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by Peter_Suciu
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upcoming Book: A Gallery of Military Headdress
Replies: 3
Views: 127

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: 127

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: 113

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: 113

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: 439

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: 439

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: 504

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: 466

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: 439

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: 439

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: 1503

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: 230

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?
ErnestLeavyWWI.jpg
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Rarest of All Pickelhaubes
Replies: 48
Views: 1503

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: 1503

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: 1503

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: 429

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: 1515

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: 1503

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: 497

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: 497

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: 350

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: 447

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: 447

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: 447

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: 244

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: 244

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: 244

Re: British Royal Gibraltar Regiment Helmets

Here is the second one.
by Peter_Suciu
Sat May 19, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: British Royal Gibraltar Regiment Helmets
Replies: 8
Views: 244

British Royal Gibraltar Regiment Helmets

I recently picked up a pair of Foreign Service Helmets to the Royal Gibraltar Regiment. Here is the first one.
by Peter_Suciu
Tue May 15, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Items For Sale
Topic: Russian Wheeled Sokolov mount
Replies: 0
Views: 151

Russian Wheeled Sokolov mount

In case anyone is looking for a project or happens to have a Soviet Maxim and doesn't have the wheeled Sokolov mount I have an extra for sale. Shipping will probably be an issue but we can always send it ground in the USA. It has the piano shaped tool box. I'm looking to get $300, which is about $19...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue May 08, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: French Indo-Chinese Salacco
Replies: 3
Views: 188

Re: French Indo-Chinese Salacco

The interior. There is a stamp that says "1903," which I believe could be a date.
Salacco2.jpg
by Peter_Suciu
Tue May 08, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: French Indo-Chinese Salacco
Replies: 3
Views: 188

French Indo-Chinese Salacco

This is the classic “salacco” of the Tirailleurs Indochinois – it features the French Marine Infantry anchor on the front. It was known locally as the “nón lá” or leaf hat. This pattern helmet/hat was used by the Tirailleurs Indochinois (Lính tập), which included several regiments of local ethnic In...
by Peter_Suciu
Thu May 03, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Steel Combat Helmets 1916- 1918
Topic: Berndorfer Opinions
Replies: 6
Views: 428

Re: Berndorfer Opinions

The price was almost too good to be true, but then again treasures do slip through. I've seen stuff for sell for insanely high prices on eBay and others are practically given away. I know I found one of my favorite sun helmets on eBay and bought it for a few hundred dollars when it could have cost a...
by Peter_Suciu
Thu May 03, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Barnfind
Replies: 20
Views: 846

Re: Barnfind

Spiker wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 3:01 am
:D Yeah , every collectors dream , is to walk in to an abandoned barn and strike gold !
I'm happy enough to walk into SOS or another big show and find treasure. In America abandoned barns and houses just have old moldy junk! :o
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Anyone going to Ciney?
Replies: 3
Views: 241

Re: Anyone going to Ciney?

Thank you Kris. These hats aren't common but not exactly rare either. There are a few around. If you find one let me know please.
by Peter_Suciu
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Anyone going to Ciney?
Replies: 3
Views: 241

Anyone going to Ciney?

One show I'd love to do is Ciney, but so far it hasn't been in the cards. Driving 16 hours each way to Tulsa or flying to the West Coast Historical Militaria Collectors Show is as much of a trip as I've made. In the past I've seen that an item I've been seeking for years has known to show up. So, if...
by Peter_Suciu
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Chauchat
Replies: 13
Views: 536

Re: Chauchat

ottodog8 wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:51 am
Very nice piece, I’m envious. Do you plan to shoot it?
I don't have any immediate plans to shoot it. I honestly don't know the last time it was properly cleaned and I haven't really had the time to undertake breaking it down to give it a good cleaning.
by Peter_Suciu
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bread Bag - What Country
Replies: 5
Views: 242

Re: Bread Bag - What Country

Stamps
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by Peter_Suciu
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bread Bag - What Country
Replies: 5
Views: 242

Bread Bag - What Country

Is this Dutch, Belgian or Danish or from somewhere else. It has a 1912 date stamp.
DBB1.jpg
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Chauchat
Replies: 13
Views: 536

Re: Chauchat

The receiver and open magazine.
Chauchat5.jpg
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Chauchat
Replies: 13
Views: 536

Re: Chauchat

The selector switch was revolutionary 100 years ago!
Chauchat4.jpg
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Chauchat
Replies: 13
Views: 536

Re: Chauchat

This example was produced by Sidarme during World War I.
Chauchat3.jpg
by Peter_Suciu
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Chauchat
Replies: 13
Views: 536

Chauchat

It took 272 days to do the transfer but just before SOS I picked up my live Chauchat! This is my first functional machine gun.
Chauchat2.jpg
by Peter_Suciu
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Fez and Colonial Headgear
Replies: 50
Views: 20611

Re: Fez and Colonial Headgear

Good stuff Kris.

Did you see the movie prop Force Publique helmet I bought. Not the real deal but probably as close as I'll get for now!
by Peter_Suciu
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: British Airtube Helmet Indian Mutiny Era
Replies: 9
Views: 373

Re: British Airtube Helmet Indian Mutiny Era

The clay isn't on real thick. Enough to give the felt body some support. The helmet is large however. And you can see it resembles the French and British cavalry helmets of the era. This is still based on the Greeco-Roman designs. I think this would have been the shape of British sun helmets had Pri...
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: British Airtube Helmet Indian Mutiny Era
Replies: 9
Views: 373

Re: British Airtube Helmet Indian Mutiny Era

Thanks Tony! I had to sell my American WWI experimental helmet collection to fund this. I know the helmet isn't exactly pretty, but no one said the Holy Grail would like pretty!
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: British Airtube Helmet Indian Mutiny Era
Replies: 9
Views: 373

Re: British Airtube Helmet Indian Mutiny Era

As the helmet might have looked worn by a British officer.
William Stephen Raikes Hodson, founder of Hodson’s Horse, wearing a crested Ellwood’s helmet c1850s
William-Stephen-Raikes-Hods.jpg
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: British Airtube Helmet Indian Mutiny Era
Replies: 9
Views: 373

Re: British Airtube Helmet Indian Mutiny Era

You can see the helmet to the left is the more classic "Zulu War Era" style helmet. Its shape is based on theAlbert Pattern cavalry helmets. Had Prince Albert not designed that helmet it is likely the Roman style airtubehelmets would have been adopted by the British Army.
Airtube2P.jpg
by Peter_Suciu
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: British Airtube Helmet Indian Mutiny Era
Replies: 9
Views: 373

British Airtube Helmet Indian Mutiny Era

Here is truly the "holy grail" of items for my collection. This is one of three known examples of the Ellwood and Sons "Airtube" or "Air Chamber" helmets. These were used by British officers of the HonourableEast India Company prior to and during the Indian Mutiny. The pattern fell out of use by the...
by Peter_Suciu
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Force Publique Sun Helmet
Replies: 1
Views: 154

Re: Force Publique Sun Helmet

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Scene from the movie
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by Peter_Suciu
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Force Publique Sun Helmet
Replies: 1
Views: 154

Force Publique Sun Helmet

Well, I wish this were a "real" Force Publique helmet from the Belgium Congo. This is actually a movie prop from the recent Legend of Tarzan Movie. I probably paid too much but it looks fairly decent in person.