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by aicusv
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: EM Chinstrap With Silver Hardware
Replies: 3
Views: 69

Re: EM Chinstrap With Silver Hardware

I only have one Pioneer helmet, the spike (and pins), Wappen, and chin strap fittings are "silver", all the other metal fittings are grey metal. Given how hard press they were too equip the troops I would think that mixed strap fittings are possible.
by aicusv
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Gun show find last summer: nice field cover with helmet
Replies: 11
Views: 166

Re: Gun show find last summer: nice field cover with helmet

Nice find, IR 174 was in Army Corps XXI
by aicusv
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: A seldom one with red numbers helmet cover
Replies: 14
Views: 177

Re: A seldom one with red numbers helmet cover

What a great piece - I'd drive more than that for it.
by aicusv
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Generals come out to play
Replies: 17
Views: 204

Re: Generals come out to play

Thank you, I stay away from officers ( the higher the rank the farther away, hold over from my time in the service) items. The uniforms does have general tabs on the collar. So I can assume that someone has played with this uniform. I do get confused about German generals. During the days of Alt Fri...
by aicusv
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: not a pickelhaube but thoughts please
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: not a pickelhaube but thoughts please

Nothing, I've ever seen documented. There has been a bunch of chainmail fantasy pieces come out of the UK over the years.
by aicusv
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Generals come out to play
Replies: 17
Views: 204

Re: Generals come out to play

Great pieces (beyond my pay grade) - quick question or two, recently I came across a set of uniforms for a Lieutenant General, the boards were Hessian and had the monogram for JR115. What Wappen would this individual wear on his helmet ? Also would it be possible to identify him?
Gen brd.jpg
by aicusv
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: German WW1 Canteens
Replies: 13
Views: 1602

Re: German WW1 Canteens

Very nice condition, the dated ones I have are ink stamped either on the cover or the body along with the Army Corp number. I do have a couple of earlier ones that actually have a maker's plate on them. A small plate with the maker's name and date.
by aicusv
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Spine sizes / helmet sizes
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Re: Spine sizes / helmet sizes

Happy New Year to all. Well it has been almost a year since I began my collection of spine sizes. I thought I would post how it has been going, slow. Still not enough information to make any conclusions about matching spines to helmets. I would welcome any input from members here - if you can see a ...
by aicusv
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: German WW1 Canteens
Replies: 13
Views: 1602

Re: German WW1 Canteens

I have few with corduroy covers and only the neck strap leather, dated 1917. They are the steel enameled ones.
by aicusv
Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Merry Christmas and a happy new year
Replies: 10
Views: 209

Re: Merry Christmas and a happy new year

Merry Christmas to all,
by aicusv
Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Cockade Question
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: Cockade Question

The German Colonial Uniforms website ( http://www.germancolonialuniforms.co.uk) has photos of the 1913 helmet and the cockade on that appears to match this one On a vendor's site ( https://www.germanmilitaria.com/Imperial/photos/G043766.html ) there is one described as "IMPERIAL COLONIAL GERMAN SOUT...
by aicusv
Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Shoulder Straps / Schulterklappen
Topic: Slip ons?
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: Slip ons?

Went back to take photo of boards and finally noticed the way the board is cut (dah). You are right it is TR period. The color, however, is a match to my 1915 pattern boards, but the piping is not wool. Guess I couldn't see past the chain stitched 19. At least I don't have much into them (they were ...
by aicusv
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Cockade Question
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: Cockade Question

I'm beginning to think this cockade may be for the 1913 sun helmet. Can anyone confirm or refute this?
by aicusv
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Shoulder Straps / Schulterklappen
Topic: Slip ons?
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: Slip ons?

Thank you for the reply. I agree that this was a practice during the TR period. However, the material, color, and construction of the strap is very WWI. Also I recall now where I read about slip ons being used, it was by the Lehr Infantry Regiment (3rd Guards Division).
by aicusv
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Shoulder Straps / Schulterklappen
Topic: Slip ons?
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Slip ons?

