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by 911car
Thu Apr 06, 2006 7:24 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: Help! Need a favor...Can anyone look up the following:
Replies: 7
Views: 2689

I happen to own a Garde Train Pickelhaube named to Einjahrige Freiwilliger Rabe. Maybe they were related... most likely it is just a coincidence. Is Rabe a common name in Germany?
Bruno
by 911car
Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:34 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Interesting Wurttemberg Dragoon Helmet Pickup
Replies: 11
Views: 5560

Very nice! Congratulations!
Bruno
by 911car
Fri Mar 31, 2006 10:39 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Saxon Jaeger Tschako
Replies: 19
Views: 8712

You will also need the very hard too find small cockades!
Nice. Congratulations!
Bruno
by 911car
Thu Mar 30, 2006 1:41 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Helmet Covers
Replies: 8
Views: 2775

I fully agree with you, this price is completely insane. Doesn't make any sense.
Bruno
by 911car
Sat Mar 25, 2006 7:10 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: 2 helmets from Peter Suciu
Replies: 14
Views: 6442

The cloth-covered helmet seems to be perfectly authentic. I saw exactly the same one, in a better condition, a few weeks ago, found in a large metal suitcase that used to belong to a French WW1 officer. The suitcase was discovered untouched and unopened; among many things it contained this helmet an...
by 911car
Sun Mar 05, 2006 6:25 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Pickelhaube Unit I.D.
Replies: 8
Views: 3640

Pioneer Regiment 30
Bruno
by 911car
Sat Mar 04, 2006 3:44 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Bruno's rare Hessian
Replies: 17
Views: 6884

And unfortunately it is too late to ask him.
Nice picture. This ersatz battalion (E) marking is seldom seen.
by 911car
Sat Mar 04, 2006 2:39 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Bruno's rare Hessian
Replies: 17
Views: 6884

Joe I always found information in Larcade's books to be reliable. His references are listed at the end. Of course there are a few mistakes; often just typos (like maybe 1915 above). My OJR91/RJR74 helmet comes from the attic of a family in central France, and was brought back from the war by a membe...
by 911car
Thu Mar 02, 2006 5:24 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: Who is the last WW I vet still alive?
Replies: 26
Views: 10838

I saw an article on this subject today in Le Monde online. They must have been engaged in the conflict for at least 3 months to be considered as vets. This is why there are verifications going on... Anyway, there are between 5 and 7 WW1 survivors known in France today.
Good luck in your search,
Bruno
by 911car
Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:25 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: Who is the last WW I vet still alive?
Replies: 26
Views: 10838

Mike, I read today that 2 more Frenchmen are claiming that they fought at the end of WW1, which is being verified. As you say, the last survivor will have kind of national funerals, as was recently decided by the government.
Bruno
by 911car
Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:17 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Bruno's rare Hessian
Replies: 17
Views: 6884

I meant, of course, RJR74, and not 73, for the reserve of OJR91... Sorry for the mistake. Here you go, Joe (Larcade vol.1, p79): “Under its camo cloth, an e.m. helmet from Hessian Landwehr regiment 116. The “L” in italic characters is non-regulatory since it normally should be a classic straight L. ...
by 911car
Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:54 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Bruno's rare Hessian
Replies: 17
Views: 6884

OK Joe I will look at Larcade's book tonight and let you know. Regarding the plate I am not really surprised. It seems that this happened often. I have a reserve Oldenburg infantry helmet which is marked RJR73, which is correct as this regiment included all Oldenburg reservists. The front plate is s...
by 911car
Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:51 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Bruno's rare Hessian
Replies: 17
Views: 6884

Simply because all the Hessian reserve infantry belonged to Reserve and Landwehr regiments 116 and 118 (in other words there was no RJR or LJR117, for exemple). Therefore it is normal for a helmet that was first affected to any active Hessian regiment and was then reaffected to Reserve or Landwehr t...
by 911car
Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:16 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: Who is the last WW I vet still alive?
Replies: 26
Views: 10838

Precision: there are exactly today 5 known vets from WW1 still alive in France...
Bruno
by 911car
Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:13 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: Who is the last WW I vet still alive?
Replies: 26
Views: 10838

