French Chasseur type helmet

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French Chasseur type helmet

Post by poniatowski » Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:56 am

I can't remember if I posted this or not, but this might be a good place to re-post this if I have.
Picked this up at a flea market many years ago. It had been sawed in half as a decorator piece. Using silver solder, I put it back together, re-lined it and gave it a new horse hair plume. :)

As found: (this was two mirror-image halves)

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Taken apart, ready to restore. The comb had to be un-soldered before silver soldering, so it didn't all fall apart during the heating of the metal. It was then re-soldered using the solder that was already there... I don't recall adding any.

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On display. It's difficult to see the horse hair, but it was replaced to about 12 inches under the cape of the helmet. If I can find a photo of it (so it can be seen) I'll post it.

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A close-up so you can see the seam. The steel helmet and brass are both soldered separately then assembled.

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:D Ron
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Re: French Chasseur type helmet

Post by KAGGR#1 » Sat Mar 26, 2016 1:16 pm

You did a great job on it .
I am not sure
that if you did not tell us that
that I would have never noticed that
you put it back together

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Re: French Chasseur type helmet

Post by Pickelhaube » Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:45 am

You did a great job restoring this helmet. Like KAGGR#1said, i wouldn't have noticed the helmet the helmet was sawed in half before if you didn't said it.

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Re: French Chasseur type helmet

Post by b.loree » Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:13 pm

Yes an excellent piece of workmanship. One would never know that it had been "halved"!
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Re: French Chasseur type helmet

Post by poniatowski » Mon Mar 28, 2016 1:40 pm

Thanks all, it's much easier to see in person.

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