Ok here's another question about boards. I know I read someplace about these but can remember anything other than they were used. The who or why I can't recall. The board appears to be the removal type worn on the 1910 uniform, piped red. There is a slip on made of the same material as the board and...
by aicusv
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Cockade Question
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Cockade Question

I recently picked up a Reichs cockade that appears different. Two piece with felt center. The silver ring only has two ridges (like those for an NCO's helmet ). It measure 30mm in diameter, which is much lager than any of the other cap cockades I have. cockade.jpg IS this an Imperial piece? What typ...
by aicusv
Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Shoulder Straps / Schulterklappen
Topic: Unit Identification please
Replies: 0
Views: 55

Unit Identification please

Any ideas auto what unit this maybe from. Board appears to be a Saxon officer (silver cord with green trace), with a "1", on a dark green background.
Khaki Shoulder board.jpg
. Thank you.
by aicusv
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Lewis Gun
Replies: 13
Views: 490

Re: Lewis Gun

At one time I had a complete WW1 kit for the A&SH. But the gentleman I interview was in the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
by aicusv
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: U.S. Pickelhaube
Replies: 9
Views: 302

Re: U.S. Pickelhaube

Congratulations to both you and the new owner. That is a great helmet.
by aicusv
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Lewis Gun
Replies: 13
Views: 490

Re: Lewis Gun

Years ago I knew a gentleman who had been a Lewis gunner in the first war. On his first day at training camp he saw two soldiers pulling a little cart with a Lewis gun on it. So he figured he would volunteer to be a gunner, that way he would have the cart and not need to carry his stuff around on hi...
by aicusv
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Pickelhauben & Parts For Sale
Topic: U.S. Pickelhaube
Replies: 9
Views: 302

Re: U.S. Pickelhaube

Were you ever able to identify what unit this helmet was from?
by aicusv
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Tschapkas
Topic: Prussian Uhlans Tschapkas
Replies: 22
Views: 555

Re: Prussian Uhlans Tschapkas

Beautiful - always loved the flat tops. Only every able to get one prewar one UR 11) with cords and all, sorry I ever parted with it.
by aicusv
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: What is this?

Here are a couple more photos. One showing the fly piping and one showing the inside.
KU frt pipe.jpg
KU Inside.jpg
by aicusv
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: What is this?

My thoughts on this, is that it may be a veteran's from the 30s. Buttons are all smooth German Silver, not the dippled finish of the later period. Here is a better shot of the boards.
Khaki Shoulder board.jpg
by aicusv
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: busby
Replies: 25
Views: 617

Re: busby

I have the helmet from a Feldwebel it has the NCO cockades
by aicusv
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 3
Views: 156

What is this?

Does any one know what this uniform is? It is an officer's cotton khaki. All piping (around collar and cuffs and down the front fly) is dark green as well as the backing on the shoulder boards and collar lace. Shoulder boards are silver with a green trace thread and a #1. Buttons are silver. I can n...
by aicusv
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: busby
Replies: 25
Views: 617

Re: busby

I would think that since NCOs had their own cockades that they would not wear an Officer's
by aicusv
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Kaiser's Bunker Farewell to Fredericton
Replies: 21
Views: 614

Re: Kaiser's Bunker Farewell to Fredericton

Good luck and happy landings at the new home.
by aicusv
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: My man cave
Replies: 11
Views: 308

Re: My man cave

Beats the brown cardboard boxes that most of my collection is in. Looks real good. I like the ships.
by aicusv
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Shako
Replies: 11
Views: 415

Re: Shako

Any markings inside?
by aicusv
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Groupings
Topic: Bavarian 12th Infantry
Replies: 4
Views: 140

Re: Bavarian 12th Infantry

Nice set
by aicusv
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Shoulder Straps / Schulterklappen
Topic: 236 boards
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: 236 boards

Thanks, but it isn't mine. It belongs to a buddy - I'm just trying to figure out the boards, if they are right or not. I believe the blouse to be original and the boards to be original, but do they go together? The photos are great - thanks for sharing. Interesting that the NCO is wearing a mounted ...
by aicusv
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Shoulder Straps / Schulterklappen
Topic: 236 boards
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: 236 boards

