PICKELHAUBE SURPRISE!

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PICKELHAUBE SURPRISE!

Post by dpwickicky » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:36 am

I got a very nice surprise recently, having purchased what looked like a normal pickelhaube at a resonable price. Only $150 and in pretty good condition, though nothing special about it, but I said 'oh to hell with it, I'll get it', since it wasn't expensive. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be made of a pressed fibre of some kind, orange in colour, with a reinforced visor, but lacquered on the outside with the same finish as would have been used on a leather helmet, giving it the outward apperance of a standard pickelhaube! I'm not sure exactly what it's made of, but given the fact that it was home to some kind of beetle, having a number of little holes inside, I should think it isn't rabbit fur, and anyway I can't see anything in it that looks like hair of any kind. Perhaps a fibreboard of some kind? I really don't know. Anyway, it's rather a nice find, the first of it's kind I've come across, and I think worth more than what I paid for it. If anybody knows exactly what the bright orange fibre is I'd be interested to know.
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Re: PICKELHAUBE SURPRISE!

Post by pointystuff » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:02 am

$150 beats $405:
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Post by joerookery » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:04 am

I cannot see well on my iPad but it might be paper mâché. certainly is exciting and worth far more than $150! Congrats
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Post by Adler » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:31 am

You definately should take better and larger pictures, I see just a small black blob on my screen :cry: ... But with the provided pictures it looks like a felt variation...

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Post by RON » Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:46 pm

The chinstrap by itself, if authentic, would sell for that much ($150); sometimes more... One lucky find indeed! :bravo:
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Post by edwin » Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:53 pm

Nice find! Could you please post better pics? That would be more informative.

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Post by dpwickicky » Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:47 pm

Thanks for the comments guys. I'll get better photos when I have the camera back! Yes, a nice item. Chinstrap seems genuine. Inkstamped for B.A. X but can't make out the date. Thanks again.

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Post by poniatowski » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:35 pm

Interesting indeed! Nice find! Looking forward to more photos.

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I really do need to know more about this....

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Post by b.loree » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:18 pm

Not papier mache in my opinion. Note how the edge of the rear visor is folded under. In my opinion a typical felt helme with shellac finish on the outside and metal visor trim.
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Post by joerookery » Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:09 am

Not papier mache in my opinion. Note how the edge of the rear visor is folded under. In my opinion a typical felt helme with shellac finish on the outside and metal visor trim.
I think that you are right. Larger screen here at home however we still need bigger pictures!
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