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Finally complete

Post by J.LeBrasseur » Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:16 pm

Well after many, many years, finally got a Hessian 115 wappen to complete this helmet.

Bruno helped me locate one years ago on Ebay Germany, but the seller stopped the auction and would not sell it to me. Then earlier this year, Alan found one for me on a German Auction site. missing a leaf on the right but otherwise good.

Well paid more for the wappen then I did for the rest of the helmet, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. When am I going to find another???

Thanks Alan for all the help.

This is a lovely named helmet that I am happy to complete. When I found it had everything including Bandeau, just no wappen.

thanks

James

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Re: Finally complete

Post by SkipperJohn » Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:55 pm

Beautiful helmet James.
It can take us years to complete a project, but it is well worth it.

John :bravo: :bravo: :bravo:

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Re: Finally complete

Post by 911car » Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:21 pm

Well done James. Patience rewarded.
A great helmet!
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Re: Finally complete

Post by Tony without Kaiser » Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:49 pm

J.LeBrasseur wrote:Well paid more for the wappen then I did for the rest of the helmet, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. When am I going to find another???
Possibly never. You have to take the shot when the target is in sight. Congratulations as it can be agony trying to complete a helmet missing a critical part. Beautiful looking example James.
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Re: Finally complete

Post by J.LeBrasseur » Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:40 pm

Thanks guy's I never gave up on this one!

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Re: Finally complete

Post by stuka f » Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:38 pm

Well done!
Beautiful helmet.
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Re: Finally complete

Post by Westfront » Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:18 am

Well done great helmet :bravo:

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Re: Finally complete

Post by 3littleweasels » Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:43 am

Now thats a nice helmet !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Finally complete

Post by kaiser » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:51 am

That is a nice end result you made to t that helmet

Its in its fully glory thats al that matters :bravo:

Nice marking in it

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Re: Finally complete

Post by pickelhauben » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:09 am

She is a beauty.

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Re: Finally complete

Post by b.loree » Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:22 pm

Very nice James, congratulations! You have found your Grail at last! :thumb up:
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Post by Neil Young » Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:49 pm

:thumb up:
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Re: Finally complete

Post by SkipperJohn » Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:15 am

SkipperJohn wrote:Beautiful helmet James.
It can take us years to complete a project, but it is well worth it.

John :bravo: :bravo: :bravo:
I just wanted to add this note:
I cannot imagine how long you had to wait to find this Wappen. I have never purchased a helmet that needed more than a
Kokarde, or Kokarden and a chinstrap on M15's. Your post caused me to think about some of the waiting and searching I have
done.
You recently helped me find an original Bavarian Kokarde, priced right, total wait time = over two years.
I am still looking for a Saxon Reichs Kokarde to match this one:

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55mm, non-serrated, large center hole for M91 lug. When I bought this Saxon helmet I remember thinking that I might have
to wait a couple of years to find an original Kokarde. Total wait, so far = 16 years!!!

I can't even find a reproduction of this (unless I enlarge the center hole).

I admire your patience,

John :cry:

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Re: Finally complete

Post by WEIMAR » Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:19 am

A real pleasure to see this superb helmet.
It's got the lot: beauty, rarity and condition. Excellent.

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Re: Finally complete

Post by ww1czechlegion » Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:50 am

Hi James,

Your helmet looks absolutely fantastic! =D> \:D/ It's in excellent condition, and the markings are an added bonus on the back visor.

It's great to see that it was brought home by a Doughboy from the 50th Engineers. I wonder if some research can be done on him?

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Re: Finally complete

Post by Peter_Suciu » Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:48 am

Congratulations on being able to complete this helmet. Top notch job James.

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Re: Finally complete

Post by festwagner » Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:07 pm

Congratulations !

I tried too to find Wappen which fits to an helmet and that's not easy. So when the wappen is scarce, it is more difficult.

I like the writing inside, showing that this helmet was took by a US soldier.

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Re: Finally complete

Post by Maple Creek » Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:34 pm

James, Congratulations! Beautiful piece. It's nice the way the patina of the wappen matches the rest of the trim.

I can really empathize with this particular project. I bought a wrecked IR 115 pickelhaube and then launched a parts search. The most difficult thing was the rear visor. I got lucky with pickelhaube shell stamped for IR 116. We harvested the rear visor and doctored it with period German type set to make the "6" into a "5."

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Re: Finally complete

Post by argonne » Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:06 pm

Great, James! Congratulations!

And the good thing, is that you found a JR115 Wappen matching the RBA18 marking on the neckguard. (RBA18 helmets of the JR115 were war-made helmets).
Wappen which have fitted the pre-war JR115 helmets (marked JR115)are a little bit different, some very few details :wink:

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Re: Finally complete

Post by J.LeBrasseur » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:09 am

Thanks again everyone, it really is a pleasure to complete this one.

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Re: Finally complete

Post by JR92 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:15 am

Hello James,

A good work !

I just think the lion is a 115's one, and the star a RBA 18's.
But... Don't worry, some of the RBA18 marked of these helmets were assembled or completed with different parts.

I made some years ago a little reseaarch about these differences.
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Above, a RBA 18
Under, a genuine 115 (pre-war, or pre-1915)

The RBA is not so silvered, seems grey. (I think the quality was lower).
The two parts of the tail are closer
The rays on the star are not the same.
The "stones" are more accentuated.
The lion's paw on the left (above the laurel) is different.

And, of course, the middle of the star never has the little defekt of matrix we often can see on the 115's stars.

Here an over view. (left RBA 18).

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If you want, I can show other differences. (spike, leather, etc...)

And... I apologize for my bad English. \:D/
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Re: Finally complete

Post by Khukri » Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:21 am

Fine collection!!

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Re: Finally complete

Post by J.LeBrasseur » Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:19 pm

JR your English is great, and thanks for pointing this out, very interesting information.

Yes, if you do not mind, point out the other differences!

I appreciate it all

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Re: Finally complete

Post by b.loree » Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:58 pm

Very interesting indeed. My JR 115 helmet is faintly marked RBA 18 on the rear visor. The wappen though, is of pre war quality. I will post some pictures shortly, so we can compare.
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Re: Finally complete

Post by randy trawnik » Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:09 am

Great to have the olde boy all together again. Congrats.

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Re: Finally complete

Post by edwin » Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:36 am

Great helmet, congrats :D

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Re: Finally complete

Post by USMC-EOD » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:08 pm

Very Beautiful helmet, Mr. LeBrassuer.

Semper Fi,

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Re: Finally complete

Post by pppara » Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:45 pm

hi
very nice helmet....

is there a trade mark?

thanks for sharing...
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Re: Finally complete

Post by b.loree » Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:18 pm

Here is my 115 marked RBA18:

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This helmet was found by a fellow collector 15+ years ago in British Columbia CN. Fortunately he was not a Haube collector and agreed to sell it to me. I never thought that I would ever own one of these! My Hessen M15 with round spike base is also stamped RBA 18. I will post pics of this soon.

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An interior shot, the faint RBA18 marking is on the left side of the rear visor. Note as well, that despite being an RBA helme the spike base fasteners are old style screw post and square nut. The helmet also shows the typical Hessen large support disc for the cruciform base.
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Re: Finally complete

Post by coert65 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:57 am

Thats truly a beautiful helmet Brian, :bravo:

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