One of the last ones, Ferdinand Gilson, passed away last Sunday in France at 107. You can read is story on the web on Le Monde.fr. Go to "actualites", then to "carnet". There should be less than 10 left in France...
Bruno
by 911car
Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:45 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: 9th Jaeger from SOS
Replies: 14
Views: 5756

Very nice Tschako, and so well marked.
Congratulations!
Bruno
by 911car
Wed Feb 22, 2006 1:47 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Pickelhaubes in 1933.
Replies: 2
Views: 2254

Most of you have probably seen the famous CE. Juncker catalog from 1933, with the cover showing the shop in Berlin. All the prestigious officer spike helmets, mitres, Tschapkas and uniform parts were still for sale at that time, and brand new...
Bruno
by 911car
Tue Feb 21, 2006 4:49 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Posting photos of Bruno's helmet
Replies: 9
Views: 3507

Thank you Otto, Joe and Chas. I was lucky enough to find this set in England (no, not in Nottingham....) a few years ago. The helmet was very dirty and was lightly cleaned. You will notice that the Uberzug is also labeled on the front (inside) LGBR109.
Bruno
by 911car
Tue Feb 21, 2006 8:53 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Wurttemberg Helme
Replies: 12
Views: 5248

Mike, per your question, isn't the right length for one's legs when feet just reach the ground?
I agree that the book on Wurtemberg hats is a must have. I was lucky to receive it as a gift from the author (J. Hilsenbeck). Pictured items are splendid and everything is there.
Bruno
by 911car
Sun Jan 08, 2006 4:04 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Prussian Zahlmeister Pickelhaube
Replies: 9
Views: 4877

None of these three criteria would define a "private purchase" helmet Tom. Jansen was a major maker of EM helmets and from the inside this one is typically an EM helmet... yet all metal fittings are of officer type...
Bruno
by 911car
Fri Jan 06, 2006 10:06 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Half Size M15 Haube
Replies: 5
Views: 2670

Yes I have often seen M15 hats with half-sizes...
Bruno
by 911car
Thu Jan 05, 2006 11:44 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: J-L. Larcade. R.I.P.?
Replies: 9
Views: 4182

Yes I had confirmation that JL Larcade is dead. And I heard that Didier Laine also passed away! The two French masters of the Pickelhaube. These are very sad news.
Bruno
by 911car
Wed Jan 04, 2006 6:24 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: J-L. Larcade. R.I.P.?
Replies: 9
Views: 4182

I did not know, although I had met him personally in several instances. Sad news
Bruno
by 911car
Sat Dec 24, 2005 6:13 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Replies: 28
Views: 11490

A merry Christmas and very best wishes to all of you!! In Alsace, in eastern France, nobody in the old days would have ever put at the top of the Christmas tree one of these sharp, shiny ornaments that are commonly seen there. The reason was that it would have been a reminder of the hated helmet spi...
by 911car
Fri Dec 16, 2005 5:32 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Super-Small Cockades
Replies: 5
Views: 2940

This is correct. These small cockades were worn on the saxon Tschako (I can't remember the regiment #; 107? 108?..). These are very rare.
Bruno
by 911car
Thu Dec 15, 2005 5:15 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: your opinion about an eventual purchase
Replies: 9
Views: 3674

Maxime ou est cette photo?
Merci, Bruno
by 911car
Wed Dec 14, 2005 1:01 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: your opinion about an eventual purchase
Replies: 9
Views: 3674

Where is the picture?..
Bruno
by 911car
Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:49 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: My latest treasure
Replies: 17
Views: 6132

Very very nice James, congratulations. I have a similar one in the pre-spring 1915 version, just before fittings were painted gray. The mortarboard is removable but metal parts are of brass (from 2nd Garde Ulanen R).
Bruno
by 911car
Mon Nov 28, 2005 6:51 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Ahhhh the 115th
Replies: 15
Views: 7498

Thank you very much Otto!
Just wanted to show that the JR115 helmet posted last week by Joe had been cloned. Note the identical maker's mark...
Bruno
by 911car
Mon Nov 28, 2005 10:01 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Verdigris
Replies: 8
Views: 3293

As far as I know accesssible published Ranglisten (Army lists) exist only for officers. Tracking an enlisted man may not be possible, unless you can access German army archives... I have heard of only one way to reshape a dried EM helmet shell: humidification with water and a hat form. I would not d...
by 911car
Sat Nov 26, 2005 6:45 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Scheinwerfer Btln haube
Replies: 16
Views: 6624

