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by Maple Creek
Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:53 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS B Loree Filz JzP
Replies: 91
Views: 39194

Re: SOS B Loree Filz JzP

Just picked up this discussion tread. I noticed this helmet at the show too and snapped off a couple quick photos. I didn't really do a detailed forensic exam of the thing because, frankly, it it didn't occur to me that it might be fake. It was one-looker for me, but then again, I tend to be insuffi...
by Maple Creek
Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: People SOS
Replies: 9
Views: 4255

Re: People SOS

Here are some of my people pictures from the SoS. I was only there for Thursday, so didn't have as much time as I would have liked for visiting and taking pictures.
by Maple Creek
Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:06 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: More SOS Pics B Loree
Replies: 10
Views: 4508

Re: More SOS Pics B Loree

I noticed the doctored helmets as well. Here's one of my two imperial era helmets that I bought at the show. This appeared to be not messed with other than some likely adjustment to the slightly damaged comb. I plucked this from the same table shown in the table above with KuK headgear and pickelhau...
by Maple Creek
Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:51 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Kürassier - opinions sought
Replies: 18
Views: 2726

Re: Kürassier - opinions sought

Hi Steve, I thing Ron's got the right idea with this one. In 1919 people weren't thinking, "Gee, collectors aren't going to like that 100 years from now." I've seen these helmets used for target practice and I'm sure they were abused in many backyard war games, used for flower pots, etc. In this cas...
by Maple Creek
Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Kürassier - opinions sought
Replies: 18
Views: 2726

Re: Kürassier - opinions sought

Hi Ron and Steve, It is a nice looking piece, no? I'm pretty sure it was plated, not polished. The interior looks original except for the green painted cape, but the entire interior has been repainted. You can see bright metal shining through scratches in the paint. So I think the thing was stripped...
by Maple Creek
Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:07 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Kürassier - opinions sought
Replies: 18
Views: 2726

Re: Kürassier - opinions sought

Despite everybody's advice, I went ahead and bought the thing. I didn't spend an arm and a leg, but it wasn't a total steal either. I thought it was cool and I wanted to have a close look so I bought it, ok? :) . So here's a description... It’s a Model 1915 Mannschaften or other ranks Kurassier pick...
by Maple Creek
Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Kürassier - opinions sought
Replies: 18
Views: 2726

Re: Kürassier - opinions sought

Hi Francis and Bruno, Thanks for these opinions. I think most collectors would take one look and assume this is a complete fake. According to the seller, it came from the US War Department and he's provided the attached documentation with an interesting provenance story. Of course, you have to be ca...
by Maple Creek
Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Kürassier - opinions sought
Replies: 18
Views: 2726

Re: Kürassier - opinions sought

Additional views
by Maple Creek
Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:06 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Kürassier - opinions sought
Replies: 18
Views: 2726

Kürassier - opinions sought

This helmet has been offered to me. It's supposed to be an out-of-the-woodwork War Bond type thing, but there are several things that look irregular to me. Does anybody think this has a chance of being original?

I appreciate your help.

Mark D.
by Maple Creek
Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Robert H. Haskell III Estate Helmets on Julia Auction
Replies: 50
Views: 19479

Re: Robert H. Haskell III Estate Helmets on Julia Auction

Hi Randy, Thanks for the synopsis. Any particularly great steel helmets in this lot? I might have to go to Maine to have a look-see.

Cheers,

Mark D.
by Maple Creek
Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Mexican Officer's Pickelhaube Restored
Replies: 3
Views: 1271

Re: Mexican Officer's Pickelhaube Restored

Thanks! Does anybody have a notion of who might have worn this kind of helmet? We were guessing cavalry because of the tendency for cavalry units to have silver versus brass or gilt trim, but we don't really know. The feathered plume might suggest use by a general, as with Imperial German pickelhaub...
by Maple Creek
Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Mexican Officer's Pickelhaube Restored
Replies: 3
Views: 1271

Mexican Officer's Pickelhaube Restored

This is a helmet that my father has owned since 1958. He found it in a flea market in Mexico City where he lived (Mexico City that is, not the flea market :) ) There were two pickelehaubes and he just bought the one, but always regretted not getting both. He paid something like $25 for the piece, wh...
by Maple Creek
Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: The Leather Chin Strap
Replies: 81
Views: 43322

