Large Baden M15

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Large Baden M15

Post by b.loree » Mon May 18, 2020 3:11 pm

I bought this helmet off a US dealer after we got home from Fla. I have never seen such a large M15 (58 cm) in all my years of collecting/restoring. If anyone else has an 58 cm M15 please post some photos. Both visors needed a restitch on the piece.
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Hilde went a bit off course with the sewing machine here...never seen this before either! :)
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The wappen wedges have never been removed on this clearly marked 58.
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Ready for stitching. You can see how large the visors are and the grey front trim.
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Rear visor pinned.
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An inside view....a very prickly situation! :-?
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Front visor done...Hilde's misstep can clearly be seen. :( Still, I am glad that quality control did not reject this helmet!
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The front trim was put in place then the end holes were punched in. The "punched" metal helped lock the trim to the tips of the visor.
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Rear spine with stamped markings number 1 and FK. Rarely are these spines size stamped and I have never seen a #1 before nor with any initials. I have seen spines marked 2,3 and these were on smaller helmets.
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Rear visor finished. Note the original finish under the spine while the rest of the helmet shows 100+ years of exposure.
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Re: Large Baden M15

Post by Sandmann » Tue May 19, 2020 1:16 am

Looks great Brian, well done :bravo:
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Re: Large Baden M15

Post by aicusv » Tue May 19, 2020 2:27 pm

Thanks for posting, particularly the spine markings. I'm still collecting info on spine sizes. I don't have enough data to make a from conclusion about their system. I have in my collection a size 60, 2 size 59, and 2 size 58.
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Re: Large Baden M15

Post by b.loree » Tue May 19, 2020 3:07 pm

Aicusv, thanks for the information on larger helmets in your collection. Regarding spines, I am going to post this spine picture and 2 other comparisons in our thread about spine sizing. I have #’s 2,3,5 and this #1 for comparison. I remove lots of spines, I would say that less than 5% are size stamped if that. I did encounter one recently where the lower tang was number stamped ie. the one which curves under the visor edge. I will try and track down that photo.
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Re: Large Baden M15

Post by aicusv » Wed May 20, 2020 1:21 pm

I've found the stamp on either the upper tang or lower tang. Numbers I've recorded so far are: 1 (yours),2,3,4, and 7 . The 7 was on a size 61 fiber M'15 helmet and located on the lower tang. This one threw me a curve ball (American Baseball expression, meaning not going as expected). Until that showed up I was beginning to think the lower the number the bigger the helmet size. Basically I thought it was something like this; 1=XXL, 2=XL, 3= L, 4=M, and so on
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Re: Large Baden M15

Post by b.loree » Wed May 20, 2020 4:34 pm

I have just created a new bookmarked thread on this rather obscure subject. :D
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Re: Large Baden M15

Post by kaiser » Fri May 22, 2020 4:51 pm

It just amaizes me how you can make sutch a end result on those old and fragile helmets i have started a project but somehow ended it halve way and for some reason i cant find the guts and patience to go on with it .think i am afraid doing more wrong than good on it so i set it aside to another try comes along

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Re: Large Baden M15

Post by USN » Fri May 22, 2020 9:08 pm

Im sure you can do a good job on it! What seems to be the concerning next step?

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Re: Large Baden M15

Post by aicusv » Sat May 23, 2020 8:40 pm

Kaiser, just keep at it and don't rush. Took me 4 months to restitch a rear visor. Of course I only work on helmets that no matter what I do can't make it worse.
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Re: Large Baden M15

Post by coert65 » Thu May 28, 2020 12:27 pm

Well, I just bought 2 Sachsen helmets, an M95, and an M15. The M15 is absolutely huge compared to my other helmets.
And I thought the Baden M15 I have was large.. But the strange thing is, it is size marked 57,5. I never saw markings in that way, alway's 52, 53, 54,
but never in halfs.

I just got them in, so have no pictures yet, (they arrived 1 hour ago) but I will be posting the marking here, and the helmet itself in the new addition section here on the forum.

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Re: Large Baden M15

Post by b.loree » Thu May 28, 2020 3:11 pm

Hey Coert congrats, I have seen half sizes on officer helmets and OR's. They are rare but they do exist.
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