickelhaube
Replies: 9
Views: 326

Re: U.S. Pickelhaube

Helmet is on hold pending payment.
by Peter_Suciu
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: U.S. Pickelhaube
Replies: 9
Views: 326

Re: U.S. Pickelhaube

aicusv wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:23 pm
Were you ever able to identify what unit this helmet was from?
No I haven't. Joe was able to determine a little bit. I believe it would have been a unit from Wisconsin or Illinois, and used in the 1890s to circa 1910. I believe only a couple dozen or so of these were even produced.
by Peter_Suciu
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: U.S. Pickelhaube
Replies: 9
Views: 326

U.S. Pickelhaube

As much as I was pleased to acquire this beauty earlier this year something else I want more is being offered to me, and I've decided to part with this very rare helmet. It is among the nicest I've seen and it includes the original transit tin. More photos available upon request. Sorry, but I'm not ...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Kaiser's Bunker Farewell to Fredericton
Replies: 21
Views: 685

Re: Kaiser's Bunker Farewell to Fredericton

Good luck with the packing. I know the UNpacking will be the fun part!
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: 147

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: 5
Views: 221

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: 5
Views: 221

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: 7
Views: 293

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: 77

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: 150

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: 26
Views: 865

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: 26
Views: 865

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: 26
Views: 865

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: 452

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: 611

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: 162

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: 13
Views: 534

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: 7499

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: 13
Views: 534

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: 13
Views: 534

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: 433

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: 475

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: 10
Views: 484

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: 433

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: 10
Views: 484

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: 676

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: 433

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: 309

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: 309

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: 206

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: 206

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: 669

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: 669

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: 864

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: 926

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