Re: The Leather Chin Strap

Brian, Thanks. I appreciate your opinion. Cheers, Mark e="b.loree"]Looks totally original to me. Note the fine brass buckles with rounded edges and the undyed rear side of the strap. Repros do not have the rounded edges, they are very square with sharp edges. Both sides of the leather are usually dy...
by Maple Creek
Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: The Leather Chin Strap
Replies: 81
Views: 43322

Re: The Leather Chin Strap

full length
by Maple Creek
Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: The Leather Chin Strap
Replies: 81
Views: 43322

Re: The Leather Chin Strap

more pictures of the same cs
by Maple Creek
Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: The Leather Chin Strap
Replies: 81
Views: 43322

riveted chinstrap

Here's a chinstrap that came with an M15 Prussian pickelhaube that I just picked up. The piece was an out-of-the-woodwork find that I didn't pay much money for, so I'm pretty sure it's original. It occurred to me, however, that the leather might be an old replacement made for the souvenir market, so...
by Maple Creek
Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:22 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Model 1915 Truppenubungsplatz OR/NCO pickelhaube
Replies: 11
Views: 3479

Re: Model 1915 Truppenubungsplatz OR/NCO pickelhaube

Thanks. Available online: http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=m ... =1up;seq=5
reservist1 wrote:Try Führer durch Heer und Flotte, 1914, pages 49 and 193.

Reservist1
by Maple Creek
Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Model 1915 Truppenubungsplatz OR/NCO pickelhaube
Replies: 11
Views: 3479

Re: Model 1915 Truppenubungsplatz OR/NCO pickelhaube

Hi, Thanks again for this tip. I went back to Joe's website and found the Train unit stamps, including one that is a dead ringer for the on on my pickelhaube. Now I'm wondering what reference you used to figure out that this train detachment was in Coblenz. I thought I had identified an interesting ...
by Maple Creek
Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:43 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Model 1915 Truppenubungsplatz OR/NCO pickelhaube
Replies: 11
Views: 3479

Re: Model 1915 Truppenubungsplatz OR/NCO pickelhaube

Well the whole training ground/military academy idea could be a red herring... A train unit did occur to me initially, but I didn't see this on Joe's list. If this unit had been in Colbenz, then that would make a lot of sense since US troops occupied this city post-WWI. What reference sources did yo...
by Maple Creek
Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:40 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Model 1915 Truppenubungsplatz OR/NCO pickelhaube
Replies: 11
Views: 3479

Model 1915 Truppenubungsplatz OR/NCO pickelhaube

Here one that I picked up a couple days ago. There are a couple of interesting or unusual things about it. At first glance it appears to be a standard Model 1895 other ranks pickelhaube. On closer inspection, it turns out to be a Model 1915 pickelhuabe that has been painted to simulate brass trim. T...
by Maple Creek
Sat May 11, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Mexican spiked helmet
Replies: 9
Views: 1944

Re: Mexican spiked helmet

The picture from Weitze's site has unfortunately aged out. Does anybody have a picture of the thing on file? Also, what was the price? My father bought one of these from a flea market in Mexico in 1958 for $25. There were two and of course now he regrets not buying both. Back in 1958 $25 was a lot t...
by Maple Creek
Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Spikeless Pickelhaubes
Replies: 4
Views: 1768

Re: Spikeless Pickelhaubes

I didn't know that - about the late 1915 order to remove spikes on the front line. It would seem that this practice was short lived because around the same time, late 1915, early 1916 steel helmets were introduced and pickelhaubes started to become less common on the front lines. I'm posting your in...
by Maple Creek
Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Spikeless Pickelhaubes
Replies: 4
Views: 1768

Re: Spikeless Pickelhaubes

Maybe they're metal helmets and the fellow in the back has a felt helmet.
Khukri wrote:Great photo !
I'd say:
Far too shiny to be leather at all...
Francis
by Maple Creek
Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Spikeless Pickelhaubes
Replies: 4
Views: 1768

Spikeless Pickelhaubes

I thought this was an interesting group photo from a pickelhaube perspective. Notice, no spikes! I'm aware that these helmets were sometimes worn with spikes removed, but can't recall seeing a group photo like this. Maybe this is not uncommon, but I thought it was interesting. The helmets seem to be...
by Maple Creek
Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:31 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Where's the exciment?
Replies: 39
Views: 9077

Re: Where's the exciment?