You should not regret your $ 600 Ty! I had never seen this marking before and it is obviously authentic (I remember it took me some time to find out what it is). And I have the same 911! Mine is red to...
Bruno
by 911car
Thu Nov 24, 2005 12:24 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Scheinwerfer Btln haube
Replies: 16
Views: 6624

The same one, with exactly the same marking at the same place, sold on ebay a few months ago. You might be able to find out for how much. I myself cannot remember.
Bruno
by 911car
Thu Nov 24, 2005 12:21 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Col Ron's 117th
Replies: 13
Views: 4832

I own 6 hessian spike helmets. 5 have the horizontal E-W attachment and one (officer, JR117) has the vertical N-S arrangement.
Bruno
by 911car
Thu Nov 24, 2005 12:02 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: About fakes...
Replies: 12
Views: 5339

About fakes...

At the end of “Casques à Pointe et Coiffures Prestigieuses de l’Armée Allemande. 1842-1918 » (vol. 1), Jean-Louis Larcade wrote a section entitled « En matière de faux ». I have translated it in English as I thought it might be of interest for the members of this forum: “About fakes... Between WW1 a...
by 911car
Tue Nov 22, 2005 5:02 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Ahhhh the 115th
Replies: 15
Views: 7498

Amazing! I have EXACTLY the same helmet, with the same marking inside. What a pity I cannot post pictures.
Bruno
by 911car
Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:54 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: It's another Colonel Ron eagle top helmet
Replies: 15
Views: 6739

Joe,
I have two GKR EM helmets and both eagles are marked exactly as this one. Same characters at the same location.
Bruno
by 911car
Wed Nov 09, 2005 2:49 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Helme Makers
Replies: 10
Views: 11148

I would like to add Emile de la Croix, Berlin. Found inside my EM helmet of the 7th Grenadier Regiment. The only spike helemt maker so far with a french name!!!
Bruno
by 911car
Wed Nov 02, 2005 8:31 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: General Marwitz's helmet?
Replies: 7
Views: 3838

Very nice helmet!
Bruno
by 911car
Mon Oct 31, 2005 2:23 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Dragoner Regiment 26 Helmet
Replies: 15
Views: 7499

Oooops.... Sorry Otto! I sent Chas the picture behind the helmet at the same time, hence the confusion (can't remember if I called him Otto...). Hopefully some day I will be able to put a face on each of these names.
Once again, my apologies;
Bruno
by 911car
Mon Oct 31, 2005 1:09 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Dragoner Regiment 26 Helmet
Replies: 15
Views: 7499

There it is! Thank you Chas! The helmet cover has the red "Manoever Band" inside. The spur was mounted on a marble block in the shape of a cup, or ashtray. On one side of the spur is engraved (too small to be photographed) "Rixinger Wald 21 August 1914" and one the other side "Furchtlos und Trew" Br...
by 911car
Mon Oct 31, 2005 1:02 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Dragoner Regiment 26 Helmet
Replies: 15
Views: 7499

Thank you all for your appreciation! I have sent a picture of the rest of the grouping to Chas since I cannot post it myself.
Best,
Bruno
by 911car
Thu Oct 27, 2005 10:30 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Dragoner Regiment 26 Helmet
Replies: 15
Views: 7499

Hi Chas, The picture is an autumn landscape by Abel Herve, a French painter of the impressionist school (end of 19th century). I would be happy to send a picture but I cannot; in fact Brian was nice enough to post the DR26 helmet picture for me. I can make a picture and send it to your own email add...
by 911car
Wed Oct 26, 2005 9:26 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Dragoner Regiment 26 Helmet
Replies: 15
Views: 7499

Dragoner Regiment 26 Helmet

This helmet is not in pristine condition, with notably some surface cracks in the finish, but historically interesting as it belonged to the first officer (and even the first soldier) from Dragoner Regiment 26 who was killed in WW1. He was Reserve Leutnant Albrecht, an engineer in peacetime. On Augu...
by 911car
Sun Oct 23, 2005 4:41 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: 1915 pickelhaube
Replies: 3
Views: 2477

Sorry Joe; I'll try not to forget to log in...
Bruno