Repairing A Felt Pickehaube

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Repairing A Felt Pickehaube

Post by pickelhauben » Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:15 pm

Hey guys if there is interest , I took a few pics as I was repairing a felt that I got off of E-bay a few months ago.

It was a mish mash of parts gray spike brass posts and a brass plate.

I got it at a reasonable price and with the damage I thought that I could handle it.

When I got it in hand I found out that the eagle was HOT GLUED TO THE FRONT OF THE HELMET.

One more hurdle I did not count on.

So here we go.


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After I peeled off the wappen. NO EASY TASK !!

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As I was shaving off the hardened hot wax , I kept on slipping with the knife as I was cutting.
So it was better to protect the surrounding area so as not to cut it up.

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After shaving the wax.

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Next step plug the hole that was the size of a quarter.


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Where am I going to get a match ? Under the spike .
I held a piece of tape under the large hole and traced it.
Then I cut the tape out and stuck it on the area that that I wanted to use as a plug
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Here I am fitting the plug.
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The reverse

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I did skip a few steps after I glued the patch I had to sand it to the contours of the helmet .

I took the helmet to Home Depot to get a paint match.
The first try was a little dark .
So I went down to get the paint a little lighter.
Still not quite right but there are things that can be done to make the paint lighter.

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With a little of spot sanding and my trusty felt tipped pins I was able to blend things in.
The final result looked like smudged dirty felt. The hole is gone. :thumb up:
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After
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I repeated the process inside as well.

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Now prepairing the donar hole .
Same process but I am working with white felt for the patch.
It was actually a little easier because white takes coloring a little better .

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Inside

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Finished
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Inside
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Just a little more touch up and I have it.
The loops on the Garde plate were no were near to the holes on the helmet.
But a grey Wurt plate was

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I do have a liner for it that will go in whenever.

Should I change out those brass posts for steel ?

Or keep them ?

Feed back is welcome.
Last edited by pickelhauben on Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:39 am, edited 2 times in total.

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Post by Jaap Verduijn » Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:10 pm

Clever!!! :bravo:
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Post by Neil Young » Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:51 pm

That is impressive workmanship, which I always admire. Thank you for showing.
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Post by Leone » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:27 pm

Good job! Thanks for sharing!

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Post by aicusv » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:32 pm

Very nice job. I've restored the shape of a felt helm, but I'm not too sure I'd want to under take patching a hole. It appears that mixed metal parts on these was not unheard of.
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Post by Pontiac9999 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:14 am

Wow, that is phenomenal work! You have done an amazing job!

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Post by pickelhauben » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:48 am

Thanks guys it means a lot.

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Post by Pontiac9999 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:55 pm

I would definitely changed out the posts to m15 steel. Then the whole helmet will match and you will have a perfect example of a complete Wurttemberg felt helmet.

I like the m15 plate, I see you scored that one from Age of Kings........ :D

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Post by kaiser » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:41 pm

That is a clever solution to restore a felt helmet , would never come across that idea
I would do the same with the brass posts , then it is back how it schould be
I realy like the end result well done :thumb up:

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Post by gunner cooper » Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:09 pm

What a transformation, great work. =D>

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Post by pickelhauben » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:36 am

Thanks again guys.


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I like the m15 plate, I see you scored that one from Age of Kings........

Yes I did !!

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Post by USMC-EOD » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:16 am

Wow. Outstanding save! Impressive, and a great idea and tutorial. Thanks!

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Post by b.loree » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:30 pm

Excellent tutorial with impressive results :thumb up:
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