Friends, I regret that I can't make it this year. The reason being that I spent my carefully hoarded "helmet fund" money on my daughter's college tuition bill rather than what it really should be spent on, which is nice helmets for my collection! ](*,) Oh well... I guess it was for a good cause. It'...
by Maple Creek
Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:08 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: French First Empire Helmet?
Replies: 11
Views: 4013

Re: French First Empire Helmet?

This is a helmet for a Garde du Corps du Roy. Period is 1st Restauration (not 1st Empire!). Bruno Bruno, This reinfoces information I got from another collector friend: "I can't state with certainty, but this helm certainly appears to be of the Garde du Corps de la Maison du Roi (imperial guard of ...
by Maple Creek
Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: French First Empire Helmet?
Replies: 11
Views: 4013

Re: French First Empire Helmet?

crest detail
by Maple Creek
Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: French First Empire Helmet?
Replies: 11
Views: 4013

Re: French First Empire Helmet?

visor
by Maple Creek
Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: French First Empire Helmet?
Replies: 11
Views: 4013

Re: French First Empire Helmet?

left detail
by Maple Creek
Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:59 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: French First Empire Helmet?
Replies: 11
Views: 4013

Re: French First Empire Helmet?

interior
by Maple Creek
Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:58 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: French First Empire Helmet?
Replies: 11
Views: 4013

Re: French First Empire Helmet?

Right side detail
by Maple Creek
Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:57 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: French First Empire Helmet?
Replies: 11
Views: 4013

Re: French First Empire Helmet?

front plate
by Maple Creek
Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: French First Empire Helmet?
Replies: 11
Views: 4013

French First Empire Helmet?

I'm in discussion with a fellow who is offering this helmet for sale. He thinks it's a French First Empire piece. I realize this is a VERY tricky field to venture into and it's out of my area of expertise. One thing I've learned is that nearly all helmets made after the fall of the First Empire had ...
by Maple Creek
Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: GdC out of the woodwork
Replies: 40
Views: 9554

Re: GdC out of the woodwork

Hope so! :)
joerookery wrote:Are you going to SOS this year?
by Maple Creek
Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:47 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: GdC out of the woodwork
Replies: 40
Views: 9554

Re: GdC out of the woodwork

Fantastic photo! I love all those GdC helmets. Notice the matt silvered finish of the eagles. The look almost white. Over time the tended to get polished to a shiny finish. I wonder what a Life Saving Medal is. Germany was at peace in 1911, so under what circumstances would a person do something to ...
by Maple Creek
Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:47 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Seeking ID for Mystery American Pickelhaubes
Replies: 7
Views: 2057

Re: Seeking ID for Mystery American Pickelhaubes

Thanks Peter. This was an interesting group to learn about. At one time in the late 19th and early 20th centuries the Independent Order of Odd Fellows was the largest fraternal order in the United States - larger than the more well known Freemasons. During the Civil War the Patriarch Militant was fo...
by Maple Creek
Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:56 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Marine See Batalion
Replies: 13
Views: 2486

Re: Marine See Batalion

Hi Ronny, Thanks. I bought a lot of stuff at auction including some junk, but this was by far the best thing out of the bunch.

Mark D.
RON wrote:Beautiful piece once more Mark; congrats! :thumb up:
by Maple Creek
Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:53 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Marine See Batalion
Replies: 13
Views: 2486

Re: Marine See Batalion

Cool! Maybe you could stop by and see if they left behind any helmet parts. :) I wonder if there is anything left to the See Batailion installations. Mark D. Great ! I'm working in Nieuwpoort - Belgium at 150 meters from the former German (See Batailion) position. No Feldzeichen-Kinnriemen-Busch up ...
by Maple Creek
Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Marine See Batalion
Replies: 13
Views: 2486

Re: Marine See Batalion

Maybe the first character is a 1 for 1st Batallion and the second character is something else - not a "V" for "IV" or 4th.
Khukri wrote:Correct: no 4th ! :-?
This happens early in the morning.
Francis
by Maple Creek
Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Marine See Batalion
Replies: 13
Views: 2486

Re: Marine See Batalion

More detail on stamps: a manufactures stamp (apparently) and a similar stamp from Colonel J's site.