There appears to be an issue with posting photos. This the best I can do for now, Image
by aicusv
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Shoulder Straps / Schulterklappen
Topic: 236 boards
Replies: 5
Views: 192

236 boards

I recently came across a pair of slip on field/grey boards with a red chain stitched 236 on them. I'm assuming they are for RIR 236, the question I have about them is, they are piped in green. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 236, was assigned to the 102.Reserve-Infanterie-Brigade, of the 51st Reserv...
by aicusv
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Enlisted vulcan fiber pickelhaube
Replies: 17
Views: 430

Re: Enlisted vulcan fiber pickelhaube

Link got a load of pictures, none of a helmet
by aicusv
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: General Site Information
Topic: Test, just a test
Replies: 2
Views: 95

Re: Test, just a test

Come back when you can stay longer.
by aicusv
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: White Württemberg PB13
Replies: 20
Views: 546

Re: White Württemberg PB13

Great helmet and to be able to follow his career is wonderful. But (long pause) --- wouldn't he acquired a better helmet, befitting his grade on becoming a senior NCO? Or at least placed NCO cockades on this helmet? Maybe, he retained his helmet as a fatigue piece and had a better one for formal dut...
by aicusv
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Generale
Replies: 21
Views: 610

Re: Generale

Truly a beauty.
by aicusv
Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Naval NCO
Replies: 7
Views: 331

Re: Naval NCO

Thank you - I would like a copy of the table. I believe I'm starting to understand their appearance.
by aicusv
Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: Zeebrugge raid
Replies: 2
Views: 152

Re: Zeebrugge raid

Very interesting. Good post.
by aicusv
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Naval NCO
Replies: 7
Views: 331

Re: Naval NCO

Thank you.This answers my original question. Now for question 2; did they wear the lace on the jumper cuff as well? Funny there is so much information out there about the Army, but so little about the Navy.
by aicusv
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Naval NCO
Replies: 7
Views: 331

Re: Naval NCO

Thanks, but that's the site that started me thinking about this. I believe I may have an answer, but need conformation.
by aicusv
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Naval NCO
Replies: 7
Views: 331

Naval NCO

I know we have a couple of members who collect Naval uniforms. I'm trying to find out how senior NCOs were uniformed in the Imperial German Navy? Did they wear a "sailor suit" with the rank on the sleeve or did they wear a distinctive uniform? I can find information on the enlisted ratings and Offic...
by aicusv
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer
Replies: 16
Views: 589

Re: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

That is a beauty. Of all material they made the helmets out of, I think the vulkanized was the best. I have a couple in my collection and their condition is excellent. There is no shrinkage or cracking, they just hold up well.
by aicusv
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Untouched Model 1891 Württemberg
Replies: 13
Views: 581

Re: Untouched Model 1891 Württemberg

When did Württemberg adopt the Pickelhaub? Could the I.B. just mean first battalion ?
by aicusv
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Help? Miniature Würtemberg Candle Holder Maker Marked (5" x 6") Any Information?
Replies: 13
Views: 315

Re: Help? Miniature Würtemberg Candle Holder Maker Marked (5" x 6") Any Information?

Super piece, looks like it is set up to hold a bottle of ink. In today's world we forget how important ink wells were not too long ago. An item like this would be good to keep someone like me from knocking the bottle over.
by aicusv
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Shakos/Tschakos
Topic: Another M15 Tschako
Replies: 16
Views: 5258

Re: Another M15 Tschako

:thumbleft:
by aicusv
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Collector Stories
Topic: The Old Way To Add To Your Collection
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: The Old Way To Add To Your Collection

i use to get things from Col. Stoddard once in a while. Got a M'15 uniform blouse from him for $25.
by aicusv
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: joke thread
Replies: 20
Views: 471

Re: joke thread

My wife came home the other night very excited. "Pack your bags, I've won the lottery," she cried. I asked her where I should pack for, warm or cold weather. She replied, "I don't care, just leave!"
by aicusv
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: USMC Dress Helmet
Replies: 10
Views: 396

Re: USMC Dress Helmet

Another good fine. I may have posted this before, but here is my enlisted man's,