Now I just need an original Feldzeichen, chinscales and parade plume. Shouldn't be too hard to find! :lol:
by Maple Creek
Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Marine See Batalion
Replies: 13
Views: 2486

Marine See Batalion

This one came in a few days ago and I've been enjoying having it on my desk. This helmet as well as the one other example that I can find with reference books on hand has a somewhat different construction compared to the standard Prussian shako. It has a thick band of leather at the bottom of the sh...
by Maple Creek
Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Seeking ID for Mystery American Pickelhaubes
Replies: 7
Views: 2057

Re: Seeking ID for Mystery American Pickelhaubes

Hi Joe, Thanks. I think you might have nailed it. Another possibility would be militia of some sort, but I think you're probably on the right track. For one thing, it's an odd helmet for the Odd Fellows, no? The side button looks like a mule. Looks like somebody was having fun with this concept. :wi...
by Maple Creek
Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:58 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Seeking ID for Mystery American Pickelhaubes
Replies: 7
Views: 2057

Seeking ID for Mystery American Pickelhaubes

I just purchased this pair of pickelhaubes as part of an auction lot. They look like Model 1881 American helmets, but a strange device on the front (or is it the back?). It occured to me that they might be foreign, i.e. not US. Or maybe even theatrical pieces. Any ideas? This is out of my area of ex...
by Maple Creek
Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: M17 Stalhelm with Camouflage
Replies: 23
Views: 8978

Re: M17 Stalhelm with Camouflage

Hi Ron, You know steel helmets are my bag! Very nice specimen. I like the regulation camo colors and the nicely executed pattern. It's great that you were able to find an original replacement chinstrap. These are hard to lay hands on! I can't tell what's going on with the liner draw string. It looks...
by Maple Creek
Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: GdC out of the woodwork
Replies: 40
Views: 9554

Re: GdC out of the woodwork

Hi Chris, Thanks again for these interesting observations. There is some technical problem with our forum that's preventing me and possibly others from replying to personal messages. If you'd like to communicate directly with me, you'll need to drop me a line via email: [email protected].com. I look...
by Maple Creek
Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Garde du Corps NCO?
Replies: 0
Views: 1699

Garde du Corps NCO?

Here's a photo of a helmet that has been in my father's collection since 1961 - purchased for $60! It has some issues. The shell is battered and the bolts holding the eagle to the base are not right. My father has always assumed this was a put-together piece because of the mix of officer's and other...
by Maple Creek
Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:06 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: GdC out of the woodwork
Replies: 40
Views: 9554

Re: GdC out of the woodwork

One interesting detail on my GdC is that the cape, or lobster tail, is pressed out of one piece made to look like three pieces. I've been told that a three piece construction is more typical for officer's helmets. One person told me that this less-common one-piece construction is a characteristic of...
by Maple Creek
Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:00 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: GdC out of the woodwork
Replies: 40
Views: 9554

Re: GdC out of the woodwork

[quote="minihelmets"]This is most probably a wartime manufactured example. The helmet is not Tombac.. It is brass. ... Hi Minihelmets, Thanks for this interesting information. It would be great to see photos of the type of helmets you mention. It might look like brass in the photos, but my GdC helme...
by Maple Creek
Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:49 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: GdC out of the woodwork
Replies: 40
Views: 9554

Re: GdC out of the woodwork

Very interesting story. I see the count became a prince. The photo of the heavily bemedalled count in his later years was great to see. What an interesting life! Mark D. Mark, You can read this: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1091843/Grandson-German-prince-helped-Valkyrie-plot-kill-Hitler-l...
by Maple Creek
Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:03 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: GdC out of the woodwork
Replies: 40
Views: 9554

Re: GdC out of the woodwork

Hi Joe, Thanks for posting the photo and the interesting information about the Count. Is this a photo purloined from your collection? When I first saw this photo portrait it made wonder what happened to this person. He looks young, thoughtful, and maybe not too warlike. The picture was probably take...